Canterbury have made it back to back wins with a comprehensive 40 points to 4 victory over a lowly Wests side in front of 23,453 fans at Stadium Australia tonight.
After a rough opening six weeks to 2013, Canterbury have turned it around with interest. They looked much like the side that made the grand final last year with second phase play and offloads.
Fitting that it was the much maligned Tony Williams who opened the scoring, steaming onto a Josh Reynolds pass going through a clearly still injured Marshall.
Tigers had a few opportunities to get the game level but were flat in attack on each chance allowing Canterbury to repel them each time.
That prompted the floodgates to open as Michael Ennis got a rare four pointer picking up the scraps from a Tedesco error. It signified the whole night, Bulldogs were first to everything.
Barba gave us a glimpse of 2012 once again as he instigated a move that brought the 23,453 fans to their feet. Sam Perrett finishing off the move from a Lafai pass to stretch it to 18-0.
Lafai went from provider to recipient for the fourth try when Reynolds went for the second man play allowing Lafai room to jink his way over for a 22-0 lead going into the break.
The one way traffic continued early in the second half after some sustained pressure on the Tigers line. Josh Reynolds using some dancing with the stars inspired moves to get over the line.
Sam Perrett added a second from another second man play laid on a plate for him by Tim Lafai again. The Bulldogs had found some form and Wests were the unfortunate recipient.
Tigers clawed one back when Robbie Farah found some space right near dummy-half going right through and sending James Tedesco in for a consolation try.
Canterbury finished the romp with a burrowing try to Mitch Brown and a sideline conversion from Trent Hodkinson who has been a goalkicking revelation the last two weeks. He made it 40 points to 4 and a good night for the home side commemorating the 1988 grand final.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 40 Wests Tigers 4
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Josh Reynolds
2 points - Timoteo Lafai
1 point - James Graham
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (40)
Tries: Tony Williams, Michael Ennis, Sam Perrett (2), Timoteo Lafai, Josh Reynolds, Mitch Brown
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (6/7)
WESTS TIGERS (4)
Tries: James Tedesco
Conversions: Curtis Sironen (0/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Dene Halatau 15. Josh Jackson 16. James Graham 17. Dale Finucane 20. Tim Browne
Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. Marika Koroibete 3. Joel Reddy 4. Bodene Thompson 5. Matt Utai 6. Curtis Sironen 7. Jacob Miller 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah 10. Jack Buchanan 11. Liam Fulton 12. Adam Blair 13. Sean Spence
Interchange: 14. Ben Murdoch-Masila 15. Eddy Pettyborne 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Tim Simona 18. Ava Seumanufagai
CBY: Sam Kasiano is back for Canterbury! He will start tonight with Martin Taupau the man to be replaced.
WST: In more big news; Benji Marshall is fit and will play. Hard luck for young half Jacob Miller who is the man to take the fall for Benji to come in.
Scored by Tony Williams. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
That is where you want Williams running onto the ball. A nice short pass from Reynolds found Tony one on one with Marshall and he was never stopping him. Hodkinson continues his perfect start to his goal-kicking career in the NRL.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6-0
Scored by Michael Ennis. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Michael Ennis has a rare four-pointer. Matt Utai fumbles the last tackle kick and Ennis is there to swoop on the ball. Hodkinson with the easy kick, converts.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12-0
Here is the Bulldogs of 2012 making an appearance in 2013! Barba found some space and is taken by his ankles. Last and Reynolds takes it down the short side and quick hands found Perrett who strides in. Hodkinson takes this one from the sideline makes no mistake.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-0
Scored by Timoteo Lafai. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
Vintage Canterbury there. Reynolds using Graham as a decoy goes around him and finds Lafai who earns his way to the try line and the fourth Bulldogs try. Hodkinson, jeez they aren't giving him easy kicks but he has slotted them all thus far. I jinxed him as he misses his first NRL conversion.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22-0
Scored by Josh Reynolds. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Josh Reynolds shows he is more suited to Dancing with the Stars with the moves he just put on. The important part is the four-pointer. Hodkinson puts this one over.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28-0
Scored by Sam Perrett. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Perrett has his second. It came from the massive defense on Reddy. They went wide down the right which has profited all night with Perrett going in off a nice pass from Lafai, who has looked quite good tonight. Trent Hodkinson converts it again.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 34-0
Scored by James Tedesco. Conversion attempt by Curtis Sironen unsuccessful.
Tigers have some points! Robbie Farah slices through a massive gap and sends Tedesco in for a four pointer. Curtis Sironen taking kicking duties, misses.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 34-4
Scored by Mitch Brown. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Bulldogs have another after consulting with the video referee. Brown ducks under the Tigers fullback and gets in for the score. Hodkinson adds another to his tally.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 40-4