Bulldogs Run Over Broncos

The Bulldogs have tonight put in a dominant display to defeat the Broncos 24-14 in front of 11,344 fans at ANZ Stadium.


It was four tries to three with Trent Hodkinson also converting four from four.


Coach Des Hasler was impressed with the turn-around from last week.


"It shows that when you hold the ball and maintain possession, things will happen," Hasler said. "We needed to lift after last week and we did.


"We wanted to fix it and we did. It's something that the players talked about as a group and they did that well tonight."


There was just the one change to the side with Tony Williams being ruled out due to an ankle injury. Josh Jackson came into the starting side and Tim Browne got the call up to take his place on the interchange bench.


10th min: A shift to the right set up the play with Tim Lafai being brought down just down four metres from the line. On the next play it was moved back to the left and it was Ben Barba who was met with by the defence but the diminutive fullback chose to put in the grubber which Broncos centre Justin Hodges getting a hand to the ball but unable to take it. It was Barba who picked up the scraps and the Queenslander stepped off his left foot and managed to beat Matt Gillett and Corey Norman to score. Trent Hodkinson continued his good form with the boot converting to give the Bulldogs an early 6-nil lead.


23rd min: The Broncos had a try disallowed through Josh Hoffman in the 23rd minute. It was a Corey Norman grubber put through into the south-eastern corner and it was Hoffman who won the race to the ball but Barba was able to shove Hoffman off his line and he planted his left foot on the chalk before planting the ball down attempting to score. Bulldogs ball.


32nd min: The Broncos opened their account in the 32nd minute with Hoffman able to get the ball down fairly this time around. It was the Broncos who received a repeat set after a Hodges grubber. On the next set it was a set move with the ball going through the hands of Peter Wallace, Norman then on to Norman who went over the line but had a fight on his hands to get the ball down after Barba held him up for a short period. Corey Parker couldn't convert with the Bulldogs holding on to a slim 6-4 lead.


HT: The Bulldogs went to the break leading 6-4 and would be disappointed that they weren't able to have more of a lead. With the Bulldogs running for 798m compared to the Broncos 609m and having the better of the field possession as well.


46th min: The lead was extended in the 46th minute through big front rower Sam Kasiano. An error by the Broncos on half-way gave the Bulldogs a good attacking opportunity. They worked the ball to the right and it was again Lafai who was brought down just short of the line. On the next play, with the Broncos reeling in defence, Kasiano took the ball one off the ruck and just had too much size and strength and ran over Andrew McCullagh to score. Hodkinson again converted to extend the lead out to 12-4.


57th min: It was Aiden Tolman who registered his first four-pointer of the season after another Broncos error gifted the home side quality field position. It was on the 30m line the Bulldogs got the ball and Broncos replacement Jake Granville was then penalised for pulling on the leg of Hodkinson. From the next set is was a well constructed set and on the third tackle Ennis gave the ball to Tolman who swivelled at the line and got the ball down to score. Hodkinson converted with the score and lead now out to 18-4.


67th min: The Broncos fought hard to get back into the match through a try to Jordan Kahu. After the visitors earned a repeat set they then worked the ball to the last and with a two shift to Norman, the fullback then put in a deft kick that was beautifully taken by Kahu who came down with the ball to score two metres in from the western touchline. Parker couldn't convert with the score left at 18-8.


69th min: Back rower Frank Pritchard was placed on report for a high shot on Broncos halfback Peter Wallace.


76th min: The victory was secured in the 76th minute when Pritchard crossed for the Bulldogs fourth try of the night. It was after a Hodges error on his own 40m line that gifted the Bulldogs the ball. Then on the last Hodkinson put in a grubber and Ben Hunt was the man to pick it up and Pritchard managed to knock the ball free, pick it up and dive over to score. Hodkinson converted to put the lead out to 24-8.


80th min: Just prior to full-time the Broncos got a consolation try through winger Lachlan Maranta with Corey Parker converting to bring a little bit more respect to the scoreline, 24-14.


BULLDOGS 24 (Barba, Kasiano, Tolman, Pritchard Tries; Hodkinson 4 Goals)


Lead


BRONCOS 14 (Hoffman, Kahu, Maranta Tries; Parker 1 Goal)


At: ANZ Stadium


Crowd: 11,344