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Panthers hand Bulldogs trial game belting

The SG Ball Panthers scored an impressive 40-12 trial match victory over Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Windsor Sports Complex on Saturday.

The Panthers piled on ten tries as Luke Hanson and Bayden Moran bagged doubles, whilst Kamoe Fekitoa dominated in attack, making multiple line breaks.

It was Fekitoa who opened the scoring for the Panthers in the 6th minute - the beneficiary of a flick pass from Hanson.

Three minutes later Fekitoa turned provider, setting up winger Sam Lane in the corner to put Penrith ahead 8-0. 

The Panthers were well in control and after gaining a penalty off a tackle break from Fekitoa, a shift to the edge allowed Moran to cross out wide. 

However the Bulldogs suddenly hit back, finding a hole in the Panthers defensive line to make the score 12-4. 

Their joy was short-lived though as a slick pass from Zac Hunter allowed Moran to slip through for his second try in the 29th minute. 

Isaiya Katoa was next to cash in for the Panthers, with a strong kick chase resulting in another try just before the break.


The Panthers continued their commanding form after half-time, with Fekitoa linking up with Angelis Hotere-Papalii to make significant metres. 

Luron Patea was forced to make a try-saving tackle in the 50th minute as the Bulldogs desperately attempted to put themselves in the contest.

But a try by Hunter in the corner continued the procession, before Fletcher Haycock stepped his way through, flicked a pass to Hotere-Papalii, who offloaded for Hanson to score and make it 28-0.

Panthers halfback Mitchell Chester touched down in the 60th minute and this was soon followed by a try to Riley Wake.

A late surge and two tries to the Bulldogs added some respectability to the scoreboard, as the Panthers got some valuable practise defending repeat sets on their line. 

However it was the Panthers who had the final say, with Hanson claiming his double on the end of a length-of-the-field effort and an offload by Moustafa Dirani. 


Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.