Mbye inspires Bulldogs comeback


Moses Mbye's second try of the match and a conversion from NRL debutant Kerrod Holland with the last kick of the game completed a rousing fightback from Canterbury Bulldogs as they beat Penrith Panthers 18-16 at Pepper Stadium on Thursday.

The Panthers were beaten by Canberra Raiders in their first game of the season last Saturday, but looked set to respond with a victory when they raced into a 14-0 lead with just over 20 minutes on the clock.

Early tries from Peta Hiku and Sam McKendry put the Panthers on course for a first NRL win under Anthony Griffin, with Jamie Soward converting both scores and also slotting over a penalty.

But a well worked try from Will Hopoate got the Bulldogs back in it and Mbye added the extras to reduce the deficit to eight points at half-time.

Another Soward penalty increased Canterbury's advantage, but halfback Mbye went over on the hour-mark and then completed a double with a great finish right at the death to allow Holland to make it two wins out of two for Des Hasler's men. 

The Panthers were celebrating 50 years in the NRL with a match against the team they met in their first competitive game, but the Bulldogs spoiled the party.