Panther’s priceless reaction to NRL boss’ bizarre claim

Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards has given a hilarious reaction after he received a personal shout out from NRL CEO Andrew Abdo.

The Panthers sealed the minor premiership in a brilliant 44-12 trouncing of the Cowboys to both end North Queensland’s season and retain the JJ Giltinan Shield.

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On hand to present the Panthers the trophy in-front of a still packed BlueBet Stadium, Abdo took to the stage to celebrate the club’s achievements.

After his initial comments, Abdo turned to the playing group, stating the side has had 54 per cent of possession this season — three per cent more than any other side.

Also had 83 per cent completions (two per cent higher than any other club), scored the most points in the competition and run 45,000m with ball in hand (10 per cent higher than any other club).

But then Abdo singled out Edwards for special praise.

“It’s very difficult to single out any individual in such a phenomenal team effort, but I would like to acknowledge how unified this team is,” he said.

“Dylan Edwards at fullback has made 193 assists. That’s phenomenal.”

Edwards gave one of the great reactions to the shout out.

Dylan Edwards was flabbergasted. Photo: Fox SportsSource: FOX SPORTS
Perfect reaction from Edwards. Photo: Fox SportsSource: FOX SPORTS

Social media was equally perplexed about what Abdo meant by “193 assists”.

According to the NRL’s own stats, Edwards has had 23 appearances, 11 tries and two conversions.

He’s had five try assists and 12 line break assists — a little bit short of the 193.

He’s made 11 line breaks himself, 134 tackle breaks, and averages 208m per game — having run an NRL-high 4740m, 658m more than the second placed Addin Fonua-Blake.

While he’s certainly had another outstanding season, it’s hard to know what the NRL CEO was talking about.

The Panthers have won the minor premiership again. Photo: Fox SportsSource: FOX SPORTS

Post-match, coach Ivan Cleary was certainly pleased by the result.

“Really pleasing, a great night for the club,” he said.

“The boys prepared really well this week and played well.

“It’s four years in a row we’re first or equal first at the end of the year. Consistency is such a big part of being successful. I think we’ve shown that for a long period of time so I’m really proud of that.”

The result means the Panthers will host the New Zealand Warriors in the first week of the finals, as well as ensuring the top 8 is booked in with a day to play.

While there will be no changes to the teams in the top eight, it will be impacted by the final game of the season with the Canberra Raiders and Cronulla Sharks playing off for a home final.

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