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Four Pointers: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18 Melbourne Storm 12

Holland has a touch of El Magic

Kerrod Holland had an impressive outing in only his second game at NRL level. He made some good defensive reads, scored the winning try and had a flawless night with the boot, striking three from three with all of those conversions being close to the sideline. Following in the footsteps of Hazem El Mazri and Trent Hodkinson, Holland is continuing the Bulldogs knack for having sharpshooting goal-kickers amongst their ranks.

While his first grade spot isn’t secure with Chase Stanley to come back from injury and Brett Morris to re-enter the equation later in the year, he has done more than enough to prove he has earned his place. He may also start to attract the attention of rival clubs in the market for a talented centre with the bonus of accurate goal-kicking.

The Dogs know how to weather a Storm

After their victory on Monday night the Bulldogs now hold six consecutive victories over the Storm. Defence was the name of the game for Dogs with some brilliant efforts from players like Sam Perrett and Will Hopoate who held up Cameron Munster as he caught a short chip kick near the try-line and looked a certainty to score. Frantic scrambling defence on the Dogs line meant any gaps were quickly shut down as soon as they appeared and the Storm weren’t able to break the line despite the weight of possession in their favour.

Storm’s attack a work in progress

The Melbourne Storm have maintained their early season struggles with attack and their inability to capitalize on opportunities made all the difference in a narrow contest. Coach Craig Bellamy mentioned in his half-time address that their attack was ‘messy’ and players were not in the right positions. Blake Green put in a poor grubber that Moses Mbye deflected and picked up to race away for the game’s first try, Munster sent two cut-out passes to the touchline as his wingers found themselves overrunning the play and Marika Koroibete dropped a pinpoint kick to his wing from halfway he would have usually caught.

With a sloppy error count of 10 for the match, the Storm did well to keep themselves in the contest but with execution in attack sorely lacking, Bellamy is bound to reach near breaking point attempting to find a solution to the problem and quick.

Bulldogs still hunting for consistency

After a disappointing game against the Raiders last week where they were outplayed by the Raiders forwards and showed up for enthusiasm, the Dogs came together to start the game strong. In early proceedings their energy levels were high and their forwards were marching up the field with every carry putting them in good field position and keeping the Storm to one try in the first half.

Their level of effort in attack and defence was in stark contrast to the week before but it’s not the first time this year the Dogs have bounced back from a disappointing loss. In Round 3 they had no answers to a determined Eels side, going down 20-6 but the next week they accounted for the Souths comfortably with a 42-12 thrashing. It shows that they’re a dominant side when they’re on but when they’re just a little bit off they’re unable to stay in the fight and get momentum going.

IN THE SHEDS

Injuries
Aidan Tolman- Tolman came off the field during the second half with a corked shin. With a five day turn-around and a trip to New Zealand his fitness will be monitored.

SCOREBOARD

Canterbury Bulldogs
Tries: Moses Mbye (8m), Sam Perrett (20m), Kerrod Holland (61m)
Goals: Holland 3/3

Melbourne Storm
Tries: Tohu Harris (37m), Young Tonumaipea (49m)
Goals: Cameron Smith 2/3

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