NYC MATCH REPORT: Bulldogs 43 - Sea-Eagles 36
Friday 5 April 2013 7:20 PM
The young Bulldogs have this afternoon come back from being behind early 12-nil to record a 43-30 victory over the Sea-Eagles at ANZ Stadium.
There were a number of changes before kick-off for the NYC side with Nathan Champney coming in to replace Costner Lemafa, Doug Hewitt out being replaced Jaelen Feeney and Josh Vaartjes getting a start on the bench.
The first half was played out from end to end but it was the Sea-Eagles who got the jump on the young pups. Two tries in the opening 15 minutes put them out to an early 10-nil lead with one of the tries being converted. The tries coming through both centres Clinton Gutherson and Siua Lapuaho.
It was the Bulldogs who answered back through talented fullback Patrick Templeman who received the ball on the inside off the back of a Ryan Wilson break down the left hand touchline. He went in under the posts and converted his own try to close the gap to 10-6 after 21 minutes.
Prior to the break the Sea-Eagles went in for a further two tries and the Bulldogs one with the visitors going to the sheds for half-time lading 20-12.
The second half saw one of the best periods of rugby league from an NYC side.
Through the first 25 minutes the Bulldogs went in for four tries and shot to a 36-20 lead, leaving the young Sea-Eagles unaware of how to answer back.
Somehow though the visitors managed to find another gear and scored two tries to reduce the lead to six points, 36-30 with just nine minutes remaining which had the young pups worried in the closing stages.
A field goal from Templeman eased the worry and with five minutes left to play the lead had been taken out beyond the converted try margin, 37-30.
As the crowd were counting down to the final siren there was a break made down the eastern touchline and Shaun Lane then received the ball to go round to score and be surrounded by his team mates to celebrate the victory.
Templeman converted after the siren for the Bulldogs to record their fourth victory from five starts, 43-30.
BULLDOGS 43 (Templeman, Rintoul, Liolevave 2, Perrett, Ralphs, Lane Tries; Templeman 8 Goals; Templeman 1 Field Goal)
At: ANZ Stadium