The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Canterbury Cup team have responded to last week’s defeat with a hard-fought 12-8 victory over the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Bulldogs trailed by eight for most of the match, before two tries in the 69th and 75th minutes of the match gave the Dogs the win and their 10th victory of the season.
The Knights were first to score when Newcastle halfback Bayden Searle found space and linked up with Mitch Andrews to score under the posts. Searle converted the try and the home side took a six-point lead.
The Bulldogs had their chances as did the Knights, but neither troubled the scoreboard before Searle nailed a penalty shot right on half time to give Newcastle an eight-point lead at the break.
The second half was an arm wrestle, but the Bulldogs made a late comeback when five-eighth Jesse Marschke produced some brilliant footwork to score the side’s first try. Fa'amanu Brown added two points to close the margain to two.
Another try six minutes later from Brown who converted his own try to create a four-point lead with just two minutes on the clock.
The Knights threw everything at the Bulldogs in the final stages of the match, but Canterbury held on for a 12-8 victory.
Match: Knights v Bulldogs
Round 17 -
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle