Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
Match Summary: This week the Bulldogs decided to play in the second half, turning a 12-6 halftime deficit into a 25-12 lead by the end of the second 40 minutes in a soul-searching victory for the club.
With gun forward Sonny Bill Williams ruled out of the clash, the punters must have jumped at the odds Souths were paying and they were looking good for the first 39 minutes.
After an absorbing opening session the first try came after 17 minutes with Ben Rogers putting debutant Ben Lowe into a gap from close range for the first try of the match. From there Souths were right on top with the ensuing restart by the Bulldogs sailing over the dead ball line.
Eddie Paea decided to go himself 12 minutes later and scored a gutsy try from first receiver. Showing a good step, the pint-sized no 7 deputising for the injured Craig Wing, beat heavyweights Jarrad Hickey and Andrew Ryan before getting past fullback Luke Patten and clambering to the line.
Boom hooker Isaac Luke kept a 100% record in the kicking department with the conversion, but it was the last time the Rabbitohs troubled the scorers although a few minutes later John Sutton was narrowly denied as the Bunnies tried to exploit the tactics used by Parramatta last week and started kicking to Matt Utai