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The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs have gathered their second victory of the season with an impressive 24-4 victory over a sluggish Wests Tigers outfit. The Bulldogs had an amazing amount of possession in the first half but only went into the break with a 6-0 advantage following a Michael Ennis try late in the half.
Throughout a number of Bulldogs raids the Tigers stayed strong in defence, numbering up every time. The Tigers did look tired at parts but managed well through the gruelling period.
The second half began with Luke Patten swerving his way through the line following a Bryson Goodwin break. Down 12-0, the Tigers finally woke up with some attacking. It all began with a 40/20 from Tigers hooker Robbie Farah.
The Tigers raids kept ending early until a set of quick hands set Lote Tuqiri on his way to the tryline to lower the margin to just eight points.
But the Bulldogs lifted another level afterwards, a Kimmorley kick finding Ennis in space, then Kimmorley grabbing a kick to push the scoreline into a comfortable position for the side.
Wests Tigers 4 were defeated by Canterbury Bulldogs 24
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 6 - Friday April 16, 2010 7:35pm
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Referee: Jared Maxwell and Bernard Sutton
Video Referee: Paul Simpkins
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and Russell Turner
Halftime: Wests Tigers 0 Canterbury Bulldogs 6
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Michael Ennis (2 Tries)
2 Points - Brett Kimmorley (1 Try)
1 Point - Robbie Farah
WESTS TIGERS (4)
Tries: Lote Tuqiri
Conversions: Benji Marshall (0/1)
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS (24)
Tries: Luke Patten, Brett Kimmorley, Michael Ennis (2)
Conversions: Bryson Goodwin (4/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to the Sydney Football Stadium for what should be an interesting match between the Tigers and Bulldogs. The Tigers go into the match as heavy favourites following a great start to the season.
TOYOTA CUP: The Bulldogs remain without a victory so far in the National Youth Competition, falling 36-16 to the Tigers tonight, who picked up their fourth win in the process.
WESTS TIGERS 36 (Jake Mullaney 3, Faleula Finau 2, Neil Begovich, Bodie Clarke, Sama Sauvao tries, Jake Mullaney 2/8 goals)
CANTERBURY BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS 16 (Lazarus Mulu, Nehe Millner-Skudder, Sam Kasiano tries, Aidan Sezer 2/3 goals)
4 min: Idris with a nice starting run.
7 min: Nice break by Ryan. The Bulldogs looking the better of the sides early on.
8 min: Kimmorley creating a chance, Ayshford doing well to stop it.
11 min: All of the play is being held near the Tigers line at the moment.
18 min: Tigers defence still going very well to keep the Dogs out.
22 min: Ryan with a spill and the Tigers have a bit of a chance coming up.
23 min: A grubber went to Benji, but desperate Turner defence holds them. Tigers make an error to put the scoreline safe at nil-all.
26 min: Tigers with a spill near the Dogs line.
29 min: VIDEO REFEREE - Possible Bulldogs Try
29 min: NO TRY - Josh Morris doing well, but over the sideline first.
31 min: Bulldogs with another set of six near the line, now a penalty. Going for the tap...
32 min: Four defenders take Morris out of play. Still scoreless!
33 min: Tuqiri concedes a penalty. Will Canterbury score?
34 min: VIDEO REFEREE - Possible Bulldogs Try
35 min: TRY
A kick finds Idris, who sends it back to Ennis for the first try of the game.
Canterbury Bulldogs 6-0
40 min: That'll be the break, the Bulldogs dominating possession but only lead 6-0 at the break.
40 min: HALFTIME - Tigers 0, Bulldogs 6 - The Tigers can complain about some refereeing decisions, but the game could go anywhere.
45 min: Not much has changed in the first few minutes...
47 min: VIDEO REFEREE - Possible Bulldogs Try
47 min: TRY
It's successful! Patten weaves his way past the defenders to score the Dogs second.
Canterbury Bulldogs 12-0
50 min: Tigers starting to look tired.
54 min: A nice touch from Farah with a 40/20, they couldn't capatalise though.
60 min: TRY
Tuqiri finds space and he's off! Tigers finally on the board.
Canterbury Bulldogs 12-4
64 min: Tigers starting to gain plenty of momentum.
74 min: TRY
A kick into space (in the in-goal) finds Ennis for his second. The Bulldogs should go on to win this.
Canterbury Bulldogs 18-4
77 min: TRY
Nothing but Bulldogs chants can be heard as the Bulldogs go even further ahead, Kimmorley scoring a well deserved try.
Canterbury Bulldogs 24-4
80 min: Well, the tippers continue to struggle I'd imagine. The Bulldogs walking away easy winners.