The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have made NRL history at ANZ Stadium as they become the team to claim three successive victories by just a single point. They knocked off the South Sydney Rabbitohs, 15-14 as a Trent Hodkinson field goal in the final minutes secured the win in front of 43,255 in Sydney Olympic Park.
The Bulldogs looked to strike first points however the video referee overturned a try to Corey Thompson as an old fashion shepherd was caught as Josh Morris gained an advantage by running behind Greg Eastwood.
A scrappy first half saw the Rabbitohs struggle as their bench was left empty after 40 minutes as Kyle Turner (concussion), Api Koroisau (shoulder), Joe Picker and Dave Tyrrell were assisted off due to heavy contact.
The first points of the first half came through a penalty goal as Adam Reynolds placed the kick between the posts. South Sydney, 2-0 after 30 minutes.
The lifting and dangerous tackle has been the focus of the NRL community and rule makers since the Alex McKinnon incident back in Round 2. The test of the new approach to the lifting tackle will be put to the test at the Match Review Committee as Dale Finucane was placed on report for a lifting tackle on Ben Lowe (Rabbitohs).
The Rabbitohs took an 8-0 lead into the sheds after a poor 40 minutes.
The second half saw an improved performance from both sides and the Bulldogs struck up first points in the second forty. Mitch Brown claimed his first try of the 2014 season as Sam Perrett provided a pin-point pass. The Bulldogs made it a 2 point game, Souths leaders 8-6.
The Rabbitohs through John Sutton extended their lead back to 8 points as Sutton charged through the Bulldogs goal line defence. South Sydney jumped back to 14-6 with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Corey Thompson was rewarded for his efforts in the blue and white outfit as dived over in the corner as the video referee cleared the lead up play of an obstruction. 10 minutes remained in Sydney Olympic Park, 2 points the difference again, Rabbitohs 14-12.
He is being touted as "El Hodkinson" as Trent Hodkinson's boot ended the difference with a penalty goal in the 72nd minute locking the game at 14-all.
Hodkinson's boot captured the lead for the Bulldogs, 15-14, as he snapped a field goal in the final two minutes.
The Rabbitohs unable to strike back despite several attempt at field goal, including a 52 metre attempt from Adam Reynolds.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 15
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Halftime Score: South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Timoteo Lafai
2 points - Josh Jackson
1 point - James Graham
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
LATE MAIL: Rabbitohs - They are unchanged and will take the field 1-17
LATE MAIL: Bulldogs - Sam Kasiano comes onto the bench in place of Pat O'Hanlon
FULL TIME in the Under 20s, Holden Cup, the South Sydney Rabbitohs have fought back to knock off the Bulldogs 34-26. They trailed 20-16 at half time.
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's Good Friday coverage as we kick off at ANZ Stadium as the South Sydney Rabbitohs host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. This is one of three fixtures to kick off Round 7 action on Good Friday, this match set to get underway at 4pm.
2: Kirisome Auva'a charged into the Bulldogs defensive line on the last tackle, didn't realise the tackle count and wrapped up on Bulldogs 10 metre line
5: Penalty to the Rabbitohs as they were caught inside the 10 metres as Greg Eastwood took the ball forward. The Bulldogs kick ahead and attack inside the Rabbitohs half.
6: John Sutton takes a ball easily as the Bulldogs attackers on the last tackle jump and knock the ball down. Souths with possession deep in their own half
11: Time off here as Corey Thompson has been smashed into the turf by Byrson Goodwin wrestled him over
12: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Timoteo Lafai makes an unforced error.
Tim Lafai with an easy pass out of acting half as dropped it cold. Souths get a scrum feed 10 metres out from the Bulldogs try line.
13: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Bryson Goodwin makes an unforced error.
Bryson Goodwin unable to take the floating pass from Greg Inglis and it's dropped. A try goes begging as the Rabbitohs tried to build pressure on the Bulldogs try line.
17: Kirisome Auva'a was caught again with the ball as the Rabbitohs ran a play on the last tackle started by Greg Inglis and John Sutton. However, nothing comes of it as the Bulldogs have possession through a change over own their own 20 metre line.
18: Penalty to the Bulldogs as the Rabbitohs failed to clear the ruck. Trent Hodkinson finds the sideline as the Bulldogs attack 25 metres out from the Rabbitohs try line.
24: Josh Reynolds ran the play on the last tackle and he was unable to take a kick away on the last tackle. Souths with possession deep in their own half
24: Penalty awarded to the Rabbitohs for a slow release in the ruck, Reynolds kicks for the sideline and the Rabbitohs attack 30 metres out from the Bulldogs goal line.
25: Souths Sydney lost in attack on the last tackle on the goal line, Reynolds stabbed a kick through the line and nothing game of it.
27: Penalty to the Bulldogs as Sam Kasiano drew a penalty as the Rabbitohs stripped the ball out. Bulldogs attack 10 metres over the half way line.
28: Penalty to the Rabbitohs as Joe Picker charged into the offsider markers. South Sydney attack from a touch finder, 20 metres out from the Bulldogs try line.
29: Aiden Tolman crowds the ruck and the Rabbitohs will finally post first points through a penalty goal
30: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Penalty goal attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Adam Reynolds posts first points for the Rabbitohs as he nails a penalty goal from right in front of the posts
31: Joe Picker has been taken off the field by the trainers. Dale Finucane has been penalised for a shoulder charge on him before coming in over the top an crushing his neck in a tackle. Souths up to half way, but they are low on numbers with just Luke Burgess left on the interchange bench
32: Penalty for the Bulldogs, obstruction called as the Rabbitohs ran across the park.
