Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, scores, result, SuperCoach, Origin teams, NSW Blues, Dylan Edwards, Taylan May shine

The Panthers have put in a strong performance without six Origin stars, coming away with a 30-18 win at home.

Debutant Kurt Falls started his first grade career with a pinpoint kick to find backrower Chris Smith to kick off the scoring.

“This talks about the depth and culture of the Penrith Panthers,” Cooper Cronk said.

“Falls falls into the kicking role of Ivan Cleary … they are prepared and have started tremendously well.”

Then the competition’s “best left side attack” broke away, with young gun Izack Tago finding fullback Dylan Edwards in space to cross for the second of the night.

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Josh Addo-Carr and Burton combined for the Bulldogs first of the night, with the emotion pouring out of the Canterbury winger who was left out of Fittler’s Blues squad.

“Boy isn’t happy, and the Bulldogs are out of nowhere,” Dan Ginnane said.

“The golden boot of Matt Burton … Josh Addo-Carr, he has been in the news this week, how about the emotion on his face.”

Panthers’ winger Taylan May then equaled the competition’s leading try scorer, crossing for his 12th of the year, before William Kikau crossed before halftime.

The Panthers held a commanding 22-6 lead coming into halftime, before Matt Burton mounted a late comeback.

The former Panther again found Addo-Carr with a kick in space before scoring a try of his own, but it ultimately wasn’t enough as the Panthers showed their class closing out the game with a Jaeman Salmon try.

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Panthers’ fullback Dylan Edwards has again proved why he is one of the competition’s best at the back with a huge performance against the Bulldogs.

Penrith were without six Origin players for their demolition job at BlueBet Stadium, and Edwards’ teammates picked for the Blues have made it clear they believe the 26-year-old wouldn’t be out of place in the squad.

“He’d be well suited to Origin because of how tough he is and how much work he gets through,” Nathan Cleary said to the SMH.

Edward backed up his star halfback’s claims with a huge performance, recording 188 running meters, three tackle breaks, one line break and a try as captain.

Fox League commentators Cooper Cronk and Dan Ginnane spoke highly of Edwards’ performance in Round 13.

“That is the strength of Dylan Edwards, he makes the difficult look easy, and he did it last week with a ball to score a try against the Cowboys,” Fox League’s Cooper Cronk said.

“A lot of comments from his Penrith teammates that he wouldn’t look out of place in Origin camp but obviously he has picked up a pretty bad time to be a top-class fullback,” Dan Ginnane said.

Edwards has some stiff competition in the fullback role, with incumbent James Tedesco set to be a mainstay for years to come and the talented pairing of Ryan Papenhuyzen and Nicho Hynes both in the Origin conversation in 2022.

But if the reliable Panther keeps performing, he could force Brad Fittler’s hand in years to come.


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Panthers young gun has rocketed himself to the top of the try-scoring leaderboard, equalling injured Storm star Ryan Papenhuyzen with 12 four-pointers.

The mountain men re-signed the young gun during the week, kicking off their retention drive with a number of key players off-contract.

May was a clear priority for Ivan Cleary and the club wasted no time securing his future, locking in the 20-year-old gun until the end of 2024.

“Taylan May has rocketed himself into a leading try-scorer with his four-pointer tonight,” Fox League’s Hannah Hollis said.

“What a season Taylan May is having out on that left-edge, was terrific in this first half,” Fox League’s Corey Parker said.

“Try number 12 in his season.”

“He is a great young player, we talked early in the game about the opportunity to blood some young players and he has been one of the best they have found this season,” Benji Marshall said.

May finished the night with impressive stats – 118 running meters, three tackle breaks, a line break and a try.

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Prior to tonight’s clash, Matt Burton had won eight games from eight appearances at BlueBet Stadium, while wearing a Panthers jersey.

Now he is eight from nine, and zero in the blue and white strip of the Bulldogs.

Meanwhile his side’s attacking woes were laid bare as he had a hand in each of his teams tries.

Burton kicked twice to Addo-Carr before scoring a try of his own with a slicing run, but Addo-Carr and the former Panther cannot do it on their own going forward.

“That genuinely looks like the only way the Bulldogs look like scoring points, through the boot of Matt Burton and the speed of Addo-Carr,” Cronk said.

The Bulldogs have struggled to score points in 2022 and have the same lowest points in the competition, tied with the Knights who have a game in hand.

Mick Potter will be hoping to unlock his side on the offensive end, otherwise the other 15 NRL clubs will soon work out how to shut down the Bulldogs one trick in attack.

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