In-form Panthers inflict more pain on Bulldogs

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Penrith Panthers stretched their winning run to four NRL matches with a 16-8 victory over the out-of-sorts Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium on Thursday.

The in-form Panthers moved level on points with eighth-placed St. George Illawarra Dragons by outscoring the Bulldogs by three tries to one, a day after Canterbury coach Des Hasler dismissed talk of his job being under threat.

Peter Wallace dived on a loose ball to round off a scrappy move for the opening try, which Nathan Cleary converted after he was on target with an early penalty.

The Bulldogs hit back to level at the break courtesy of a Josh Reynolds try and four points from the boot of Kerrod Holland, but - sitting six points adrift of the top eight - they are surely out of the hunt for a finals spot after failing to score in the second half.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak put the Panthers back in front by leaping over in the corner one-handed and Tyrone Peachey added a third try 10 minutes from time, getting on the end of his own kick-and-chase after Will Hopoate made a mess of trying to gather the ball in the in-goal area.