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26 Apr 2018 by TSZ

2018 NRL – Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 27th April, 10:55 (UK)

Where? Panthers Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will not be televised live in the UK Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

PANTHERS

Head Coach: Anthony Griffin

Starting 13: Edwards, Crichton, Harawira-Naera, Whare, Watene-Zelezniak, Peachey, Maloney, Merrin, Wallace, Campbell-Gillard, Kikau, Yeo, Fisher-Harris – Interchanges: Katoa, Hetherington, Leota, Tamou – Reserves: Egan, Lui-Toso, Eisenhuth, Ellis

Unavailable: Tyrone Phillips, Tyrone May, Tim Browne, Sam McKendry, Nathan Cleary, Waqa Blake, Josh Mansour

  • Penrith fell to just their second defeat of the season as their late comeback against Cronulla wasn’t enough to get them over the line. The Sharks were in front for most of the game and despite two late tries for the Panthers, it wasn’t enough as they lost 26-22.
  • Anthony Griffin has named the same side that lost to Cronulla last week as he challenges them to bounce straight back with a win against the Bulldogs.
  • According to the stats, Penrith dominated in most areas against Cronulla. They made fewer errors whilst enjoying more possession, enjoyed a higher completion rate as well as making almost 300 metres more than the Sharks but still couldn’t get the win as Cronulla defended their line well.

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Mbye, B. Morris, J. Morris, Hopoate, Montoya, Marshall-King, Foran, Woods, Lichaa, Klemmer, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Elliott – Interchanges: Fine, Fualalo, Eastwood, Holland – Reserves: Olive, Martin, Toomaga, Frawley

Unavailable: Tom Carr, Aiden Tolman

  • Canterbury went down to Sydney Roosters last week in a low-scoring game. The Roosters took the lead through Latrell Mitchell’s fourth-minute converted try with that turning out to be the only points in the game as the Bulldogs lost 0-6.
  • Dean Pay has challenged the same 17 to provide the goods in this week’s game against the Panthers, claiming his side are desperate for a win.
  • Canterbury just couldn’t get over the line last week and blew a great opportunity to pick up a win in doing so. They had more possession, completed at a higher rate, made over 550 metres more than the Roosters whilst forcing them into making over 100 tackles more than they had to make but despite that, they failed to even get on the scoresheet.

THE PREDICTION

Two sides who were wasteful with the ball come up against each other this week. The Panthers and Bulldogs will both be wondering how they didn’t win their respective games against the Sharks and Roosters and will be looking to put things right this week. Penrith lost just their second game of the season whilst the Bulldogs were unable to add to their two wins. Penrith have won all three of their games at Panthers Stadium so far this season and are better equipped to bounce back this week with them having too much for the Bulldogs.

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