The Bulldogs' big win was no doubt set up by a massive effort from their forwards but you wouldn't know Test and Origin winger Morris was playing his first game of 2016 after a long-term layoff with a knee injury.
The flying 29-year-old showed no ill effects of the serious injury as his old pace looked to be there right from his first touch as he racked up 146 metres, five tackle breaks and three tries.
However you cut it, Canterbury's big men were simply awesome and their energy – particularly in the second half – and power through the middle were just more than Brisbane could handle on this occasion.
The numbers don't make for pretty reading. The Dogs made 500 metres more than Brisbane in total. Of the forwards, Canterbury's starting props each made over 200 metres and six of their forwards crossed 100 metres. For Brisbane, only two – Corey Parker and Josh McGuire – edged past the 100 mark. Canterbury's forwards broke 27 tackles compared to four by the Brisbane forwards.
The key stats are below!
STATISTICS | v BRONCOS, ANZ STADIUM | WIN 40-14
Penalties | Bulldogs 5, Broncos 4.
Completions | Bulldogs 29/36 (80.6%), Broncos 24/32 (75%).
Total runs | Bulldogs 204, Broncos 138.
Metres gained | Bulldogs 1894m, Broncos 1357m.
Line dropouts| Bulldogs 1, Broncos 2.
Line breaks | Bulldogs 6, Broncos 2.
Tackle breaks | Bulldogs 48, Broncos 19.
Kicks (kicking metres) | Bulldogs 17 (396m), Broncos 19 (557m).
Kick return metres | Bulldogs 205m, Broncos 147m.
Tackles Made | Bulldogs 284, Broncos 361.
Missed tackles | Bulldogs 19, Broncos 48.
Offloads | Bulldogs 11, Broncos 8.
Errors | Bulldogs 8, Broncos 8.
Runs | Bulldogs: Tolman 27, Hopoate 21, Graham 20. Broncos: Oates 13, Su’A 13, McGuire 12.
Metres gained | Bulldogs: Tolman 229m, Graham 202m, Jackson 158m. Broncos: Roberts 162m, Oates 154m, McGuire 119m.
Tackles made | Bulldogs: Tolman 41, Lichaa 40, Graham 33. Broncos: Waddell 57, McGuire 42, Gillett 37.
Missed tackles | Bulldogs: Lichaa 3, Holland 3, Perrett 2. Broncos: Gillett 7, Waddell 5, Ese’ese 5.
Tackle breaks | Bulldogs: Hopoate 6, Williams 6, Morris 5. Broncos: Oates 4, Hunt 3, McGuire 3.
Offloads | Bulldogs: Reynolds 3, Kasiano 2, Rona 2. Broncos: Blair 2, Pangai Junior 2, Roberts 1.
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