The Penrith Panthers have held on to beat Canterbury 24-18 after a late fightback from the Bulldogs.
Penrith dominated the first 65 minutes, racing to a 24-0 lead. They were in complete control until the 70th minute, then the Bullodgs scored their first try, before crossing for two more in the final 10 minutes to create a crazy ending.
In the first half Canterbury was frustrated and that boiled over when Josh Jackson nailed Dallin Watene-Zeleniak.
The Panthers were finding space around the park and James Segeyaro capped off a man of the match performance with an impressive solo try.
But the Bulldogs wouldn’t lie down and Josh Reynolds was nailed by Tyrone Peached with a high shot as he tried to spark his teammates into action.
The final 10 minutes was frenetic as the Bulldogs targeted a tiring Penrith. Brett Morris gave the visitors hope with a brilliant try, fending off Jamie Soward and beating two others to make his way over the line.
But the miracle comeback wasn’t to be, the Panthers just holding on for the six-point victory.