Bulldogs register third straight victory

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have defeated the North Sydney Bears 38-10 in the Jersey Flegg match at North Sydney Oval.

The win over the Bears is the sides third straight victory of the season and has the Bulldogs sitting in the top four on the ladder.

The victory came off the back of an impressive opening half thanks to a double from centre Isaiah Tass and five tries, as well as four conversions from Jake Averillo to give the Bulldogs a 28-6 lead at half-time.

Canterbury opened the scoring through Tass in the fourth minute after he ran a nice line to force and split the Bears defence to score next to the post. Averillo converted to give the visitors an early 6-0 lead.

The Bears hit back two minutes later through backrow Will Lawson and the game was level at 6 all.

Tass had his second four minutes later when he sliced through the Bears try line defence untouched to score under the post. Averillo had his second conversion and the Dogs led by six.

From then on it was all Canterbury and the Bulldogs scored three more tries through wingers Blake Clayton and Josh Wilkinson, as well as a try to interchange forward Justin Filo to send the visitors into half-time leading 28-6.

The second half started the way the first finished with Canterbury applying more points to the scoreboard thanks to another try from Wilkinson and fullback Declan Casey crashing over. Averillo converted the Casey try and the Bulldogs had a handy 38-6 lead.

The Bears grabbed a consolation try late in the game, but Canterbury held on for a 38-10 win and their third straight victory to start 2019.