Tries: Josh Jackson, Corey Thompson, Tim Lafai, Michael Ennis
Goals: Trent Hodkinson (5/5)
Tries: Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods.
Goals: Cory Patterson (1/2)
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs made it two in a row with a 30-10 victory over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night.
Despite leading 24-0 at half-time, the home side took their foot off the gas and coasted to a win which keeps them in the top 8 with two rounds remaining.
Despite early chances for the Tigers it was the Bulldogs who scored through Josh Jackson in the 10th minute. A pass from Trent Hodkinson found the second rower who burst through to score.
Hodkinson converted for a 6-0 lead.
Six minutes later the home side exploited the lack of experience in the outside backs for the visitors when a looping pass from Hodkinson found Sam Perrett who in turn gave it to Corey Thompson to find the try line.
The halfback was again perfect with the boot as they lead 12-0.
Midway through the first half Trent Hodkinson, who was in everything positive for the side, made a break and found Jackson who passed to Tim Lafai who beat three defenders and scored out wide.
Another conversion from Hodkinson extended the Bulldogs lead to 18-0.
Ten minutes from the interval another cut-out pass from Hodkinson found the chest of Tim Lafai who scored his second try of the game.
Yet another conversion from the Origin halfback meant that the game was over before half-time as they went into the break at 24-0.
The first ten minutes of the second half saw no points scored but in the 51st minute a grubber from the Bulldogs was stoppped by Luke Brooks who ran 80 metres to score. Unfortunately for Tigers fans, a hamstring injury in that run ended Brooks’ season.
A smart grubber into the in-goal from Michael Ennis was regathered by the captain himself to score.
In what was becoming almost guaranteed, Hodkinson converted for a 30-lead.
A late consolation try by Aaron Woods and conversion from Cory Patterson ensured the Tigers won the second half but it was not enough as a 30-10 loss meant they have now lost five in-a-row.