Even without State of Origin representatives Josh Jackson and David Klemmer, the Canterbury forwards still had plenty of grunt about them.
Prop Aiden Tolman ran for 200 metres, made 42 tackles and scored a try in an 80-minute performance, while fellow front-rower James Graham made 185 metres and 42 tackles in a 76-minute effort.
With Sam Kasiano forced off at half-time with a hamstring injury, back-rower Greg Eastwood was forced to play the entire game for the first time this season.
Having polled five Dally M votes in the past fortnight, there is every chance the Kiwis forward will add to that tally after running for 205 metres, breaking five tackles and coming up with five offloads.
The key stats are below!
STATISTICS | v RAIDERS, GIO STADIUM | LOSS 32-20
Penalties | Bulldogs 6, Raiders 5.
Completions | Bulldogs 27/34 (79.4%), Raiders 32/38 (82.4%)
Total runs | Bulldogs 177, Raiders 156.
Metres gained | Bulldogs 1499m, Raiders 1719m.
Line dropouts| Bulldogs 1, Raiders 1.
Line breaks | Bulldogs 5, Raiders 7.
Tackle breaks | Bulldogs 16, Raiders 36.
Kicks (kicking metres) | Bulldogs 20 (564m), Raiders 17 (397m).
Kick return metres | Bulldogs 157m, Raiders 227m.
Tackles Made | Bulldogs 307, Raiders 324.
Missed tackles | Bulldogs 36, Raiders 16.
Offloads | Bulldogs 15, Raiders 9.
Errors | Bulldogs 7, Raiders 9.
Runs | Bulldogs: Tolman 26, Graham 25, Eastwood 22. Raiders: Wighton 16, Rapana 15, Lee 13.
Metres gained | Bulldogs: Eastwood 205m, Tolman 200m, Graham 185m. Raiders: Croker 210m, Lee 179m, Wighton 141m.
Tackles made | Bulldogs: Graham 42, Tolman 42, Browne 41. Raiders: Whitehead 39, Hodgson 37, Soliola 31.
Missed tackles | Bulldogs: Eastwood 5, Mbye 5, Holland 4. Raiders: Whitehead 3, Austin 2, Sezer 2.
Tackle breaks | Bulldogs: Eastwood 5, Holland 3, Smith 2. Raiders: Leilua 6, Tapine 5, Wighton 5.
Offloads | Bulldogs: Eastwood 5, Faitala-Mariner 3, Tolman 2. Raiders: Leilua 5, Sezer 2, Austin 1.