He’s the trump card who Bulldogs fans hope can lead the revolution next year, but for now, Matt Burton is the ace in the pack who can lead Penrith to grand final glory.
They’ve been struggling for fluency in recent weeks, but the Panthers brushed their injuries aside to remind the rest of the competition that they are still a serious threat after they outclassed the Roosters 20-14 in Brisbane.
You could hear Trent Barrett’s cheers from his hotel room as Burton scored two tries and picked apart the Roosters’ makeshift right edge to keep Penrith in the hunt for the minor premiership.
“I thought our middles were outstanding, and I just played off the back of them,” said Burton, who relished his opportunity in the halves.
He opened the scoring with an 80-metre dash down the sideline that saw him step past James Tedesco like he was trying to keep socially distant.
He added another…