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The Canterbury Bulldogs have beaten a weakened Penrith Panthers side 46-20 at Telstra Stadium.
It was a strong first 20 minutes for Penrith with the bulk of possession and an early penalty goal before Roberts and Lewis combined to give them an early 8 point lead.
The good work was quickly turned around as Steve Price was first held up over the line and minutes later Brent Sherwin finally crossed to swing momentum the Bulldogs way.
Sherwin then scored his second try shortly before half time to give the Bulldogs the lead and make the score 12-8 at the break.
The Bulldogs started off the second half with the same intensity as they finished the first and extended their lead early with Andrew Ryan scoring.
From there the flood gates opened with youngsters like Sonny-Bill Williams, Tonga and Lolesi shining as the Bulldogs ran away with the match.
Scorers: BULLDOGS 46 Tries: Sherwin 2, Tonga 2, Lolesi 2, Ryan, Utai Goals: El Masri 7/8 defeated PANTHERS 20 Tries: Lewis, Waterhouse, Campbell Goals: Roberts 4/4
By the clock: 0 min: Kick-off!
3rd min: NEWS - Preston Campbell, not usually known for his defence, pulled off a beauty on Matt Utai, upending him and forcing the ball loose.
6th min: NEWS - Trent Waterhouse has bombed an early try scoring chance for Penrith, not being able to take a round the corner ball from Gower.
8th min: NEWS - Canterbury have given away the first penalty of the match with Braith Anasta being caught offside in the dummy half area.
11th min: PENALTY GOAL - Panthers. Willie Mason gave away a penalty on his own goal line and Amos Roberts slotted the two points - Panthers 2-0.
16th min: TRY - Panthers. On the back of a penalty the Panthers went hot on attack and found their way over the line through Luke Lewis. Roberts converts - Panthers 8-0.
20th min: NEWS - Penrith have dominated play in this first quarter and had a couple of calls go their way.
21st min: NEWS - Steve Price has been held up over the line after a video referee decision.
25th min: NEWS - Momentum has quickly swung the Bulldogs way in the last five minutes with several attacking sets on Penrith's line.
28th min: TRY - Bulldogs. After the Panthers failed to make touch from a penalty the Bulldogs went on attack. Several tackles later Price ran to the line and offloaded back for Brent Sherwin to score next to the posts. El Masri converts - Panthers 8-6.
29th min: NEWS - The Bulldogs have made a big mistake in losing the ball from the kick-off putting them under pressure instantly.
34th min: NEWS - The Panthers have spoiled a couple of good scoring opportunities with forward passes in recent minutes.
36th min: TRY - Bulldogs. Brent Sherwin chipped behind the line for Sonny-Bill Williams who passed back to Sherwin to score. El Masri converts - Bulldogs 12-8.
38th min: NEWS - Teenage prodigy Sonny-Bill Williams has made a big impact after only minutes on the field, this time by breaking through two defenders and putting on a great step on the fullback.
40th min: HALF TIME - After a strong first 20 minutes of the match Penrith have fallen apart in the back end of the half with the possession and scoreboard swinging the other way. Half time score - Bulldogs 12 Panthers 8.
41st min: The second half is underway!
45th min: TRY - Bulldogs. Canterbury went to the short side with an overlap and big Andrew Ryan stormed to the line and planted the ball after a struggle with Priddis. El Masri fails to convert - Bulldogs 16-8.
46th min: NEWS - Tony Puletua has a knee injury and is unlikely to return for the Panthers.
48th min: NEWS - The Panthers desperately need to be the next to score as the Bulldogs have leaped ahead on the scoreboard and are playing with the same intensity with which they finished the first half.
51st min: TRY - Bulldogs. Braith Anasta broke through the line and sent the ball to Utai to dive in the corner. El Masri converts from the sideline - Bulldogs 22-8.
55th min: NEWS - Braith Anasta nearly scored a try from a bomb but Amos Roberts managed to hold him up over the line.
61st min: NEWS - The official attendance for tonight?s match is: 21,644.
62nd min: TRY - Bulldogs. Willie Tonga scores his second try in several minutes. Rhys Wesser dropped a bomb and Tonga simply picked up the ball and went under the posts. El Masri converts - Bulldogs 34-8.
64th min: NEWS - Willie Mason has provided one of the more comical moments of the night, after being put into a big hole and with nobody within sight he dropped the ball cold.
66th min: TRY - Panthers. Trent Waterhouse planted the ball down over the line in a determined effort to give Penrith a faint hope. Roberts converts - Bulldogs 34-14.
71st min: TRY - Bulldogs. After a quick play the ball the Bulldogs went out wide and Lolesi stormed through the line to score. El Masri converts - Bulldogs 40-14.
74th min: NEWS - The Bulldogs have been denied a try by the video referee with Andrew Ryan losing the ball after a great run.
77th min: TRY - Panthers. Priddis made a break, drew in the fullback and sent Preston Campbell away for a consolation try. Roberts convert - Bulldogs 40-20.
80th min: TRY - Bulldogs. Lolesi caps off a great night with a brilliant individual try on the stroke of full time. El Masri converts - Bulldogs 46-20.
80th min: FULL TIME - The Bulldogs have completely run away with this match from the 20th minute onwards in a dominate display. Full time score: Bulldogs 46 Panthers 20.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - B Sherwin (Bulldogs) 2 - W Tonga (Bulldogs) 1 - SB Williams (Bulldogs) -----------------------------------------