35: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Sam Burgess. Kick to come.
Sam Burgess has charged into Bulldogs pack and adds the first try to the board as he ran over the top of Trent Hodkinson and Sam Perrett.
40: HALF TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Rabbitohs lead the Bulldogs 8-0. However, the Rabbitohs will struggle in the second half with no players left on their bench. Kyle Turner has been ruled out for the match due to concussion.
40: Second half is UNDERWAY at ANZ Stadium as the Bulldogs kick off to get the second forty going.
43: End to end, settling football to start the second half. No errors after 3 minutes
43: Penalty to the Bulldogs for a strip in the ruck. Trent Hodkinson finds the sideline and the Bulldogs attack 35 metres out from the Rabbitohs try line.
45: Well, James Graham fumbled an offload in a tackle and looked to have knocked on however the loose ball dived on in goal and it's a line drop out for the Rabbitohs. Repeat set for the Bulldogs here
46: John Sutton took an intercept ball as the Bulldogs offloaded across from Josh Jackson. Sutton looked to bolt away but offloaded back to Bryson Goodwin who was forced over the sideline by Thompson and company. Bulldogs attack 35 metres with a scrum feed.
47: Tim Browne has charged 10 metres over the goal line, a great run to the line but held up over the try line. Back to the 10 metre line for the 4th tackle.
48: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Timoteo Lafai makes an unforced error.
Tim Lafai unable to handle a short pass on the blind side as the Bulldogs spread to the right. John Sutton dives on the loose ball and the Rabbitohs have possession deep in their own half
49: Kick downfield from the Rabbitohs finds the sideline and the Bulldogs have a scrum feed 10 metres short of their own goal line.
52: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Mitch Brown. Kick to come.
Mitch Brown dives over in the western corner as the Bulldogs spread across the left side of the field. Tim Lafai put the Bulldogs on the front foot as he charged on the previous tackle. Sam Perrett threw the final pass, brilliant play from the Bulldogs
53: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Trent Hodkinson from the sideline on the western side, nails the goal to make it a 2 point game.
54: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Sam Perrett makes an unforced error.
Sam Perrett has fumbled the kick off as it went straight through the hands. Horrible take as the Bulldogs looked to build off their try. Line drop out for the Rabbitohs.
56: Massive line drop out from the Bulldogs, it went 60 metres on the fly and then rolled down to the 20 metre line. The Rabbitohs trapped in their own half as Hodkinson's kick has the Rabbitohs on the back foot.
61: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Sam Perrett makes an unforced error.
Sam Perrett is having a shocker with his handling today as he drops a pass after Tim Lafai bolted down the sideline. Souths with a scrum feed deep in their own half
64: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by John Sutton. Kick to come.
John Sutton has powered over the Bulldogs defence as he played quickly out of acting half. Brilliant run from the 5/8th as Josh Reynolds failed to cover up the play
66: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Jason Clark makes an unforced error.
Jason Clark is ruled to have knocked on in the tackle of David Klemmer. Scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres out from the Rabbitohs try line.
68: VIDEO REFEREE for the Bulldogs, we have a TRY for Corey Thompson. Looking at obstruction here
68: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Corey Thompson. Kick to come.
Corey Thompson has been awarded his try this time as obstruction was cleared as John Sutton committed to the tackle as the Bulldogs spread to the open side. Brilliant run from Tim Lafai in the lead up to link with Thompson to charge over in the corner.
69: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Trent Hodkinson from the eastern sideline nails the conversion with a beautiful strike. No mistake as the game is just 2 points the difference.
70: Penalty to the Bulldogs as Kirisome Auva'a was offside from a kick. Bulldogs will attempt the penalty goal from deep in the eastern corner.
72: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Penalty goal attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Trent Hodkinson locks the game up with a brilliant strike of the penalty goal, he can do no wrong with his kicking.
73: The kick from John Sutton had too much on it as he attempted a 40/20, just didn't get the bounce and it's a 20 metre tap for the Bulldogs
75: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Field goal attempt by Josh Reynolds unsuccessful.
Josh Reynolds on the last tackle with a bit of time on his hands, just pushed it to the right of the posts. Souths with possession through a 20 metre tap
76: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Field goal attempt by Adam Reynolds unsuccessful.
Adam Reynolds took a shot at the one-pointer but charged down by James Graham. ZERO TACKLE for the Rabbitohs 20 metres out from the Bulldogs try line.
77: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Field goal attempt by Nathan Merritt unsuccessful.
Nathan Merritt from out wide on the eastern side took a shot at the one-pointer but it's wide. Taken in goal on the full, 20 metre tap for the Bulldogs
78: SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Field goal attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Trent Hodkinson lines up the field goal and it's straight between the posts. Bulldogs take a 1 point lead into the final two minutes.
78: Trent Hodkinson puts up a bomb on the last tackle, Merritt takes it and he wrapped up 5 metres out from his own try line
79: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Field goal attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
Adam Reynolds with a 52 metre attempt at field goal just sees the ball fall short of the uprights.
80: FULL TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Bulldogs become the first time in history to post three successive wins by just 1 point. They have downed the Rabbitohs 15-14 thanks to a Trent Hodkinson field goal.