While it wasn’t a pretty affair, Canterbury have shown their mettle to cement their spot in the four, in doing so leaving the Tigers clinging on to the faintest of threads to make the finals.

Sam slams the Dogs to victory

Two weeks ago against the Broncos, Sam Kasiano went over for two tries and was man of the match in a strong performance from arguably the best impact forward in the league. Though he didn’t get a try of his own tonight, he swung the momentum pendulum to Canterbury when coming on the field and set up two tries – but he wasn’t done there. He came on for a second stint late in the game to help Canterbury maintain ascendancy and go on with the win – a fit and firing Sam Kasiano could thrust the Bulldogs deep in to September.

Bulldogs attack its own worst enemy

They outscored the Tigers by 10, and though they crossed the line three more times, they could have done so easily three more times if it weren’t for two Josh Reynolds drop balls and another from big Tony Williams. They head to the tropics to face the Cowboys next fortnight after a bye, and they aren’t the team you’d want to be dropping the ball against with daylight in front, because chances are few and far.

Young Tigers a work in progress

The game was on the line and there for the taking, but it wasn’t to be – Luke Brooks, still yet to take on the moniker of the next Andrew Johns like some said he would, has proven in a few games this year he struggles to take tight games by the scruff of the neck. Both games against Melbourne and now this one, as well as a few other tight ones, have shown the value of a cool hand in tight games – something that the Tigers currently lack.

The value of Goalkicking

Mitch Moses didn’t miss a beat with the boot, kicking five from five, an achievement when the rate of conversions for Wests has hovered around 55% – Moses Mbye on the other hand went four from six, and was only three from five until Sam Perrett’s try in the final minute. This meant the Tigers were behind by only four, even though their opponents had scored five tries to their tree – and kept the game interesting throughout.