Taylan May was once cruelly left striking as a post-match interview with Andrew Johns ended on a clumsy notice, forcing his mate to step in.
Taylan May was once left striking, and didn’t he realize it.
The Penrith younger gun has emerged as a major ability at the wing this 12 months and scored an acrobatic attempt in his staff’s 30-18 win over the Bulldogs on Friday night time.
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But his spectacular efforts counted for not anything within the sheds after the event when he and Panthers teammate Izack Tago had been being interviewed by means of NRL legend Andrew Johns.
After finishing the chat by means of telling the Penrith stars they’re “killing it”, May introduced to shake Johns’ hand, however the 8th Immortal was once already on his method.
He’d grew to become his again and headed off to seek out some other participant within the Penrith line-up to talk to, leaving May and his outstretched hand stranded.
Fortunately, his excellent mate Tago stepped in and shook his hand as an alternative, main May to damage down in laughter as he hugged his centre spouse.
The incident noticed Johns roasted by means of his Nine colleagues later within the broadcast.
“And he (May) knew,” James Bracey laughed. “That’s great, he went for the hug.”
Paul Gallen added Johns “may want to go and make up with him”.
The Panthers shrugged off the absence of six Origin stars to defeat Canterbury and ship an ominous caution to the contest that even with out their largest names, the reigning champs gets the activity completed.
Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Isaah Yeo, Stephen Crichton, Liam Martin and Brian To’o all watched from the sidelines as Sean O’Sullivan and debutant Kurt Falls helped the Panthers do what they couldn’t of their premiership season: compete within the Origin duration.
The minor premiership now appears inside of achieve for Penrith and the season is handiest midway completed; the Panthers are two video games transparent on the best they usually’ve gotten via most probably their hardest sport of the 12 months on the subject of body of workers adjustments.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Bulldogs, who’re proceeding to seek out their rhythm in assault underneath meantime trainer Mick Potter.
Ex-Panther Matt Burton gave the native crowd a major fright in the second one 1/2 and his aggregate with Josh Addo-Carr wouldn’t have long past ignored by means of Brad Fittler — the person who snubbed Addo-Carr from the NSW Origin staff.
The Bulldogs had extra ownership within the first 1/2 and finished at 90 consistent with cent however nonetheless discovered themselves 3 tries at the back of at the scoreboard.
“Apart from our overplaying, I’m quite happy with our attack but we’re just giving the other team too many opportunities,” Potter stated post-match.
“We have to build our resilience in our ‘D’ early on. Right at the moment, it’s not acceptable and we need to start better.”
Falls confirmed off a radar-like kicking sport and along the criminally underrated O’Sullivan, booted the Panthers into the sector place they had to open up a at hand first-half buffer.
Dylan Edwards and James Fisher-Harris saved the captaincy heat for Yeo and Cleary and predictably, the pair had been a few of the toughest running off and on the ball.
The famous person energy can have been diminished however there was once no scarcity of magical moments. May scored probably the most acrobatic tries of his profession thus far and drew degree with Ryan Papenhuyzen on the best of the try-scoring leaderboard.
“I was happy with the week and happy with the game,” Panthers trainer Ivan Cleary stated post-match.
“The start of the second half, we probably couldn’t build pressure with our last plays, which we’re normally really good at.
“But all in all I was very happy.”
With Jasper Bruce, NCA NewsWire