Our weekly wrap of all the Bulldogs grades that were played over the weekend.
The Bulldogs made a great start to the game, forcing Balmain into an early error and capitalised straight away with a try to Will Saunders, taking an early lead within the first two minutes. With the Bulldogs staying composed in attack and maintaining possession for long periods, a second try to Saunders followed tries to James Valevatu & Kolin Saukuru, allowing the home side to take a healthy 20-8 lead into half-time. The second half started with an arm wrestle, but the Bulldogs found themselves stretching the lead to 24-8 with a great try to Tommy Talau. The Tigers replied with a try on the back of a Bulldogs error, but that was the last sniff of a win the visitors had, with the Bulldogs running in two great tries to Kurt Picken and Iverson Fuatimau. Strong performers on the day were Tommy Talau & Logan Dillon.
Canterbury Bulldogs 32 (Tries: William Saunders x2, James Valevatu, Kolinio Saukuru, Tommy Talau, Kurt Picken and Iverson Fuatimau; Conversions: Jackson Topine x2 ) defeated Balmain Tigers 14 at Belmore Sports Ground.
Harold Matthews Cup
In a tight first half, the Bulldogs dominated field position but could only come away with a 6-nil lead at halftime. Unfortunately, Canterbury’s first 12 minutes in the second half was disappointing, coming up with basic errors and soft penalties to hand Balmain 24 unanswered points. The Bulldogs fought to the end, but couldn’t run the Tigers down.
Balmain Tigers 24 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 12 (Tries: Compton Fuatimau and Danny Ghantous; Conversions: Farouk Barake x2) at Belmore Sports Ground.
Tarsha Gale Cup
The Bulldogs went down 56-8 to the Wests Tigers but there were plenty of positives to come out of the game. Canterbury created multiple opportunities but unfortunately couldn’t capitalise. The Bulldogs girls are looking to finish off the season strongly with better performances hopefully just around the corner.
Wests Tigers 56 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 8 (Tries: Sinead Sio and Syprus Lakisoe-Mapuna) at Belmore Sports Ground.