In what was billed as a family affair, it was appropriate that the Morris twin from the Family Club took the spoils last night. Josh Morris bagged three tries, in an almost unblemished first half of rugby league from the hosts, to give Des Hasler his second win from as many starts at Canterbury.
''It was obviously a great night for myself,'' former Dragon Morris said.
''That's my first win against them, I'll have bragging rights for a little while over Brett .. Maybe only for a week or so, you've got to get over it.''
Morris has also had to get over an injury which, if not for an unexpected call-up to the Four Nations squad, almost ruined his 2011 season.
''I probably came back too early, of my own accord,'' he said of the knee injury he suffered this time last year.
''I wasn't playing the best and probably let it get to me too much.
''You've just got to try and forget about it and worry about the week coming up.
''That's where I struggled and I've worked on that a bit this year.''
Dogs coach Hasler added: ''He was great down the left edge. He found the space and found the tryline a couple of times. It was great. He really wanted to back up with a good game tonight.''
Several factors combined to bring the result.
The influence of the new mentor and the finishing skills of the older Morris undoubtedly played a part.
But, ultimately, the difference between the two teams came down to one simple statistic - a completion rate of 78 per cent for the Dogs. It might not sound sexy, but it wins football games.
Last week the Bulldogs were fortunate to leave Penrith with two points. Rarely will a team complete just 64 per cent of their sets and still sing the team song. This was a much improved performance and the Dragons couldn't go with them.
''We completed very well, were disciplined with the ball, kept our composure and the rest followed from there,'' Hasler said.
The Dragons couldn't match their opponents in the discipline stakes.
Twice in the first quarter alone they turned over possession with an incorrect play-the-ball.
NSW prop Michael Weyman, frustrated by the ballooning score and some niggle in the previous play-the-ball, collared Corey Payne with a high shot. The incident was placed on report. Dragons interchange Leeson Ah Mau suffered the same fate when he hit Bulldogs lock David Stagg in the head with - yep, you guessed it - a shoulder charge. Neither coach would buy into the incident.
''It wasn't one of our better performances, put it that way,'' Dragons coach Steve Price said after tasting his first defeat.
''We made a lot of uncharacteristic errors by the Dragons' standards.
''Through the trials and last week [our discipline] has been outstanding. But three penalties for not playing the ball correctly is very disappointing.''
Brett Morris, according to sportsbet.com.au, was the $2.10 favourite to bag more tries than Josh ($3.25).
On a weekend of upsets, the result proved there is no such thing as a sure thing in the NRL.
CANTERBURY 30 (J Morris 3 G Eastwood B Goodwin tries S Turner 5 goals) bt ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 4 (K Stanley try) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Matt Cecchin, Ashley Klein. Crowd: 29,641.