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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs may have been eliminated from the NRL Auckland Nines but they leave off the back of a great performance against the Roosters, winning 16-4. It was back rower Pat O’Hanlon who starred for the Bulldogs with the new recruit crossing for two tries and playing his part in another. It took only three minutes for the boys from Belmore to open their account with Josh Jackson crossing. It was the final tackle but some free hands and enterprising play of over 10 passes saw Jackson crash over. Jaline Graham took the attempt at conversion but was unsuccessful to leave the score at 4-nil. A string of penalties against the Roosters gave the Bulldogs some great field position. The blue and whites had four sets at the Roosters and it was a smart cut-out ball from Moses Mbye to Mitch Brown that opened up some space. From there, Brown drew in the defenders and got the ball away to O’Hanlon who went over to score. Brown couldn’t convert with the score now 8-nil after as many minutes. That was how the score line stayed when the half-time siren sounded. The second half started just as the first did, with the Bulldogs crossing in their opening set of the stanza. It was Graham who went across but it was the new recruit, O’Hanlon who got his arm free to get the ball away to the halfback who ran the remaining 30m untouched to score. Again he was unable to convert his own try with the scoreboard now reading 12-nil. The Roosters were struggling to keep possession of the ball and were basically gifting the Bulldogs points. The fourth try was scored by O’Hanlon after he ran a smart angle and received the ball as he headed into a wide gap. Graham again missed the conversion attempt with the score left at 16-nil after 16 minutes. With only seconds remaining before the full-time siren sounded the Roosters were able to cross for their one and only try of the match. The conversion was unsuccessful with the Bulldogs finishing with a 16-4 victory. BULLDOGS 16 (O’Hanlon 2, Jackson, Graham Tries) def. ROOSTERS 4 Photo:

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.