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News Question mark over Tevita Pangai Junior after star is benched for long periods during Bulldogs' 16-6 loss to Knights

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Mystery hangs around big name Bulldog Tevita Pangai Junior after he spent long spells on the bench during Canterbury's 16-6 loss to Newcastle in the opening match of Magic Round.

Pangai was a notable omission for most of the second half, and had only just come back onto the field in the closing stages of the match when his effort was questioned as Knights halfback Adam Clune strolled in for an easy try.

After receiving the ball on the right edge it looked like Clune was running into a dead end, but he changed direction and targeted a sluggish Pangai, who was unable to get across to close a hole in the defensive line.
Fox League commentator Corey Parker slammed Pangai's positioning, saying he had "missed his assignment".

Earlier in the second half, as Pangai cooled his heels on the sideline, Fox League reporter Jake Duke inquired as to why the star prop had not been reinjected into the action.

"I asked the question about Tevita Pangai Junior, they tell me there is nothing wrong with him - no injury, no illness - so he's just not out there for a tactical reason," he said.

The confusion surrounding Pangai only escalated as scoring became more urgent for the Bulldogs.


"Well Pangai Junior is still sitting on the bench. With 13 minutes remaining you need your big stars in," Parker said.

By that point the Knights should have already wrapped up victory, having bombed several golden chances to add to their lead.

Coming off seven straight losses, Newcastle struck early in the first half off the back of a Kalyn Ponga penalty goal from right in front of the sticks.

The penalty goal was a gift after Paul Vaughan got a bit overzealous in his tackle of Leo Thompson, lifting the prop and dumping him.

While that incident didn't result in an injury, hearts were momentarily in mouths later in the match when Corey Waddell was helped off the ground after being knocked out in a nasty clash.
 

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To me we'd be better off stripping 10kg off him and turning him into a proper middle forward who can play longer minutes instead of this hybrid type role he's playing now.
 

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To quote Kurt Russell from Tango & Cash “this whole thing FUCKING SUCKS”
 

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I am worried this guy may have some mental issues going on like bipolar.
 

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coach...

TPJ barely played and was gassed basically from the starting whistle. I don't think we can play him on an edge, middle only from now on.
 

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He’s unfit, the entire team appears unfit, and what’s ridiculous is TB allows TPJ to take 3x breathers suffocating our bench rotation and adds a half to the bench. If your forwards can’t turn over minutes, wouldn’t you stack the bench with forwards?
 

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He’s unfit, the entire team appears unfit, and what’s ridiculous is TB allows TPJ to take 3x breathers suffocating our bench rotation and adds a half to the bench. If your forwards can’t turn over minutes, wouldn’t you stack the bench with forwards?
And the half hardly plays any minutes each week. A wasted bench spot. Surely this dud gets the axe this week & he can take the big useless fat **** Ferris with him.
 

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I thought you get fitter each game? He’s played 9 straight and is gassed after 20 min
Something is not right, we’re gassed in every game, yet a team like Sharks go round competing with 11 men.

To me it’s TBaz being too chummy with his team and rewarding mediocrity - he needed to assert himself on the team and set high expectations, but all he does is mentally allow the team to accept what they are doing is “enough”..you can’t go into a presser saying “they’re trying” after each loss… that’s an under 7s speech. These guys are grown men & well paid professionals athletes - they should have been torn a new one.

Bellamy looks like he’s having a heart seizure when he’s addressing his team and it’s probably for one small thing that wasn’t perfect.
 

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Mystery hangs around big name Bulldog Tevita Pangai Junior after he spent long spells on the bench during Canterbury's 16-6 loss to Newcastle in the opening match of Magic Round.

Pangai was a notable omission for most of the second half, and had only just come back onto the field in the closing stages of the match when his effort was questioned as Knights halfback Adam Clune strolled in for an easy try.

After receiving the ball on the right edge it looked like Clune was running into a dead end, but he changed direction and targeted a sluggish Pangai, who was unable to get across to close a hole in the defensive line.
Fox League commentator Corey Parker slammed Pangai's positioning, saying he had "missed his assignment".

Earlier in the second half, as Pangai cooled his heels on the sideline, Fox League reporter Jake Duke inquired as to why the star prop had not been reinjected into the action.

"I asked the question about Tevita Pangai Junior, they tell me there is nothing wrong with him - no injury, no illness - so he's just not out there for a tactical reason," he said.

The confusion surrounding Pangai only escalated as scoring became more urgent for the Bulldogs.


"Well Pangai Junior is still sitting on the bench. With 13 minutes remaining you need your big stars in," Parker said.

By that point the Knights should have already wrapped up victory, having bombed several golden chances to add to their lead.

Coming off seven straight losses, Newcastle struck early in the first half off the back of a Kalyn Ponga penalty goal from right in front of the sticks.

The penalty goal was a gift after Paul Vaughan got a bit overzealous in his tackle of Leo Thompson, lifting the prop and dumping him.

While that incident didn't result in an injury, hearts were momentarily in mouths later in the match when Corey Waddell was helped off the ground after being knocked out in a nasty clash.
Barrett did say he took him off because he was gassed.
 

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TPJ is yet another that needs a coach to guide him… the guy is destructive, to be taken off two or three times yesterday, yes he looked a uninterested, but that’s on T Ballz!

Why didn’t T Ballz take Dufty the hack off?
He was just as bad as TPJ yesterday
 
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