Bulldogs bite in Townsville
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs held on to a 36-26 victory at 1300SMILES Stadium despite the match ending in controversial circumstances with a try awarded to Robert Lui.
The first half score two tries scored apiece with the game locked at 12-all after forty minutes. Bulldogs fullback, Ben Barba built up his confidence as he posted two tries. His first game after 23 minutes as he ran a support line to back up Greg Eastwood.
North Queensland returned serve with two quick tries five minutes later. Brent Tate with the first Cowboys points as he finished off a line break from Glen Hall. The second scored by second-rower, Dallas Johnson who strolled through the Bulldogs defence thanks to a secondary strong run from Glen Hall.
Ben Barba closed the half for the Bulldogs with his second four-pointer of the evening as he made the defenders look like amateur. At the break, the game in a dead lock at 12-all.
The Cowboys looked to be returning to form quickly in the second half as fill in fullback, Clint Greenshields dived on a mistake from Ben Barba in goal to score two minutes into the second forty.
Several penalties throughout the contest saw some inconsistency in the policing of the ruck. However the Cowboys capitalized on this as Robert Lui extended the lead to 8 points with a penalty goal, 20-12, after 50 minutes.
From that point on it was downhill for the Cowboys as the Bulldogs posted four unanswered tries in 20 minutes. Ben Barba was in the action once again, this time to provide a pin-point pass to his winger in Mitch Brown to dive over the chalk.
Tony Williams has been criticised as of late, however, tonight he managed to cross the white-wash and set up Greg Eastwood for his own try. Thanks to the man they call 'T-Rex', the boys from Canterbury blew the score out to 30-20.
Man of the match, Trent Hodkinson put the final nail in the Cowboys coffin with a simple 'show and go' dart from acting half to secure the victory. However, before the celebrations could be started, the Cowboys through Robert Lui posted the final points of the outing.
In a somewhat controversial situation, the video referee failed to rule on a knock on from Aston Sims to award the green lights. Luckily for the Bulldogs, their lead was large enough to secure victory in Townsville, 36-36 in front of 12,775.
North Queensland Cowboys 26 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 36
Venue: Willows Sports Complex
Halftime Score: 12 all
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Trent Hodkinson
2 points - Josh Reynolds
1 point - Robert Lui
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (26)
Tries: Brent Tate, Robert Lui, Dallas Johnson, Clint Greenshields
Conversions: Robert Lui (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Robert Lui (1/1)
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (36)
Tries: Ben Barba (2), Trent Hodkinson, Mitch Brown, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood
Field Goals: Josh Reynolds (0/1)
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (6/6)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Good evening NRL fans and welcome to Willow Sports Complex where the North Queensland Cowboys
take on the Canterbury Bulldogs.
The Cowboys survive the Bulldogs first raid on their line
8 min: 40/20 CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGSJosh Reynolds
kicks a 40/20.
Massive kick from Josh Reynolds
, he earns the Bulldogs a 40/20. Scrum feed for the Dogs 15 metres from the Cowboys line
11 min: Sam Perrett
dived in the corner, but it's denied for a forward pass as the Bulldogs spread it wide to the corner quickly. Scrum feed to the Cowboys on their own 10 metre line
13 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Sam Perrett
makes an unforced error.
Knock on against Perrett who failed to take the catch off the last tackle kick
14 min: UNFORCED ERROR NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS Brent Tate
makes an unforced error.
Cowboys tried to push the pass through Brent Tate
and it's gone a miss. Scrum Bulldogs, 10m off their line
15 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Greg Eastwood
makes an unforced error.Greg Eastwood
hands the ball straight back to the Cowboys as he knocks on from the scrum feed.
Penalty to the Cowboys for the Bulldogs offside, Cowboys take the quick tap 10m ou
Another mistake from the Cowboys sees points go begging. Dallas Johnson
drops it. Scrum feed Bulldogs 10 metres off their own line
Penalty to the Bulldogs sees them march up over halfway, they will look to go back to back
28 min: TRY NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Scored by Brent Tate
. Conversion attempt by Robert Lui
scores under the posts after a strong burst from Glen Hall, Robert Lui
converts from in front
32 min: Clint Greenshields
almost has a collision with his teammate from the kick off luckily doesn't happen and the cowboys make big metres in the set after points
Cowboys luckily retain possession after an offload deep in their own half is almost cleaned up by Sam Perrett
but luckily for the Cowboys he knocks it on
38 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Ben Barba
. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson
gets his second try of the match, with some good speed and a convincing dummy he is able to beat the Cowboys defensive line, Hodkinson has no problems with the conversion
40 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Field goal attempt by Josh Reynolds
takes the shot at one point from a long way out but doesn't have the distance or the length
HALF TIME at 1300 Smiles Stadium and the scores are all locked up at 12-12 with tries to Brent Tate
and Dallas Johnson
for the Cowboys and a double for Ben Barba
for the Bulldogs
Second Half underway, Cowboys have first possession in the second half
PENALTY COWBOYS - Bulldogs ruled to have been to quick leaving the 10m, Cowboys find touch on halfway
Cowboys complete their set after points and Bulldogs having to work it out from their own 10m line
45 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Michael Ennis
makes an unforced error.Michael Ennis
ruled to have knocked on after the ball hit him on the shoulder, tries to argue his case with referee Matt Cecchin
but with no luck
PENALTY BULLDOGS - Cowboys player ruled to be offside after a knock on
48 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Dale Finucane
makes an unforced error.Dale Finucane
drops the ball after a flick on from the Bulldogs
PENALTY COWBOYS - Sam Kasiano
penalised for a shoulder charge, Cowboys to take the penalty shot
57 min: Clint Greenshields
has no luck with the bounce of the ball and as a result the Bulldogs get a repeat set
58 min: Josh Reynolds
held up in goal on tackle 4 after looking almost certain to score
59 min: Robert Lui
puts in a good kick that finds touch 20m out from the Bulldogs line and gives his side a breather
Bulldogs make a mistake and Fai Fai Loa gets the run towards the goal line
Bulldogs get some luck after a Robert Lui
kick rebounds off James Graham
and they come up with possession
65 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Tony Williams
makes an unforced error.Tony Williams
makes an error close to his own goal line
Not good news for Cowboys fans with Michael Morgan
coming off the field and going straight up the tunnel
PENALTY BULLDOGS - Glen Hall penalised for a strip
69 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Frank Pritchard
makes an unforced error.Frank Pritchard
makes an error and relieving the pressure the Bulldogs were trying to put on the Cowboys defence
Perfectly placed kick by Lui causes a few problems for Ben Barba
at the back but a flying Fai Fai Loa gets a hand to it and goes into touch
PENALTY BULLDOGS - Cowboys try the short kick-off but goes out on the full
Not good news for Cowboys fan with Fox Sports reporting that Michael Morgan
has reinjured his shoulder and won't be back tonight
PENALTY BULLDOGS - Cowboys ruled to be not square at marker
PENALTY COWBOYS - Bulldogs penalised for pushing the head into the tackled player
VIDEO REFEREE - Checking a possible Robert Lui
TRY, Checking possible knock on, Referee Matt Cecchin
FULL Time at 1300 Smiles Stadium, the Bulldogs came from behind and had the strength to complete victory 36-26