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Dogs defence stands tall in victory over Tigers

The Bulldogs win was highlighted by their commitment in defence and a double to centre Kerrod Holland.

The Tigers took advantage of an early Brett Morris error and forced a repeat set, but the Bulldogs defence stood tall and Canterbury were able to turn defence into attack thanks to a clean break from winger Reimis Smith.

The winger split the Tigers defence thanks to a lovely pass from Will Hopoate, but the Dogs were unable to make the most of their opportunity inside the opposition half thanks to some great scramble defence from the visitors.

The Tigers once again had great field position and came up with another goal line dropout, but the following set saw the visitors come up with a poor end to their set of six after a Robbie Farah grubber was too long and resulted in a Bulldogs seven tackle set.

Winger Brett Morris took advantage of a quick tap and put the Bulldogs in great field position.

The home side threw the ball around and in the 15th minute, centre Kerrod Holland crashed over for the opening four pointer of the game thanks to a beautiful pass from Michael Lichaa. Rhyse Martin converted and the Dogs led 6 nil.

The middle part of the first half saw the Bulldogs defence stand tall and frustrate the Tigers attack thanks to some great pressure from Canterbury's edges and kick pressure applied to Luke Brooks and Benji Marshall.

The final ten minutes of the first half saw the Bulldogs continue to frustrate the Tigers attack with their defence and although the Dogs couldn't turn their opportunities into points, Canterbury went into the break, up 6 nil.

The opening minutes of the second half saw the Bulldogs get back to back sets on the Tigers line before Rhyse Martin slotted a penalty goal to give the Bulldogs an 8-nil lead.

Canterbury extended their lead in the 55th minute after a brilliant backline play that saw Josh Jackson throw a lovely inside ball to fullback Will Hopoate who was able to offload to Kerrod Holland and put the centre away for his second of the night. Martin converted the try and the Dogs were out to a 14-point lead.

The Tigers finally got on the board through Esan Marsters down the right edge 15 minutes remaining, and looked to threaten late until a strong defensive play from Lachlan Lewis killed off any chance of a comeback.

Bulldogs back-rower Rhyse Martin slotted a sideline penalty goal late in the game to give the Bulldogs a 16-4 victory.

Bulldogs 16 (Holland 2 tries: Martin 4 goals) defeated Wests Tigers 4 (Marsters try)

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.