A one-sided performance in the first half?
After a brilliant grubber kick from Sam Perrett allowed Will Hopoate to put the first points on the scoreboard, the floodgates opened as the Bulldogs continued to run rampant in attack. In front of the 38,192 crowd at ANZ Stadium, the Canterbury side tracked more than a kilometre in the first half, producing quality set after quality set, often sets resulted in a try. Moses Mbye possessed a brilliant kicking game before being taken off for a concussion test, and even scored in the seventh minute to make it 10-0.
The fixture wasn’t a total walkover for the Bulldogs though…
Gaps appeared in the Bulldogs’ defence as full-time approached, allowing Chris Grevsmuhl and Michael Oldfield to score and put the Rabbitohs on the scoreboard. Penalties were given away and the Bulldogs were subsequently pushed into their own twenty. The Bulldogs had slumped, however, held onto their thirty-point lead until full-time thanks to muscle in the defence. In making brilliant tackles, James Graham was a standout tonight,
Souths reserves make themselves heard, while others silent
Every one of the Rabbitohs’ twelve points on Friday night came from players frequently starting on the interchange. After the disaster of a first half, Damien Cook and Chris Grevsmuhl were brought off the bench and went on to create chances in the offence. Grevsmuhl crossed the line in the sixty-seventh minute, just after Michael Oldfield, replacing Alex Johnston on the wing, had scored the Rabbitohs’ first try.
Bulldogs backline currently one of the best in the league
With each player in the Bulldogs’ backline leaving ANZ Stadium with a try under their belt, the lineup at the back was successful, and played a vital role in leading the Bulldogs to victory. The post-game statistics put the performance by the Bulldogs’ backline above most from other teams this year. Josh Morris, with a spectacular performance on the wing, was the only player to score two on Friday afternoon, a great outcome for 200th NRL game. His first points came in the 15th minute off a Moses Mbye assist, who had come to the rescue of Tony Williams who was being pushed out of play. There is clearly talent in this area of play, which we will see more of in future Bulldogs fixtures.
IN THE SHEDS
Bulldogs forward Tony Williams left the field for a concussion test prior to half-time, and after failing he remained on the sidelines for the final fourty minutes of play. Also from the Canterbury side, halfback Moses Mbye was taken for a concussion test in the first half, passing and re-entering the field of play minutes later.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 12
Tries: Michael Oldfield, Chris Grevsmuhl
Goals: Damien Cook 2
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 42
Tries: Josh Morris 2, Will Hopoate, Moses Mbye, Sam Perrett, Curtis Rona, Chase Stanley, Craig Garvey
Goals: Moses Mbye 5