Bulldogs 39 Dragons 20
Late Dogs' charge slays Dragons
Canterbury survived some Josh Dugan magic to maintain their charge towards the finals with a 39-20 come-from-behind win over St George.PT1M30S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2rakh 620 349 August 6, 2013
Josh Dugan may have been the most dominant player on the field but not even his near unstoppable one man show could stop a fast-finishing Canterbury side at WIN Jubilee Oval on Monday night.
The match swung constantly, eventually finishing 39-20 in favour of the Bulldogs. Canterbury started the stronger, taking 12 minutes to score two tries before St George Illawarra scored 20-unanswered points including a three-try haul in nine minutes either side of half-time.
Greg Eastwood gets the pass away. Photo: Brendan Esposito
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|Players||Dugan(2), Nightingale, Vidot||Tries||4||Tries||7||Players||Hodkinson, Jackson, Williams(2), Kasiano(2), Morris|
|Players||Dugan 2/4 (50%)||Conversions||2||Conversions||5||Players||Hodkinson 5/7 (71%)|
|Players||Penalty goals||0||Penalty goals||0||Players|
|Players||Field goals||0||Field goals||1||Players||Hodkinson 1/1 (100%)|
The Bulldogs finished on top with four tries of their own in 17 minutes including two tries to prop Sam Kasiano.
Tony Williams finished with two tries as well in a strong second half.
Whatever Dugan just re-signed for, double it, triple it, quadruple it. In fact you could almost give him the entire St George Illawarra salary cap – such was his dominance.
St.George Dragons v The Canterbury Bulldogs
Josh Dugan scores. Photo: Brendan Esposito
His performance was mesmerising as he celebrated the rich four year deal he signed on Friday against the side who made a last-gasp effort to steal him.
If Dugan was the Dragons best, Kasiano was the Bulldogs’ after the man mountain resurrected a Bulldogs side who were on the verge of a shock upset. He was placed on a report for a high tackle on Dugan late in the game.
The NSW fullback scored two tries and set up another in a crucial win for the Bulldogs. The victory keeps Canterbury’s top four hopes alive and moved the Bulldogs away from the clustered bunch of teams competing for a top eight spot.
Dugan broke the Dragons 205 minute point-scoring drought at WIN Jubilee Oval with two solo first half efforts.
Despite making 35 more tackles than their opposition, the Dragons remarkably held a two point lead at half-time. The Bulldogs control with the ball was near faultless in the opening 40 minutes, completing 94 per cent of possession. But it was off the ball where they struggled to enforce the stranglehold they had on the game.
Ill-discipline and a high penalty count against them allowed the Dragons to march up the field, with seven penalties.
Halfback Trent Hodkinson regathered his own grubber kick to score the first try of the match, before Dragons centre Nathan Green was penalised for an apparent high shot.
That penalty was matched by an equally soft missed tackle from Dragons centre Daniel Vidot to allow Josh Jackson to shrug past to score the Bulldogs' second try.
From there the Bulldogs looked disjointed in attack as they missed the spark of injured fullback Ben Barba, who will be out for at least another four weeks. Josh Morris was solid in his switch to fullback to allow Sam Perrett to return to the wing.
Hodkinson’s boot almost laid on the first try of the second half, when a swirling bomb was allowed to bounce with Dale Finucane getting over the try line from a Mitch Brown pass only to be denied by Dugan’s boot after fumbling the ball.
And then it was left to Dugan to again spark the Dragons. With some sleek footwork, he got on the outside of the Bulldogs left edge defence of Brown and Tim Lafai to get the pass to Green, who juggled the ball before giving Jason Nightingale an untouched passage to the try line.
When the Dragons scored six minutes later, it completed a remarkable three-try haul in nine minutes for the home side in front of 12,846 people. Vidot captured a clever long ball – just out of the fingers tips of Perrett – from Adam Quinlan to score to give the Dragons a 20-8 lead.
But that’s where the joy ended for the home side as the Bulldogs rushed to the lead through tries to big men Kasiano and Williams, on their way to scoring 31 unanswered points.
BULLDOGS 39 (S Kasiano 2 T Williams 2 T Hodkinson J Jackson J Morris tries T Hodkinson 5 goals T Hodkinson field goal) bt ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 20 (J Dugan 2 J Nightingale D Vidot tries J Dugan 2 goals) at WIN Jubilee Oval. Referee: Gerard Sutton, Henry Perenara. Crowd: 12,846.