The Bulldogs have escaped with a 13-10 win in a game filled with twists and turns right till the final siren, but they had to overcome a resolute Dragons side with a point to prove before they could.
Big Sam brings home the bacon
The Dragons were, for the most part, better than the Bulldogs. It’s fair to say the Big Red V were potent for all of 50 minutes, but it was Sam Kasiano’s first stint that took the Bulldogs home. They rely on their impact forwards to bring attacking spark and Kasiano duly obliged, taking on the Dragons defense with a strong 10 hit ups for 112m, as well as a try. The man they call Dogzilla is unbeaten against the Dragons, and it’s not hard to see why with his performance in the first half and early in the second.
Dragons’ License to Thrill
Gus Gould had suggested Paul McGregor could give a free play permit to his charges in the second half, throwing it around with nothing to lose – and that’s what they did, by showcasing an array of long passes and behind-the-line kicks (and that’s not to mention any other Benji brilliants) in trying to take the game back. Aiding them was a lopsided penalty count and poor Bulldog ball control, which kept them in the game for the majority of the second stanza – a problem the Bulldogs must address.
Bulldogs in the Four… for now
Depending on how the Raiders go on Sunday, Canterbury either stay in the four or drop to fifth – but now they have created a four point gap between themselves and the sixth placed Broncos. The Dragons now have to rely on the Knights to trump Manly, else they should find themselves in 12th – while that still could be one win from the eight by the close of the round, they have to contend with an abysmal for an against that’s sure to conspire against them.
Phil Gould called on the conventional wisdom of Seinfeld’s Lloyd Braun and Frank Costanza, huffing out the show’s iconic line when quizzed about the Herman Ese’ese no try from Thursday’s game amongst some of the other controversial decisions (most notably a regular pass from Canterbury that was somehow ruled forward). I wonder how these pretzels were making him feel?