It was an entertaining match when the Bulldogs hosted the Newcastle Knights for the Sunday afternoon NRL fixture at Belmore Sports Ground, when the home side won only by two points.
Closer Than First Thought
The game was closer than anyone would have guessed, with the Bulldogs winning only by two points as a result of a poor play from the Knights in they dying minutes of the match. The home team was dominant in the beginning of the match, before their visitors came back to bite, and were leading by a ten point margin. However, they let their lead slip away from them, and gave the Bulldogs enough chances to come back and steal the win in front of a home crowd at Belmore. Both sides put in a strong effort: Knights are undoubtedly improving as the season progresses, and the Bulldogs did well without their Origin stars who are currently in camp.
Brilliance at Belmore
The final minutes from the Bulldogs were brilliant as they displayed desperation on another level, hoping to find a way to win as a send off for Josh Reynolds who is leaving the club at the end of the 2017 season. They were dominant in the first half, going into the break with a lead; a lead which they let go of, and were struggling to get back during the second half that was dominated by the Newcastle Knights, who have been struggling in recent times. With a bit of brilliance, and bit of luck, the Bulldogs were able to pull of a miracle, scoring two tries in the final five minutes of the match. It was a gutsy effort from the side, and they were able to walk away with the two competition points, giving them the boost they need to continue throughout the remainder of the season.
At Least The Knights Are Improving
While it was still a step in the right direction for the club in their attempt to rebuild and get back to their wining ways, the Knights just let it slip away from them once again, making silly mistakes that gave their opposition the chances to score; chances they took. The Knights have been coming close recently, however struggle to finish the game in a way that will allow them to keep their lead, or allow them to gain a lead. They completed really well, making less errors than the Bulldogs, though they fell a little behind in other aspects of the match. While it would have been a great win for the club, it is becoming evident that they are slowly improving as a football club, and will be winners in the near future.
The Perfect Send Off
Josh Reynolds has signed with the Wests Tigers on a four year deal earlier this year, and will leave the Bulldogs at the end of the 2017 season. On Sunday afternoon, it was his final match at Belmore as a Bulldogs player. It was a special occasion for him, for the club, and for the fans, and luckily, with the help of his teammates, in particular Moses Mbye and Kerrod Holland, he was able to leave the ground as a winner in what was one incredibly high quality and entertaining football match. In front of 13,000 fans, Reynolds was able to say goodbye to beloved Belmore Sports Ground as part of a winning team. The club hasn’t had the best season in 2017, however this would have been one game of utmost importance. Reynolds will play the rest of the season with the Bulldogs, and will only return to Belmore in opposition colours in the years to come.
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 20
Tries: Kerrod Holland, Marcelo Montoya, Moses Mbye
Goals: Kerrod Holland 4
Newcastle Knights 18
Tries: Peter Mata’utia 2, Chanel Mata’utia
Goals: Trent Hodkinson 3