EbeneNews – AU – Panthers barely beat an eye against Dogs for 15th straight win


    Bulldogs mainstay Luke Thompson is set to miss the start of next season after alleged glance at James Tamou in the Panthers 42-0 win on Saturday afternoon

    However, the incident did not derail the Panthers who scored their biggest win of the year, ending the 20-round season with a 15th straight win and just one loss.

    The England striker was reported in the 15th minute after Tamou made a formal complaint to referee Henry Perenara Thompson now considering a ban which is expected to be postponed until next season

    However, Tamou played down the halftime incident and said he didn’t think there was « much »

    « I was hoping to get the penalty, but I just felt something there, » he said « My eyes were closed I think there was a little bit of emotion being their last game of the year I think everything is fine »

    Head coach Ivan Cleary opened up about the post-game incident but wasn’t sure whether a suspension would be handed to Thompson

    « I only saw the replay later on the big screens, » he said « Jimmy Tamou has played a lot of games and been tackled many times he wouldn’t have done that without it think « 

    Interim coach Steve Georgallis insisted there was nothing in it and « didn’t think » it would lead to missed games

    « It was just one of those days you could see it was the first 15 verses, » he said « I really disappointed the way this match ended We lost a lot of players « 

    The bad run continued for Canterbury, with Jayden Okunbur hobbling off the pitch with an alleged ACL break in the 25th minute Okunbur returned to the Bulldogs for Round 18, after being struck off in April following a preseason scandal at Port Macquarie

    « The season is going a bit longer, any injury now means you probably won’t be ready until June, July of next year, » Georgallis said

    Aiden Tolman’s final hurray with Canterbury was also ruined by a calf injury during warm-up, depriving the 275-game veteran of a proper start

    The match was also the last appearance of Tim Lafai and Jesse Sue in Bulldogs colors.They head out the door with Tolman in an eight-player clean-up alongside Marcelo Montoya, Kerrod Holland, Jack Cogger, Isaiah Tass and the veteran Kieran Foran, who signed a one-year contract with Manly this week

    It was also a final appearance for NRL starting referee Gavin Badger, to whom the NRL has not offered a contract for next season

    “I’m disappointed that I didn’t play today,” Tolman said after the game “You would like to know it’s your last game running there and have that kind of emotion”

    Will Hopoate’s 100-game celebrations were also eclipsed, with Raymond Faitala-Mariner forced to injure his ankle in the second half

    Cleary joked after the game that Trent Barrett was in the coaches box with him watching his future players drop like flies

    “Every Bulldogs player who got injured got stressed out,” Cleary said. “Today it wasn’t really about the minor premier – it was last week – so today we were trying to prepare for the finals I felt good about what happened today

    « A new competition starts next week with the best teams We are very confident with our own game and what we can produce »

    The Panthers seemed eager to give Barrett a reference to take at Belmore, once again demonstrating why they are the Prime Minister’s favorites

    Brian To’o opened the scoring in the right corner in the seventh minute, before Capewell scored twice in the first half Aided by a try from Brent Naden, the Panthers entered at half-time 20 -0

    Josh Mansour started the Panther’s effort in the second half with a creative leap for the left corner, which almost saw him pull out a cameraman on the sidelines Naden scored his second for the afternoon before for Matt Burton to join the party to secure his team their biggest win of the year

    In a sign that it was not Thompson’s day, the English import was denied a try in the final minutes before Tamou crashed into the line at three minutes out of the hour for his first of the season

    Ivan Cleary beamed ear to ear in response to Tamou’s try and as the Panthers players lifted the JJ Giltinan shield

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    EbeneNews – AU – Panthers barely beat an eye against Dogs for 15th straight win

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