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NRL match preview: Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury Bulldogs

Date: Saturday, March 22
Kick-off: 4:30pm (Sydney time)



1 Matt Moylan 2 Kevin Naiqama 3 Dean Whare 4 Jamal Idris 5 Josh Mansour 6 Jamie Soward 7 Peter Wallace (C) 8 Nigel Plum 9 Kevin Kingston (C) 10 Sam Mckendry 11 Lewis Brown 12 Elijah Taylor 13 Adam Docker Interchange 14 James Segeyaro 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Tyrone Peachey 17 Tim Grant


1 Sam Perrett 2 Mitch Brown 3 Josh Morris 4 Chase Stanley 5 Corey Thompson 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Ennis 10 James Graham 11 Frank Pritchard 12 Tony Williams 13 Dale Finucane Interchange 14 Josh Jackson 15 Patrick O’Hanlon 16 Tim Browne 17 David Klemmer


Canterbury will show plenty of enthusiasm off the back of a big win on Monday night.  You would expect Josh Morris to get his hands on the ball quite a bit and use his speed to get past Jamal Idris and Josh Mansour.  They’ll also be expecting to intimidate Penrith with Pritchard, Graham and Williams.  A forward battle looms opposing hit-men Docker and Plum, and the reliable Elijah Taylor.  Josh Reynolds will be dangerous close to the line as he almost acts like a seventh forward with his strength.  Bit stretched on the bench for game breakers with Josh Jackson not having the same impact on a game as he did when first introduced to the NRL.

Penrith on the other hand with the return of Jamie Soward will be looking to run around the Bulldogs pack.  His inclusion will result in a more strategic kicking game along with Wallace, especially deep into the corners in an attempt to force Canterbury’s pack to walk back to their ten. Just like last week in their loss to Melbourne, expect James Segeyaro and Tyrone Peachey to change the game at around the twenty-fifth minute and stretch the Dogs in defence.  If Penrith can be with, or ahead of the Bulldogs when these two are introduced, the game could go well in favour of the home side.

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