St George Illawarra Dragons 6
Tries: Brett Morris
Goals: Gareth Widdop 1/1
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 38
Tries: Tim Lafai 3, Sam Perrett, Tony Williams, Josh Reynolds, Greg Eastwood
Goals: Trent Hodkinson 5/7
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs delivered a mother’s day massacre to the St George Illawarra Dragons with a comprehensive 38-6 triumph at ANZ Stadium.
A disappointing crowd of 21,077 was on hand as the Bulldogs highlighted the gap between the two sides, racking up 7 tries to one, including a hat-trick to Bulldogs centre Tim Lafai.
It all started in the 5th minute when Bulldogs fullback Sam Perrett spun around and found a hole in the Dragons’ goal-line defence to score. Trent Hodkinson converted for a 6-0 lead.
In the tenth minute a Hodkinson bomb was batted back by former Dragon Chase Stanley to allow Tony Williams to score to make it 10-0.
The Bulldogs were dominating the match and added their third in the 24th minute when a late Sam Kasiano offload found skipper Michael Ennis who passed to Josh Jackson. The young second rower put centre Tim Lafai over for a simple try and Hodkinson converted to give the Bulldogs a 16-0 advantage.
With 8 minutes left in the half Lafai scored his second, again set up by Jackson who put in a grubber that bounced off the Dragons and Lafai showed great determination to pounce on the loose ball. Hodkinson’s conversion made it a half to forget for the Dragons who trailed 22-0.
Lafai scored his third try just four minutes into the second half, zig-zagging between some lacklustre defence to make it 26-0.
In the 62nd minute a beautiful offload by Williams found a flying Josh Morris who raced away before sending Greg Eastwood on his way, the big kiwi sidestepping both Brett Morris and Nathan Green to score. Hodkinson added the extras and the Bulldogs were doing it easy, up 32-0.
Josh Reynolds capped another impressive display when he latched onto a Sam Williams short ball and racing away to score. With Hodkinson’s conversion, the Bulldogs led 38-0 with ten minutes to play.
The Dragons best moment came in the 77th minute when a neat grubber by Gareth Widdop was claimed by Brett Morris for a try. Widdop converted but it had been a miserable day for the Dragons, who have now lost 5 of their past 6 matches.