The Wet And Wild West Belongs to Canterbury

The Canterbury Bulldogs have had a very successful roadtrip to Perth, coming away with a 46-12 thrashing over the Melbourne Storm in front of just over 12,000 people at NIB Stadium.

The day didn't start too well for the Melbourne Storm with their captain Cameron Smith being ruled out after injuring his back during the warm up. Despite the injury, the match started off really well for the Storm with early tries coming their way through Billy Slater and Will Chambers to let the Storm open a 10-0 lead.

The opening quarter of the match was a far cry from the rest of the match with the Storm having total dominance of the match. It wasn't until the Bulldogs were able to get a string of consistent penalties that they began to apply some attacking pressure and it took some good skill from Trent Hodkinson to score the Bulldogs first of the night.

That try signalled the start of a fightback for the Dogs and after some poor play deep in their own half, Josh Morris took advantage of the pressure and scored to level the match & after Hodkinson's conversion the Dogs had the lead.

So despite leading 12-10 at the break, it took Melbourne just three minutes to level it up after Tohu Harris converted a penalty.

From that point on it was all the Bulldogs and tries were coming at regular intervals through David Klemmer and Josh Jackson.

Just shy of the hour mark, Josh Jackson thought he had his second try of the match but the Video Referees after a lot of replays denied the try going with a No Try onfield decision from referee Ashley Klein. Despite that decision the Dogs still came away with possession and it was the next set when James Graham scored for the Dogs to open it out to an 18 point lead.

That wasn't the end of the match for the Bulldogs with some magic touches from Josh Reynolds setting up tries for Tim Lafai & Chase Stanley to score and extend the margin for the Bulldogs.

Next weekend both sides have tough clashes with, the Bulldogs taking on the defending premiers the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium meanwhile the Melbourne Storm are back at the graveyard AAMI Park to take on the Gold Coast Titans next Sunday afternoon.


Match Details
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 40 Melbourne Storm 12
Venue: NIB Stadium
Crowd: 12014
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12 Melbourne Storm 10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Josh Jackson
2 points - Josh Reynolds
1 point - Timoteo Lafai

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (40)
Tries: Trent Hodkinson, Josh Morris, David Klemmer, Josh Jackson, James Graham, Chase Stanley, Timoteo Lafai
Field Goals:
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (6/7)
Penalty Goals:

MELBOURNE STORM (12)
Tries: Billy Slater, Will Chambers
Field Goals:
Conversions: Tohu Harris (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Tohu Harris (1/1)


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

PLAY UNDERWAY In the Wild West well more the Wet West

1: Opening set ends badly for the Bulldogs with the kick going dead

2: If you missed the news earlier - Storm captain Cameron Smith is OUT

3: James Graham looks like he's at a different place to the rest of his teammates, currently off the field under the Concussion rule

4: Well lets hope the referees are consistent about this - initially Adam Gee calls for a line dropout but Video Ref Luke Phillips takes a look and calls for a 20m restart

5: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Aiden Tolman makes an unforced error.

Aiden Tolman makes the first of what could be many errors tonight in wet conditions

6: Corey Thompson drops the ball in his own ingoal off the high kick, but no damage done easily grounding the ball before the Storm could get there

8: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Billy Slater. Kick to come.

Well while were in the Wild West its fitting that Billy the Kid scores - comes off some great passing from Cooper Cronk and Kevin Proctor

9: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Tohu Harris unsuccessful.

Tohu Harris misses the conversion - pretty sure not many people knew he had the goal kicking ability but he's Melbourne's first choice tonight

10: Cooper Cronk tests out Corey Thompson again and this time he takes it comfortably or as much as can be before Sisa Waqa hits him

12: Melbourne making all the running in this one - making big metres in attack but then showing great pressure in defence

13: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Frank Pritchard makes an unforced error.

Bulldogs struggling today in wet conditions - Frank Pritchard drops the ball this time round

15: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Will Chambers. Kick to come.

Will Chambers runs straight through a gaping hole to score an easy try out wide

16: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Tohu Harris successful.

Tohu Harris gets the conversion from out wide.... only just though

18: Well despite looking like he was in gaga land - James Graham has been cleared and is back on the field after his concussion test

19: PENALTY STORM - Opening penalty goes to the Storm after one of the Bulldogs players is penalised for a high tackle

19: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Ben Hampton makes an unforced error.

Ben Hampton goes to the line but is strongly hit by the T-Rex and the tackle forces the ball free

20: PENALTY BULLDOGS - Melbourne Storm penalised for a strip

22: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Tony Williams makes an unforced error.

A short ball from James Graham to Tony Williams is knocked on after Tony Williams can't take it cleanly

22: Another drop ball this time from Melbourne

23: PENALTY BULLDOGS - Ben Hampton is penalised for running a Bulldogs playing off the ball

24: PENALTY BULLDOGS - Another penalty to the Dogs

25: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Trent Hodkinson. Kick to come.

