Resurgent Bulldogs roll on

 

DESPITE racing out of the blocks and leading 18-0 after 18 minutes Canterbury required golden point to outlast Manly 32-30 in a Friday night thriller at Brookvale Oval tonight.
Bulldogs halfback and former Sea Eagle Trent Hodkinson proved the hero with a successful 84th minute penalty goal after the home side surged back into the contest to level the scores in the 78th minute.
Hodkinson was heavily involved in the opening quarter of the match with his boot directly laying on tries for Josh Morris in the 2nd minute, followed by Ben Barba in the 11th minute. Barba was the beneficiary of Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran and centre Steve Matai impeding each other in their own in-goal in an attempt to defuse the kick.
Frank Pritchard charged through a lazy attempted tackle from Anthony Watmough in the 17th minute and it looked to be all one-way traffic as the visitors played direct, no-mistake football.
City Origin representative Jorge Taufua got the Eagles on the board in the 26th minute after Foran spun out of Inu and Reynolds' tackle before he floated a pass over the top to his winger. Taufua still had some work to do but he did it well, despite Sam Perrett coming across in cover.
The second half was a repeat of the first as the Bulldogs began the half in fine style with fullback Barba notching his second try of the night. The 60-metre effort started with Reynolds who drifted across field before firing a pass to Perrett on the right hand side. Perrett delivered a perfect one-handed pass around the corner to Krisnan Inu who found Reynolds looming in support before he drew Pita Hiku, sending Barba on an unimpeded 30-metre race to the line.
Manly second-rower Justin Horo again closed the gap to 24-12 in the 51st minute with Foran again in the thick of the action as his his pass found Jamie Buhrer who offloaded a miraculous one-handed effort to Horo to outmuscle Barba into the in-goal.
The most controversial decision of the night occurred in the 58th minute when referee Shayne Hayne referred Josh Reynolds' attempt at a try to the video referee. Despite replays suggesting the Canterbury five-eighth was clearly short of the line, video referees Ashley Klein and Henry Perenara had several looks at the incident before flashing up the green lights.
With the scoreboard showing 30-12 and Canterbury appearing to be in control of the match the Sea Eagles surged back into the contest when Daly Cherry-Evans finished off a 65-metre try, with Foran again the architect. As Sam Perrett dropped back on the last tackle, Foran ran the ball on the last. Winger Jorge Taufua took on Tony Williams who was coming across in cover before he passed back on the inside to Steve Matai. Cherry-Evans then won the race to the corner.
A further two tries in four minutes in the 74th and 78th minutes set up a grandstand finish as the Sea Eagles appeared to be finishing over the top of the Bulldogs who were being starved of possession.
With the clock winding down, Josh Reynolds raced out of marker to put pressure on Foran on the last tackle but his efforts were in vain as the ball deflected off the Bulldog's hands and into the path of Matai who scored to send the home crowd into raptures. Lyon's conversion from the sideline lifted the roof off the Jane Try Stand.
In the 3rd minute of extra time, referee Shayne Hayne ruled Glenn Stewart and Kieran Foran put Reynolds into a dangerous position before moving the mark another 10 metres following Foran's back chat. Trent Hodkinson then stepped up when his 40-metre penalty goal attempt sailed over the black dot.
Next week the Bulldogs host the Roosters on Friday night while Manly have the weekend off.

DESPITE racing out of the blocks and leading 18-0 after 18 minutes Canterbury required golden point to outlast Manly 32-30 in a Friday night thriller in front of 12.157 diehards at a chilly Brookvale Oval tonight.

Bulldogs halfback and former Sea Eagle Trent Hodkinson proved the hero with a successful 84th minute penalty goal after the home side surged back into the contest to level the scores in the 78th minute.

Hodkinson was heavily involved in the opening quarter of the match with his boot directly laying on tries for Josh Morris in the 2nd minute, followed by Ben Barba in the 11th minute. Barba was the beneficiary of Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran and centre Steve Matai impeding each other in their own in-goal in an attempt to defuse the kick.

Frank Pritchard charged through a lazy attempted tackle from Anthony Watmough in the 17th minute and it looked to be all one-way traffic as the visitors played direct, no-mistake football.

City Origin representative Jorge Taufua got the Eagles on the board in the 26th minute after Foran spun out of Inu and Reynolds' tackle before he floated a pass over the top to his winger. Taufua still had some work to do but he did it well, despite Sam Perrett coming across in cover.

The second half was a repeat of the first as the Bulldogs began the half in fine style with fullback Barba notching his second try of the night. The 60-metre effort started with Reynolds who drifted across field before firing a pass to Perrett on the right hand side. Perrett delivered a perfect one-handed pass around the corner to Krisnan Inu who found Reynolds looming in support before he drew Pita Hiku, sending Barba on an unimpeded 30-metre race to the line.

Manly second-rower Justin Horo again closed the gap to 24-12 in the 51st minute with Foran again in the thick of the action as his his pass found Jamie Buhrer who offloaded a miraculous one-handed effort to Horo to outmuscle Barba into the in-goal.

The most controversial decision of the night occurred in the 58th minute when referee Shayne Hayne referred Josh Reynolds' attempt at a try to the video referee. Despite replays suggesting the Canterbury five-eighth was clearly short of the line, video referees Ashley Klein and Henry Perenara had several looks at the incident before flashing up the green lights.

With the scoreboard showing 30-12 and Canterbury appearing to be in control of the match the Sea Eagles surged back into the contest when Daly Cherry-Evans finished off a 65-metre try, with Foran again the architect. As Sam Perrett dropped back on the last tackle, Foran ran the ball on the last. Winger Jorge Taufua took on Tony Williams who was coming across in cover before he passed back on the inside to Steve Matai. Cherry-Evans then won the race to the corner.

A further two tries in four minutes in the 74th and 78th minutes set up a grandstand finish as the Sea Eagles appeared to be finishing over the top of the Bulldogs who were being starved of possession.

With the clock winding down, Josh Reynolds raced out of marker to put pressure on Foran on the last tackle but his efforts were in vain as the ball deflected off the Bulldog's hands and into the path of Matai who scored to send the home crowd into raptures. Lyon's conversion from the sideline lifted the roof off the Jane Try Stand.

In the 3rd minute of extra time, referee Shayne Hayne ruled Glenn Stewart and Kieran Foran put Reynolds into a dangerous position before moving the mark another 10 metres following Foran's back chat. Trent Hodkinson then stepped up when his 40-metre penalty goal attempt sailed over the black dot.

Next week the Bulldogs host the Roosters on Friday night while Manly have the weekend off.


Match Details
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 30 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 32
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Crowd: 12157
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Trent Hodkinson
2 points - Kieran Foran
1 point - James Graham

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (30)
Tries: Jorge Taufua, Justin Horo, Daly Cherry-Evans (2), Steve Matai
Field Goals: Daly Cherry-Evans (0/1)
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (5/5)
Penalty Goals:

