Penrith Panthers 12
Tries: Matt Moylan, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Goals: Jamie Soward 2/2
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18
Tries:James Graham, Josh Jackson, Dale Finucane
Goals: Tim Lafai 3/3
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have set up a Grand Final with the South Sydney Rabbitohs following an 18-12 victory over the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium tonight.
A foot injury to Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis was the only downside for the victors as they repelled a brave Panthers side to make their second grand final in three years.
There were plenty of errors and penalties in the opening 40 minutes with just three tries scored and the Bulldogs led 12-6 at half time.
Bulldogs prop James Graham crashed over in the 15th minute to give his side the lead and when Josh Reynolds set up Josh Jackson in the 27th minute, the Bulldogs enjoyed a 12-0 lead.
In the final minute of the half, Moylan snuck through the Bulldogs’ defence and reached out to score. Soward converted for a 12-6 half time score-line.
The Bulldogs reshuffled their team in the second half after Ennis failed to return and Reynolds slotted into dummy half, but had little impact on the remainder of the match.
After 58 minutes, a terrific Greg Eastwood offload close to the line set up Dale Finucane for a try to extend his sides’ lead. Lafai added the extras and with 20 minutes remaining, the Bulldogs led 18-6.
In the 72nd minute, Jamie Soward put up a towering bomb and Panthers winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak came flying through to collect the ball and score a great try. Soward’s conversion made it 18-12 but the Bulldogs held firm to book their place in next Sunday night’s decider.