The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs let slip a 14-point advantage in the second half to record their second consecutive draw, finishing level at 26-all with the Newtown Jets at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs ran out to a 26-12 lead with 20 minutes remaining with two unanswered tries, but Newtown continued to fight hard with a try in the final five minutes earning themselves a share of the points.
Lachlan Lewis put in starring performance for the Bulldogs with two tries to his name, while Manaia Cherington provided significant impact off the bench for Newtown with a hand in two tries and scoring one of his own in a strong performance.
It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to draw first blood after Newtown were unable to defuse a scorching bomb off the opening set, and five-eighth Lachlan Lewis took full advantage of their chance as he barged his way over the line just three tackles later.
Newtown Jets 26 (J McDonogh, M Cherrington, L Higgins, K Niko, S Houma tries; M Evans 3 goals) drew with Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 26 (L Lewis 2, R Griffin, R Smith, T Phillips tries; C Stanley 3 goals)