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (32)
Tries: Josh Morris, Ben Barba (2), Frank Pritchard, Josh Reynolds
Field Goals:
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (5/5)
Penalty Goals: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Good evening footy fans and welcome to a very brisk Brookvale Oval on the Northern Beaches of Sydney for tonight's Round 14 encounter between the Sea Eagles and Bulldogs. The home side will look to bounce back from last week's surprising 18-16 loss across the Tasman while the Bulldogs are gaining momentum, after their 36-26 win in Townsville.
In TEAM CHANGES, the Manly side are 1-17 while there are two minor changes for the Bulldogs. James Graham and Josh Jackson will start, with Sam Kasiano and Tony Williams dropping back to the bench.
13 minutes remaining in the NYC and the Bulldogs 30 lead the Sea Eagles 20. First grade will kick off a little after 7.35pm.
Fulltime in the Holden Cup and the Bulldogs have hung on to defeat the Sea Eagles 32-26.
Michael Ennis leads the Bulldogs out onto Brookvale Oval. They head to the southern end where they will kick off.
1 min: We're underway!
1 min: Knock-on Manly. Watmough puts it down on just the second tackle trying to offload. Bulldogs scrum.
2 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Josh Morris. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Josh Morris scores the first try of the night! After not posing too many questions in their first set of six, Hodkinson kicked to the corner where Morris outleapt Williams to bang the ball down. He appeared to be injured in doing so, but is now moving freely. Hodkinson adds the extras.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6-0
5 min: Good set from the 'Dogs after scoring points. Hodkinson finds touch 20m from the Eagles line where they will feed a scrum.
6 min: Cherry-Evans goes to the air and none of the Bulldogs players want to catch the ball, but they are awarded the penalty for offside.
8 min: Hiku takes Reynolds bomb well and races out to the 20.
8 min: PENALTY Eagles. Eastwood and Graham not square at marker.
9 min: Foran kicks into the in-goal before the ball trickles dead. Bulldogs 20m restart.
10 min: PENALTY Bulldogs. Eagles caught offside.
11 min: VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Bulldogs try.
11 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Ben Barba. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Barba scores the second try off Hodkinson's boot for the night! The kick was pinpoint beside the posts, where Foran and Matai impeded each other. Foran put the ball down in the contest, allowing Barba to score. Hodkinson adds the extras.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12-0
14 min: PENALTY Eagles. Inu ruled to have taken Horo around the neck.
15 min: Cherry-Evans kicks towards the posts before Inu knocks it dead after Horo knocks on. 20m restart for the Bulldogs.
16 min: PENALTY Bulldogs. Lawrence with an arm on the head.
17 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Frank Pritchard. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Pritchard scores for the Bulldogs! Hodkinson turns the big man on the inside before he muscled over the top of Watmough to bang the ball down. Hodkinson squeezes the ball just inside the left post to extend the lead to 18.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-0
20 min: Hodkinson's kick on the last finds Williams who charges back into the defence 30m from his own line.
20 min: PENALTY Eagles. Ennis with the second movement in the tackle leaves the ref with no option.
22 min: Foran kicks for Lyon but Morris intercepts the ball before knocking on. Manly scrum.
22 min: Cherry-Evans forces the pass which is knocked down by the Bulldogs before Ennis and Williams exchange pleasantries. Manly scrum.
24 min: Foran kicks towards Taufua but Perrett gets to the ball first before knocking on. Another Manly scrum 10m from the line.
25 min: PENALTY Eagles. Shoulder charge.
26 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Jorge Taufua. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
Taufua gets the Eagles on the board at the end of their fourth successive set with the ball on the Bulldogs line. Foran spun out of the tackle of Inu and Reynolds before lofting a pass to his winger who crossed in the corner. Lyon adds the extras from the sideline.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-6
29 min: PENALTY Eagles. Inu with his hand on the ball.
31 min: Foran kicks on the last and Inu dives on the ball just in the field of play.
31 min: PENALTY Eagles. Perrett with a knee in the play-the-ball.
33 min: Cherry-Evans kicks early in the tackle count but the ball is stopped by Hodkinson's leg before he dives on possession.
35 min: Cherry-Evans hooks a kick back to the posts but it rolls dead. Bulldogs restart.
36 min: The 'Dogs run the ball on the last with Hodkinson's pass ruled forward. Manly changeover.
37 min: Horo throws boot to ball and then Graham comes up with possession.
38 min: PENALTY Bulldogs. Hodkinson ruled to have been taken out after kicking with replays suggesting it was a very ordinary call.
39 min: VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Bulldogs try.
39 min: No Try. PENALTY Eagles. Two-man strip in the in-goal.
