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Live: Bulldogs v Dragons

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Justin Ballis

Trent Merrin of the Dragons is tackled. Click for more photos

Bulldogs thrash dreadful Dragons

Josh Morris scores a hat-trick as the Bulldogs belt the Dragons. Photo: Getty Images

Full-time: Bulldogs 30 Dragons 4. A comprehensive victory to the Canterbury side, with contributions across the park. Dragons' discipline was poor. First-half hat-trick for Josh Morris.

78th minute: Ennis shanks his kick - his second of the night out on the full. Soward puts through a clever chip kick for Ben Hornby under the sticks to no avail.

77th minute: Great move from the Bulldogs, Barba involved as usual, but Morris's last pass goes forward.

74th minute: Try to Eastwood. Carries two across the line. Makes weight of possession count. Turner converts. Bulldogs 30 Dragons 4.

74th minute: Dragons concede their third play-the-ball penalty of the match.

72nd minute: Reynolds tries to release the ball on the line, under the attention of three defenders, but he is ruled to have lost the ball.

69th minute: Dragons back with the ball after a scrum but a no-look Soward pass goes to ground.They are tiring badly, and Bulldogs force a restart with a kick in-goal.

67th minute: That man again, Kasiano, ankle-taps Stanley, who knocks on. Leeson Ah Mau goes on report for a high shot. Bulldogs up to the 30-metre line after the kick.

66th minute: A Kasiano strip, followed by a foward pass, ends with the video ref ruling a no try to the Dogs. He could only rule on the former, not the latter, which was blatant. 

64th minute: Prop Sam Kasiano has been very involved for the Dogs, this time cutting off a Soward run. Certainly a size differential there.

62nd minute: Dragons make only 19 metres in five tackles, Soward runs it on the last and, after some movement between the sidelines, they find some space - but not enough.

61st minute: Reynolds's midfield bomb seemingly knocked back by Goodwin but the ref rules the other way. Dragons' feed to the scrum.

59th minute: Barba proving a real handful. Reynolds's cross-field kick is taken by Brett Morris, who sprints out for a quick re-start.

57th minute: Another knock-on from the Dragons, this time Stanley's the culprit after receiving an ordinary pass.

55th minute: A good set by the Bulldogs and a low kick by Reynolds forces the Dragons to take the ball in their own in-goal. Morris finds some space on the left after some easy metres but a stretched Barba fields his kick.

53rd minute: Hodkinson's bomb gets no distance and now the Dragons attempt to get out of their own half.

52nd minute: Kasiano and Weyman have a bit of a push and shove then Weyman, upset, hits Corey Payne high. He goes on report. Frustration spilling over. Discipline poor tonight by the Dragons.

50th minute: Try Bulldogs! Reynolds's cross-field kick tapped back by Morris, went out to Goodwin, who put in a grubber. Goodwin beat Hornby to the ball in the in-goal. After a quick scan by the video ref the try was awarded and the Bulldogs have taken a stranglehold on the match. Turner converts. Bulldogs 24 Dragons 4

47th minute: Pressure relieved by a Dogs mistake. Brett Morris put into the clear and his inside ball, flung as he was heading across the touchline, ends up in the Dogs' hands. Sowards reckons it was a knock-on. Nonetheless, the penalty goes the other way.

45th minute: Merrin spins around like a turtle near the line trying ground the ball. The ball goes right and eventually Soward makes the error. Both Dragons centres are injured. Dragons then pinged for stripping the ball. Dogs on attack.

44th minute: Dragons looking likely. Rein on the left wing shrugs off the attentions of Halatau. He cops a forearm to the face for his efforts. Penalty Dragons. Rein is struggling.

43rd minute: Great ball by Merrin to Mitch Rein for a break that ends up with a Brett Morris grubber. Ball back with Dogs.

Second half kick-off: Dragons get it underway. Their completion rate of 55 per cent - and an error rate of 8-3 comparied to the Dogs - told the story of the first half for the visitors. They've consequently blown out to $4 from $1.60 favouristism in at least one market. 

Half-Time: Bulldogs 18 Dragons 4. The Dragons have cruelled themselves with errors in possession, not always under pressure. Bryson Goodwin and Ben Barba, in particular, have found plenty of space and Josh Morris has reaped the reward.

39th minute: Dragons on attack close to the line but Trent Merrin puts the ball down. Poor communication let down the Dragons this time. Bulldogs 18 Dragons 4

38th minute: Ennis, sprinting out of dummy half,  kicks out on the full after a good set from the Bulldogs. Waste of good work.

35th minute: Josh Morris the star again for the Bulldogs, retrieving a bomb with, well, aplomb. Rushing defence foiling the Dragons.

