Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 07:30pm
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Melbourne Storm
nib Stadium
Half time Score: 12
Crowd: 12014
Half time Score: 10

Match Review

The Canterbury Bulldogs have had a very successful roadtrip to Perth, coming away with a 46-12 thrashing over the Melbourne Storm in front of just over 12,000 people at NIB Stadium.

The day didn't start too well for the Melbourne Storm with their captain Cameron Smith being ruled out after injuring his back during the warm up. Despite the injury, the match started off really well for the Storm with early tries coming their way through Billy Slater and Will Chambers to let the Storm open a 10-0 lead.

The opening quarter of the match was a far cry from the rest of the match with the Storm having total dominance of the match. It wasn't until the Bulldogs were able to get a string of consistent penalties that they began to apply some attacking pressure and it took some good skill from Trent Hodkinson to score the Bulldogs first of the night.

That try signalled the start of a fightback for the Dogs and after some poor play deep in their own half, Josh Morris took advantage of the pressure and scored to level the match & after Hodkinson's conversion the Dogs had the lead.

So despite leading 12-10 at the break, it took Melbourne just three minutes to level it up after Tohu Harris converted a penalty.

From that point on it was all the Bulldogs and tries were coming at regular intervals through David Klemmer and Josh Jackson.

Just shy of the hour mark, Josh Jackson thought he had his second try of the match but the Video Referees after a lot of replays denied the try going with a No Try onfield decision from referee Ashley Klein. Despite that decision the Dogs still came away with possession and it was the next set when James Graham scored for the Dogs to open it out to an 18 point lead.

That wasn't the end of the match for the Bulldogs with some magic touches from Josh Reynolds setting up tries for Tim Lafai & Chase Stanley to score and extend the margin for the Bulldogs.

Next weekend both sides have tough clashes with, the Bulldogs taking on the defending premiers the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium meanwhile the Melbourne Storm are back at the graveyard AAMI Park to take on the Gold Coast Titans next Sunday afternoon.

Players of the Match

3. Josh Jackson

2. Josh Reynolds

1. Timoteo Lafai

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