Rugby League

Canterbury Bulldogs v North Queensland Cowboys

The Bulldogs welcome back Josh Morris to their starting line-up.
The Bulldogs welcome back Josh Morris to their starting line-up. Photo: Getty Images
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With Johnathan Thurston at his masterly best, the Cowboys were too strong for a disjointed and error-prone Bulldogs side. The Queenslanders were more inventive in attack - take a bow JT, Robert Lui and Michael Morgan - and solid throughout in defence. The Dogs couldn't get their attack rolling - they are really missing Reynolds - but they will have to cut out the silly penalties if they're to get back on the winner's list. This was the Cowboys' second Sydney win in a row - a rarity for them - and Paul Green will be feeling his side is growing in character and resilience every week. A massive two points for North Queensland.

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 20

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79th minute:

Kasiano concedes a stupid penalty 30m out for lingering too long in the tackle. Oh dear. Thurston does the honours.

 

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 20

77th minute:

Josh Jackson has been one of the Bulldogs' best - he's been everywhere tonight.

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 18

76th minute:

Schoolboy error Reni Maitua - losing the ball in the play the ball in the Cows' 20m zone. What a let-off.

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 18

75th minute:

Kasiano is getting a second wind: his road kill is everywhere as he tries to inspire a Berries victory.

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 18

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73rd minute:

Huge bomb from Hodkinson excellently taken by Morgan as Ennis mashes him in the in-goal area.

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 18

70th minute:

Bulldogs look tired. Hodkinson grubbered on the sixth but Lui scooped up the pill and ran into open space for 30m. 

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 18

67th minute:

Sam Perrett crunched in his own-goal area fielding a magical long-distance kick by Michael Morgan. Cows get the ball back from the dropout.

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 18

65th minute:

Doggies go close. Lloyd Perrett barged over but Robert Lui kept himself underneath the big fella and the ball failed to graze the turf. 

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 18

63rd minute:

On a kick-return Michael Morgan slipped and lost the ball in goal, resulting in a dropout. That was very unlucky - the greasy conditions were to blame.

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 18

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60th minute:

Trent Hodkinson hit Josh Jackson on the chest with a well-timed short pass that put the Dogs' No.11 into the gap just 5m out. Hodkinson converts. Dogs rallying.

Bulldogs 12 Cowboys 18

57th minute:

A promising Bulldogs attack breaks down as Jackson throws a one-handed pass to Winterstein.

Bulldogs 6 Cowboys 18

55th minute:

Mbye triggers a repeat six with a smart grubber on the run. Dogs to attack from the dropout.

Bulldogs 6 Cowboys 18

52nd minute:

The Bulldogs attack but Hodkinson fires a pass... into touch. 

Bulldogs 6 Cowboys 18

49th minute:

Lafai spills the pill as he was making inroads into Cowboys territory. Another costly Dogs error.

Bulldogs 6 Cowboys 18

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48th minute:

 

Thurston threw the ball across the chests of his support players to Winterstein who had his own private acreage in which to score. Where were the Doggies on the left side of the ruck? Thurston converts.

Bulldogs 6 Cowboys 18

47th minute:

Tony Williams redeems himself with a bulldozing run trampling half a dozen Cowboys in the process before releasing to Ennis. Great stuff, T Rex.

Bulldogs 6 Cowboys 12

44th minute:

The Cows are making easy metres up the Dogs' guts.

Bulldogs 6 Cowboys 12

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42nd minute:

Taumololo sets the tone for the Cowboys in the second half carrying half the Canterbury side with him with over a bullocking 30m run. 

Bulldogs 6 Cowboys 12

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