34th minute: Now a Bulldogs mistake gifts the Dragons great field position. Uncharacteristic number of errors from these two sides.

31st minute: Try Bulldogs! Josh Morris is in again for a first-half hat-trick. It all started with a mistake by Dean Young. Great hands by the Bulldogs, a misread in defence by Nightingale and Goodwin gets the ball away to Morris. Try is converted. Bulldogs 18 Dragons 4

28th minute: Try Dragons. Brett Morris cuts in from the left wing on the fourth tackle and pops a wonderful ball out to Kyle Stanley, who picks it up off his toes under pressure. Soward misses the conversion. Across the face. Bulldogs 12 Dragons 4

26th minute: A Matt Prior charge-down in midfield; penalty against Dogs for a strip but then another Dragons error releases the pressure. The strip appeared a harsh call.

23rd minute: The Dogs' English import James Graham drops the ball cold. Scrum win to Dragons and they're finally in the opposition 10. Moments later they return the favour. Dragons cannot sustain any pressure with these mistakes and penalties.

22nd minute: Steve Turner adds the extras. Bulldogs 12, Dragons 0.

21st minute: Try Bulldogs. It's Morris again, who beat his man Hornby on the left wing with a beautiful in-and-away. Bulldogs 10, Dragons 0.

20th minute: Dragons concede a stupid penalty for an incorrect play-the-ball. It's not the first they've given up in possession.

19th minute: Barba under no pressure from a Soward midfield bomb. Made 50 metres before the kick, the Dragons, and it's been a reasonably open affair so far.

17th minute: Hornby spilts the defence on the right flank but the chance is blown when Soward throws a pass into his own player on the opposite side.

14th minute: Penalty to Dragons gives them the chance to stretch the Dogs, but the quick ball movement is countered by some great defence and the ball is spilled.

12th minute: Soward's kick fielded by Barba and the Bulldogs again churn through the metres. Ennis's kick into touch lands only a few metres out.

10th minute: It was a scramble off the kick and the ball was flicked out to Josh Morris, who strolled across the line. Bulldogs convert. Dogs 6, Dragons 0.

9th minute: Try Bulldogs. Barba breaks into open space and causes havoc on a weaving run. A cross-field kick ends up with Morris crossing the line close to the posts.  

5th minute: Penalty against the Dragons has the Dogs asking questions in attack. Barba grubbers through into the left-hand side in-goal but the ball rolls safely over the line. It's an early shot across the bow.

4th minute: Bomb goes up from Bulldogs but Nightingale has no trouble fielding the kick 10 metres out.

2nd minute: Dogs make good ground in their first set of six, after Barba received the ball deep into his half.

Kick-off: The in-form Matt Cooper is a non-starter for the Dragons as Goodwin kicks off to the southern end of ANZ for the Bulldogs.

 

 

PREVIEW

AAP writes: The Bulldogs were dealt a blow when enforcer Frank Pritchard was ruled out for his high shot that left Penrith’s David Simmons in Disneyland. He’s a massive loss when coming up against the St George Illawarra. The Dragons looked like they hadn’t skipped a beat since Wayne Bennett left the building, playing with the same methodical attack and relentless defensive that made them one of the competition’s most feared teams. New Dogs coach Des hates facing the Dragons - even with a star-studded Manly team he had a shocking record, losing six of his last nine matches to the red and whites. Hasler should be concerned, especially after his side were sluggish in their get-out-of-jail win over Penrith.

Greg Prichard writes: Two first-round winners who did it in vastly different fashion. The Dragons led 8-2 and 14-6 against the Knights before winning with an extra-time field goal. The Bulldogs were outplayed early against the Panthers before finishing over the top of them in the second half. The Dragons appear the more settled team of the two, but there is bound to be improvement in the Bulldogs.

Last meeting: Dragons 15 bt Bulldogs 10 at ANZ Stadium
Head to head:
Bulldogs 12, Dragons 10
TV:
Live, Fox Sports 2
TAB Sportsbet:
Bulldogs $2.50, Dragons $1.60
Referees: 
Matt Cecchin, Ashley Klein
Video Referee:
Sean Hampstead

Bulldogs: Ben Barba, Steve Turner, Josh Morris, Jonathan Wright, Bryson Goodwin, Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis, Sam Kasiano, TBA, Dene Halatau, David Stagg. Interchange (from): James Graham, Greg Eastwood, Corey Payne, Joel Romelo, Kris Keating, Martin Taupau

Dragons:  Kyle Stanley, Brett Morris, Beau Scott, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby (c), Jeremy Latimore, Mitch Rein, Michael Weyman, Matt Prior, Ben Creagh, Dean Young. Interchange (from): Nathan Fien, Leeson Ah Mau, Trent Merrin, Jack de Belin

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