Trent Hodkinson ducks and dives and steps his way through to score despite being tackled by Tohu Harris

25: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Trent Hodkinson converts his own try and close the gap

26: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Pat O'Hanlon makes an unforced error.

Pat O'Hanlon gets his first touch of the ball and doesn't seem to like it because he drops it straight away

28: PENALTY BULLDOGS - Sisa Waqa hits Sam Perrett high after a Cooper Cronk kick

28: And in fact Sisa Waqa is place ON REPORT for the tackle

29: An average kick is put down by Will Chambers and the Bulldogs get another set inside the Storm's 10m zone

30: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Josh Morris. Kick to come.

Josh Morris takes advantage of the pressure that the Bulldogs created and he gets it back to level terms

32: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Well despite kicking into a strong wind and driving rain Trent Hodkinson converts it from the sideline

34: Bulldogs with the momentum at this stage, looking more dangerous in attack and stronger in defence

35: An unusually poor last tackle option sees Cooper Cronk send the ball dead and the Bulldogs get the 20m restart & zero tackle

36: Repeat set coming up for the Bulldogs with Young Tonumaipea trapped ingoal after a good kick from Josh Reynolds

37: PENALTY BULLDOGS - Storm penalised for a "crusher tackle" - Bulldogs now just 15m out from the Storm line

39: PENALTY BULLDOGS - The Storm penalised for being inside the 10m - Penalty count now 6-1 in favour of the Bulldogs

40: PENALTY STORM - Bulldogs cross but Ashley Klein calls it back for an obstruction

40: HALF TIME at NIB Stadium in a wet and windy Perth, Bulldogs take a 12-10 lead into the break

40: Just remember everyone that this isn't the only game on the card today at NIB Stadium - earlier this afternoon the Perth based West Coast Pirates took on the St George Dragons in a SG Ball cup match

40: Play back underway at the wet and windy NIB Stadium

42: James Graham has NOT returned to the field for the second half for the Bulldogs

43: PENALTY STORM - Michael Ennis reverses his way back into Billy Slater for a collision & the Storm will go for the 2

44: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Penalty goal attempt by Tohu Harris successful.

Tohu Harris converts the penalty and scores are back level

46: VIDEO REFEREE: Upstairs we go for the first time tonight, David Klemmer the man claiming the try, checking onside from the kick & the contest, Ashley Klein gives us the 'T'

46: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by David Klemmer. Kick to come.

A Spot on kick is taken and cleaned up by the Dogs and David Klemmer cross the line for his FIRST NRL try of his career

47: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

As expected from in front Trent Hodkinson converts to extend the Bulldogs lead

52: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Josh Jackson. Kick to come.

Some beautiful running play from the Bulldogs sees Josh Jackson race through to score

53: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Again no issues for Trent Hodkinson from in front

55: An error from the Bulldogs and the Storm will get to attack from half way

56: Melbourne have a poor last tackle again - Tohu Harris is caught on the last about 5m out from the line

58: A bit of a blow up at the moment, referees happy to call the scrum to go ahead

59: Well some luck for the Bulldogs after the differential penalty

59: VIDEO REFEREE: Josh Jackson claims his second but NO TRY is called by Ashley Klein, checking knock ons & onside from a kick

59: Video Referee's taking quite a few looks, replays suggest a try but...

59: Were looking at some more replays again.... replays getting a work out

59: Up to replay 58 and still no decision, now its into slow motion, remember NO TRY was onfield call of Ashley Klein

59: NO TRY is the ruling - Video referees admit that its likely there was no touch from Josh Jackson but as explained by VR, replays couldn't allow them to make a conclusive decision, Dogs have scrum anyway

61: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by James Graham. Kick to come.

James Graham is back on the field and scores the try for the Bulldogs and that makes it tough for the Storm now

62: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Trent Hodkinson has no problems again from close range to extend the Dogs lead

64: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Chase Stanley. Kick to come.

Josh Reynolds showing some fantastic skill and puts a beautiful kick that goes straight into the arms of Chase Stanley who scores

66: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Trent Hodkinson hits it sweetly from the sideline and converts the goal, to push the margin out to 24

68: Everything running in favour of the Dogs, good bounce back towards their chasers from nowhere but goes astray with a knock on

71: Another good kick from the Bulldogs sees them get a repeat set

72: Storm go short on the dropout but knock on trying to clean it up & Dogs on attack inside the Storm 10m zone

74: An awkward and dangerous looking tackle is let go by the referees - replay suggests a penalty should've be coming for the storm

76: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Timoteo Lafai. Kick to come.

A big run from Tim Lafai sees him burst through some weak defence and the Bulldogs score again

78: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.

Trent Hodkinson puts his worst kick of the night in and it misses

79: PENALTY STORM - Two late penalties to the Storm give them a chance to post a consolation try

79: Or Not with another error from the Storm

80: FULL TIME at NIB Stadium & it was the Bulldogs winning 40-12

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