The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Having been beaten by Leeds and Canberra in their previous preseason matches, the Dogs came from behind to easily account for 2004 wooden spooners South Sydney 40-16 in front of 10,890 fans at Members Equity Stadium.
With confidence high after last Saturday's Charity Shield win against St George Illawarra, Souths dominated the early exchanges but a piece of Sonny Bill Williams magic put the Bulldogs on the road to victory.
Williams unleashed a seemingly impossible offload for five-eighth Braith Anasta to score in the 16th minute and the Bulldogs led 10-6 at halftime.
The only negative for coach Steve Folkes was a twisted ankle which forced second rower Reni Maitua off early in the game but in positive news prop Mark O'Meley made a successful return after offseason knee and elbow surgery.