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In front of a 50,000 strong crowd at Suncorp Stadium, the Bulldogs have put on one of the performances of the year the defeat the Brisbane Broncos by 44 to 18.
Both sides started the match at a furious pace, exciting the Queensland crowd as the Bulldogs put on an incredible defensive display and holding out the Broncos backline in the early stages of the match.
The Bulldogs looked dangerous in attack making plenty of metres through dummy half runs whereas the Broncos were almost predictable at times in attack.
At half time, it was 12-all.
The second half went the way of the Bulldogs team who reigned supreme across the park, scoring seven second half tries while containing a despondent Broncos who fought hard for their 18 points.
The Bulldogs go back to the top of the ladder and continue their ten match winning streak.
Suncorp Stadium, Crowd: 49,571 Referee: Tim Mander
BRONCOS 18 Tries: Parker, Kelly, Hunt Goals: Lockyer 3/3 defeated by BULLDOGS 46 Tries: Patten 2, Utai 2, Tonga 2, Sherwin, Asotasi Goals: El Masri 7/9
By the clock: The sell out sign is hanging outside of Suncorp Stadium's gates in one of the most anticipated matches of the year. Sunny overhead conditions greet both teams out on to the field.
0 min: Broncos kick off
4 min: News ? The game has started at a furious pace. The Broncos currently have the upper hand putting plenty of pressure on the Dogs defenders.
12 min: Try ? Sherwin (Bulldogs). The Bulldogs withstand an early Broncos attacking assault, having survived they charge down the other end. Brent Sherwin puts a chip kick in, it hits the pad of the goal post and he regathers it to score. Hazem El Masri's conversion attempt is successful. 6-0 Bulldogs
15 min: News ? The Bulldogs are making plenty of breaks through the middle of the Broncos rucks. The Broncos so far have been guilty of making to many errors and need to settle down some what.
20 min: News ? Shane Webcke is off the field with a calf injury, it looks unlikely that he?ll return.
24 min: Try ? Parker (Broncos). The Broncos spread it wide and cause the over lap with Corey Parker scoring the try. Darren Lockyer?s conversion attempt is successful. 6-6
29 min: News - Matt Utai knocks the ball on from the restart kick.
33 min: Try ? Kelly (Broncos). Karmichael Hunt attracts Ben Harris and offloads to Stuart Kelly?s wing to score in the corner. Lockyer?s conversion attempt is successful. 12-10 Broncos
35 min: Goal ? El Masri (Bulldogs). 20 metres out right in front. 12-12
39 min: News - A Brent Sherwin field goal attempt goes well wide.
Half Time An exciting first forty minutes comes to an end in front of a huge crowd. The Bulldogs can feel hard done by after Luke Patten was sin binned in what looked like a harsh by referee Tim Mander. The Broncos have had their chances but have failed to capitalise on several scoring chances the Bulldogs however have looked dangerous with the ball in hand making plenty of metres running it out of dummy half. Possession: Broncos 50% - Bulldogs 50% Completions: Broncos 62% - Bulldogs 65% Score: 12 all
40 min: Bulldogs kick off
45 min: Try ? Asotasi (Bulldogs). Roy Asotasi runs through a gap, he bumps off several Broncos defenders before placing the ball. El Masri?s conversion attempt is successful. 18-12 Bulldogs
47 min: Try ? Patten (Bulldogs). Luke Patten gets the ball out of dummy half and fools the Broncos defenders with a dummy before scoring under the posts. El Masri?s conversion attempt is successful. 24-12 Bulldogs
50 min: News ? The Broncos move the ball through the backs on the last tackle, Stuart Kelly looks almost certain to score before Luke Patten tackled just in front of the line.
56 min: Try ? Patten (Bulldogs). A superb inside ball thrown by Brent Sherwin hits Luke Patten at pace to set him up for a clear run to the try line. El Masri?s conversion attempt is successful. 30-12 Bulldogs
57 min: News - Brent Sherwin 40 metres out goes for another drop goal attempt but it goes wide.
60 min: News ? The Bulldogs are outplaying the Broncos all over the field. The Broncos execution are letting them down at times but are still playing with plenty of enthusiasm.
61 min: Try ? Hunt (Broncos). Excellent work by Karmichael Hunt, he receives an offload to score out wide after starting the play. Lockyer converts. 30-18 Bulldogs
62 min: News ? The Broncos butcher a try after Carlaw was forced over the sideline, Brisbane had a clear overlap to the right.
65 min: News - The Broncos have lifted up a notch and are threatening the line whenever they spread the ball.
71 min: Try ? Utai (Bulldogs). Excellent catching and passing by the Bulldogs sets up Matt Utai for a clear run to the try line. El Masri?s conversion attempt is successful. 36-18 Bulldogs
73 min: Darren Lockyer comes off the field with a rib injury.
Full Time The Bulldogs stormed home in a super second half display. They completely outplayed Brisbane in front of 50,000 crowd to climb back to the top of the ladder. Completions: Broncos 67% - Bulldogs 75% Possession: Broncos 49% - Bulldogs 51% Score: 46-18 Bulldogs ----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - B Sherwin (Bulldogs) 2 - S Price (Bulldogs) 1 - B Anasta (Bulldogs) -----------------------------------------