Canterbury Bulldogs have held on to beat the Newcastle Knights in front of 15,286 patrons at ANZ Stadium with both sets of halves dominating the proceedings.
The win was very scrappy for the Bulldogs but they were able to come up with the points and win their fifth successive match after a slow start to the season.
Both sides had their opportunities throughout the match but it was a try to prop forward Aidan Tolman in the 68th minute that put the Bulldogs in front.
A good kick from halfback Trent Hodkinson saw flying Bulldogs winger Corey Thompson bat the ball back down for Tolman who batted the ball up before grounding it just left of the posts.
Hodkinson made no mistake with the conversion as his side led by four points with ten minutes remaining.
The game was turned on its head in the when Bulldogs five eighth Josh Reynolds went for a 40/20 deep inside his own half.
He was unable to find touch according to the officials with Knights winger James McManus batting the ball back in but from there the Bulldogs were not going to be easy to stop.
The Knights were first to score in the second with some brilliant passing and offloads saw Robbie Rochow go straight through the Bulldogs defence to slam the ball down left of the posts.
Jarrod Mullen made no mistake with his conversion to take his side to a 12-10 lead in the 47th minute of play.
In the lead up to halftime the Bulldogs were able to bust through the Knights defence with big Tony Williams running right past Jarrod Mullen before he drew and passed to try scorer Sam Kasiano.
Hodkinson made the conversion and the Bulldogs led 10-4.
On a quick set of six, the Knights had the bulldogs on the ropes when Mullen gave a quality pass to Robbie Rochow who offloaded between two defenders to Adam Cutherbertson who drew and passed the ball outwide.
James McManus was able to touch the ball down after some brute strength with the Knights locking the game up at 4-all in the 22nd minute.
Earlier Mitch Brown finished off a passing move which saw the Knights line stretched to score the first try of the match for the Bulldogs.
Both sides will now enjoy a weekend off with the representative round being played next week.