Centre Tim Lafai scored his first ever NRL hat-trick in round 9 against the Dragons in a stellar performance.
In the 24th minute an offload from Sam Kasiano only metres from the Dragon’s line put the home side on the back foot and the ball found its way out to Jackson who wrapped around with Lafai to send the centre over for the Bulldog’s third try of the match.
Dragons forced a repeat set in the 29th minute, and were then awarded a penalty late in the tackle count but great goal line defence forced an error. The Bulldogs charged up the field in the next set of six and a Jackson grubber fell kindly for Lafai who toed the ball through to collect his second try of the afternoon.
It only took Bulldogs four minutes into the second half to cross the stripe again with a slick backline movement giving Lafai enough room to dance his way through the Dragon’s defence and post his hat-trick.