The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have registered a convincing victory in Round 22 of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, defeating the Newtown Jets 54-26 as they surge towards a top four finish.
Francis Tualau and Rhyse Martin were constantly threatening for the home side, with Martin continuing his try-scoring form to cross twice and Tualau breaking the Jets' defence apart on more than one occasion. Josh Cleeland was superb yet again in his prolonged push for an NRL debut, while Reimis Smith and Richie Kennar looked dangerous on their respective edges. Newtown, meanwhile, were a rejuvenated side soon after halfback Luke Towers came onto the field early in the second half.
It was a new-look Bulldogs spine taking the field at Belmore, with the side bolstered by the inclusion of Michael Lichaa. The hooker played his first game of Intrust Super Premiership NSW of 2017 - forcing Craig Garvey to the bench and young gun Zac Woolford out of the side - but only played the first half before swapping with Garvey. Kerrod Holland returned to the centres in place of the NRL-elevated Brenko Lee, while Tom Carr lined up at fullback after a fantastic outing in Round 21. The Jets welcomed back the experienced Joseph Paulo at five-eighth.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 54 (R Martin 2, J Cleeland 2, R Kennar, R Smith, T Carr, A Fine, A Saunders tries; K Holland 6, R Martin 3 goals) Newtown Jets 26 (E Lee 2, K Dillon, R Rennie, J Schirnack tries; J Paulo 3 goals)