Bulldogs trounce depleted Storm
Origin reject Josh Reynolds was a standout this afternoon as the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs trounced the Melbourne Storm 39-0 in front of 16,406 fans.
Reynolds was not the only player who starred for the Bulldogs with fullback Ben Barba and centre Krisnan Inu also playing a hand.
A Reynolds 40/20 in only the tenth minute of the game saw the Bulldogs right on the attack and Inu was instrumental as he created a try for his winger Sam Perrett.
The Bulldogs absolutely dominated the metres battle as the game progressed and it translated into tries to Mitch Brown in the 25th minute and Tim Lafai in the final seconds of the half.
Frustratingly, Trent Hodkinson failed to convert a single try in the first half resulting in a kind scoreline for the Storm at the end of the half.
Sam Perrett claimed his second try early in the second half just as the Storm were looking dangerous. The Bulldogs' winger intercepted a pass on his own 20 metre line, running 80 metres to score. Hodkinson converted from in front.
Tony Williams scored a try only five minutes later in the 53rd minute when he muscled his way under the posts. Hodkinson added the extras again.
Mitch Brown scored his second on the back of the Williams try before Perrett claimed his hat-trick in the 65th minute. Ben Barba then showcased his talent in the 75 minute when he made a 40 metre line break before offloading to Reynolds and backing up to score himself under the posts.
With a few seconds to go and 38-point-lead Hodkinson decided it was as good a time as any to kick a field goal, leaving the final score at 39-0.
Both sides will enjoy a bye next week coming off Wednesday's State of Origin match - the Bulldogs then host Parramatta on Friday week, while the Storm have the fortnight to gear up for a trans-Tasman trip to face the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday 28 July.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 39 Melbourne Storm 0
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Josh Reynolds
2 points - Ben Barba
1 point - Krisnan Inu
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (39)
Tries: Sam Perrett (3), Mitch Brown (2), Timoteo Lafai, Tony Williams, Ben Barba
Field Goals: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (3/8)
MELBOURNE STORM (0)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
1. Ben Barba 2. Mitch Brown 3. Timoteo Lafai 4. Krisnan Inu 5. Sam Perrett 6. Joel Romelo 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Ennis 10. Sam Kasiano 11. Frank Pritchard 12. Tony Williams 13. Greg Eastwood
Interchange: 14. Dene Halatau 15. Josh Jackson 16. James Graham 17. Dale Finucane 20. Tim Browne 21. Martin Taupau
1. Justin O'Neill 2. Sisa Waqa 3. Will Chambers 4. Maurice Blair 5. Mahe Fonua 6. Brett Finch 7. Ben Hampton 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe 10. Bryan Norrie 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Tohu Harris 13. Slade Griffin
Interchange: 14. Jordan McLean 15. Junior Moors 16. Siosaia Vave 17. Mitch Garbutt 18. Junior Sa'u 19. Tim Glasby
Good Afternoon folks and welcome to ANZ stadium where the Canterbury-Bankstowon Bulldogs take on an Origin depleted Melbourne Storm side.
There are a few late changes to the squads for this afternoon. For the home side, Sam Kasiano and Frank Pritchard are all out. Josh Reynolds is back in the side after being dropped from the NSW squad he replaces Romello. James Graham comes off the bench and will start at prop in place of Casiano while Josh Jackson shifts into the back row for Frank Pritchard. Tim Browne and Martin Taupau are added to the bench.
1 min: We are underway at ANZ stadium
3 min: Penalty against the Bulldogs
11 min: Josh Reynolds kicks a 40/20/
TRY! The Bulldogs spread it out wide through Reynolds and Graham who finds Krisnan Inu, Inu offloads to Perrett who scores. Hodkinson fails to convert.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 4-0
TRY! Mitch Brown scores the Bulldogs' second. Hodkinson fails to convert.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8-0
33 min: Storm are getting absolutely hammered in the metres battle here, while the Bulldogs are finishing their sets in opposition territory.
34 min: Hodkinson puts Barba into space 40 out and Barba is brought down only metres out from the Melbourne try line on the fourth tackle.
35 min: Reynolds goes to the air on the last and it goes straight down the throat of Mahe Fonua in his own in goal.
37 min: The Bulldogs are only 35 out on tackle two after a great kick return from Ben Barba and line breaks from Josh Reynolds and Hodkinson.
38 min: Possible try to Tim Lafai.
38 min: No try! Lafai was held up.
38 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Jordan McLean makes an unforced error.
Jordan McLean loses the ball on his own 40, the Bulldogs will get another shot at the tryline.
39 min: Lafai might have a try again!
40 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Timoteo Lafai. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
TRY! Timoteo Lafai is not denied this time. Hodkinson fails to convert again and that will be all the action for the first half.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12-0
41 min: The Bulldogs haves first use of the football in the second half.
43 min: The Storm receive a penalty deep in Bulldogs' territory after Josh Reynolds drags Justin O'Neil by collar ten out from the Bulldogs' line.
45 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Sam Perrett makes an unforced error.
Perrett knocks the ball on a few metres from his line and the Storm will get six again.
46 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Ben Barba makes an unforced error.
Barba knocks on trying to clean the ball up and the Storm will get another six.
48 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Sam Perrett. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
TRY! Sam Perrett intercepts a Ben Hampton cut out pass and races 80 metres to score under the posts. Hodkinson adds the extras.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-0
49 min: The Bulldogs force a line drop out after the Bulldogs run it on the last.
53 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Tony Williams. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
TRY! Tony Williams muscles his way over the tryline after Hodkinson drew in some defenders before unloading to the huge back rower. Hodkinson converts from in front.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24-0
56 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Mitch Brown. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
TRY! Tim Lafai makes a break down the left touch line and offloads to Mitch Brown who goes over in the corner for his second. Hodkinson misses another conversion.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28-0
60 min: The Storm receive a penalty 40 out from the Canterbury line.
62 min: The Bulldogs will start a set on halfway on the back of a penalty.
66 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Sam Perrett. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.
TRY! The Bulldogs spread it out wide and Inu throws a wonderful flick pass to Sam Perrett who scores in the corner. Hodkinson fails to convert.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 32-0
69 min: Ben Barba makes a break down the left touchline but is tackled into touch by Ben Hampton.
70 min: Possible try to the Storm!
72 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Mahe Fonua makes an unforced error.
No try! Fonua loses the ball over the try line.
76 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Ben Barba. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
TRY! Ben Barba scores under the posts after slicing through the Melbourne defence on his own 30. Hodkinson converts the try.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 38-0
79 min: The Bulldogs tackle Sisa Waqa into touch on halfway and the Bulldogs will get another chance to break the Melbourne defence.
Trent Hodkinson decides it is as good a time as any to practice taking a field goal.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 39-0