Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have marched towards the NRL top 4 with a 39-20 victory at WIN Jubilee Oval in front of 12,846 fans.
The Bulldogs charged through the Dragons pack as their forwards rolled up field to help secure the win.
The Bulldogs fired early as they scored two tries in 13 minutes to give them an 8-0 lead. The conversions the difference as the wind strong wreaked havoc. Trent Hodkinson created the first blue and white points with a solo effort to score from his own grubber kick.
Josh Jackson repaid his coach for his starting role with a his own try just minutes later. He jumped through a gap in the Dragons line off a pass from Josh Reynolds to post the points.
Another Josh, this time Josh Dugan single handedly mounted the Dragons fight back as he claimed a double heading into half time.
The first try came 13 minutes before the break as Dugan danced, and darted between the tired Bulldogs forwards to slide in off a pass from Nathan Fien. Dugan breaking the point-scoring drought at Kogarah, posting points for the first time in 205 minutes of football.
A piece of magic from the Dragons number 1 heading into half time saw his second try posted as he created a brilliant try from nothing as he kicked ahead for himself to slip through untouched. After 40 minutes, the Dragons ahead 10-8.
The Dragons started the second half just as they finished the first with Jason Nightingale crossing in the corner thanks to a quick, but juggled pass from Nathan Green. Dragons extended their lead to 14-8.
Tony Williams returned serve with his own try for the Bulldogs as he powered up and charged through the Dragons defence. After a review from the man upstairs, the try awarded to give the close the gap to 20-14.