The Bulldogs reminded the rest of the competition of their fearsome potential in a comfortable 36-4 win over a Tigers team that lost Robbie Farah midway through the first half with a neck injury.
Bulldogs skipper James Graham celebrated his 100th NRL game with a typically busy performance running for 176 metres and making 37 tackles while David Klemmer ran for a whopping 215 metres.
Sam Perrett slotted in admirably into the fullback position just one day after his 31st birthday, scoring a try and running for 170 metres from 20 carries in a performance that would have made Hopoate proud.
The key stats are below!
STATISTICS | v WESTS TIGERS, ANZ STADIUM | WON 36-4
Penalties | Bulldogs 7, Tigers 5.
Completions | Bulldogs 31/42 (73.8%), Tigers 25/35 (71.4%)
Total runs | Bulldogs 204, Tigers 133.
Metres gained | Bulldogs 1927m, Tigers 1205m.
Line dropouts| Bulldogs 0, Tigers 2.
Line breaks | Bulldogs 9, Tigers 1.
Tackle breaks | Bulldogs 32, Tigers 10.
Kicks (kicking metres) | Bulldogs 17 (508m), Tigers 23 (581m).
Kick return metres | Bulldogs 277m, Tigers 131m.
Tackles Made | Bulldogs 294, Tigers 359.
Missed tackles | Bulldogs 10, Tigers 32
Offloads | Bulldogs 13, Tigers 1.
Errors | Bulldogs 10, Tigers 9.
Runs | Bulldogs: Klemmer 22, Graham 21, Perrett 20. Tigers: Woods 16, Hunt 15, Seamanufagai 15.
Metres gained | Bulldogs: Klemmer 215m, Graham 176m, Perrett 170m. Tigers: Seumanufagai 145m, Woods 143m, Hunt 134m.
Tackles made | Bulldogs: Graham 37, Lichaa 37, Jackson 34. Tigers: Taylor 50, Grant 43, Woods 35.
Missed tackles | Bulldogs: Eastwood 3, Mbye 2, Morris 2. Tigers: Moses 4, Taylor 4, Hunt 4.
Tackle breaks | Bulldogs: Rona 5, Phillips 5, Perrett 4. Tigers: Nofoaluma 3, Naiqama 2, Hunt 1.
Offloads | Bulldogs: Morris 4, Eastwood 2, Faitala-Mariner 2. Tigers: Hunt 1.
Bulldogs Members & Fans, get excited! On Sunday, May 22 we return to ANZ Stadium to take on the Sydney Roosters in a Sunday afternoon showdown.
Off the field, the Bulldogs are holding the inaugural TAILGATE PARTY from 12:30pm, thanks to Nathans Hotdogs, complete with boot parties, cheerleaders, a marching band, Bulldogs alumni and a live broadcast from the team over at Triple M.
Want to be a part of the action? Secure your parking lot now and be in the middle of the action before we head inside for kick-off.