Two Hat-tricks for Lafai
Centre Tim Lafai has scored 14 tries for the club this year, with six of his tries coming from two games.
Round 9 v St George:
1st try - 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.
2nd try - 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.
3rd try - 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.
Week 1 Finals v Storm:
1st try - In the 17th minute, former Bulldog Ben Roberts forced the pass, it went straight into the hands of Lafai who excepted the ball and ran 50m untouched to score next to the right hand upright.
2nd try - A Will Chambers error on half-way in the 37th minute gave the Bulldogs another good attaching opportunity and the boys from Belmore didn’t disappoint. This time it was big David Klemmer who carried the ball forward strongly and after fending off one man he flicked the ball over the top, into the hands of Lafai who as the defence came across, he stepped inside and cruised over to score.
3rd try - With players dropping like flies and tiring in defence, Greg Eastwood took an intercept with five minutes on the clock. The Kiwi international ran 35m before finding Lafai on his right and the Samoan born centre ran the remaining 40m untouched to register his hat-trick of tries for the afternoon.