40 min: Manly throw the ball around before Lyon kicks for Williams but Barba bats the ball over the sideline. Manly scrum.
40 min: Lyon kicks from the scrum and Perrett knocks the ball over the deadball line to finish the first half.
40 min: Halftime at Brookvale and Canterbury 18 lead Manly 6.
41 min: Second half underway. Bulldogs with first use of the footy.
41 min: The Bulldogs run the ball on the last and Reynolds' pass to Inu is forward. Changeover.
42 min: Matai kicks for Taufua but the ball goes touch in-goal. 20m restart Bulldogs.
43 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Ben Barba. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Barba scores his second try of the night. The try started on their own side of halfway with Reynolds' pass finding Perrett who put Inu away down the touchline. Inu then found Reynolds back on the inside before he passed to Barba who loomed up in support. Hodkinson adds the extras again.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24-6
46 min: Hodkinson plugs a kick to the corner for Williams to charge back into the defence.
48 min: PENALTY Eagles. Perrett slows the play-the-ball down.
49 min: Foran kicks into the in-goal but Barba picks up the ball before he's forced back despite replays suggesting it was the incorrect call. Bulldogs dropout.
50 min: PENALTY Eagles. Watmough has the ball stolen in a two-man tackle.
51 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Justin Horo. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
Horo crashes over next to the posts! Foran delivered a short ball for Buhrer to charge onto before he threw a miraculous pass to Horo who beat Barba to score. Lyon adds two more to close the gap to 12.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24-12
54 min: Barba puts Cherry-Evans bomb down and the Eagles go on the attack!
54 min: PENALTY Eagles. Reynolds takes Buhrer out off the ball.
56 min: Horo chases Foran's kick into the in-goal before Barba uses his body well to shepherd the ball into the arms of Morris.
57 min: PENALTY Bulldogs. Manly offside.
57 min: PENALTY Bulldogs. Manly offside.
58 min: VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Bulldogs try.
58 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Josh Reynolds. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Reynolds scores alongside the posts to put the Bulldogs back out by more than a converted try despite replays suggesting he was short of the line before losing possession. Hodkinson makes it 5 from 5 with the boot.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30-12
62 min: Manly run the ball on the last through Foran but his pass back to Ballin is knocked on.
65 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Daly Cherry-Evans. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
Cherry-Evans gives the Eagles a glimmer of hope with a scintillating 60-metre try. They ran the ball on the last with Taufua taking on Williams down the sideline before passing to Matai. Matai then drew Barba and delivered the pass to his halfback to win the race to the corner. Lyon converts from the sideline.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30-18
68 min: Manly run the ball on the last and it's touched! Six more on the Bulldogs line.
69 min: Hiku kicks for Taufua but Barba wins the race to the ball and bats it dead. Bulldogs dropout.
71 min: Stewart grubbers into the in-goal and Brown forces the ball. Bulldogs dropout.
72 min: Brilliant goal-line defence from the Bulldogs repels the Eagles and they work the ball up field.
73 min: Foran chips early in the tackle count and Graham can't pick up the ball. Six more for the home side.
74 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Daly Cherry-Evans. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
Cherry-Evans picks up the ball from dummy half and strolls over untouched to set up a grandstand finish! He was too quick for Tolman and Pritchard and fended off Barba to score beside the posts. Lyon adds the extras.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30-24
77 min: Perrett takes Cherry-Evans' bomb well and the Dogs have possession with 3 minutes left on the clock.
77 min: Hodkinson looks for a 40/20 but picks out Williams before the little halfback comes up with a rattling hit.
78 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Steve Matai. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
Foran's kick back to the posts is deflected by the defence back into the arms of Matai who scores out wide! Lyon adds the extras to tie us up at 30-all!
30 all
80 min: Fulltime at Brookvale and we're headed to golden point. Bulldogs and Manly 30-all.
80 min: We're underway in golden point!
81 min: Hodkinson goes to the air and Reynolds comes up with the ball before throwing a speculator. Cherry-Evans dives on the ball.
82 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Field goal attempt by Daly Cherry-Evans unsuccessful.
Cherry-Evans has a 40 metre attempt at field goal which misses.
30 all
83 min: PENALTY Eagles. Stewart and Foran pick up Reynolds and get him into a dangerous position.
83 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Penalty goal attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.
Hodkinson kicks a 40-metre penalty goal to get the Dogs home!
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 32-30
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