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Round 21, 2003 v Rabbitohs: Thurston replaces Sherwin

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs belted the South Sydney Rabbitohs 62-12 in their round 21 match from 2003 at the Sydney Football Stadium.

In team news, Brent Sherwin missed the clash due to a hamstring injury and his place in the side was taken by Johnathan Thurston, while Tony Grimaldi came into the side on the bench for the suspended Corey Hughes.

Souths scored the first try of the match after five minutes through lock Ashley Harrison, but from there it was all downhill for the home side.

Canterbury led 20-12 at half-time, but the Rabbitohs folded in the second half allowing the Dogs to score almost at will in the closing stages.

The star of the show was Dogs winger Hazem El Masri who kicked 11 goals from as many attempts and scored a try for a total of 26 points.

It would have been easy for the Dogs, with a 50-point lead, to drop their intensity but they repelled a series of close range attacks to hold the home side out.

The Bulldogs scored 10 tries in all with winger Matt Utai bagging a hat-trick and Willie Mason crossing twice, both short-range efforts off dummy-half passes.

Mark O'Meley, Ben Harris, Nigel Vagana and Braith Anasta were the other try scorers for the Dogs, while Shane Rigon scored in the 47th minute for Souths.


1. Luke Patten - Sponsored by Miramax

2. Hazem El Masri - Sponsored by Canterbury League Club

3. Nigel Vagana - Sponsored by Daily Press

4. Ben Harris - Sponsored by Sydney Freezers

5. Matt Utai - Sponsored by Remondis

6. Braith Anasta - Sponsored by Reliable Food Distributors

19. Johnathan Thurston - Sponsored by Greenacre Dental

8. Mark O'Meley - Sponsored by Hy-Tec

9. Adam Perry - Sponsored by Workforce

10. Steve Price (C) - Sponsored by TLH Group

11. Andrew Ryan - Sponsored by Guardian Venue Management

12. Steve Reardon - Sponsored by Dental on Evaline

13. Travis Norton - Sponsored by Your Property People

14. Dennis Scott - Sponsored by M&J Chickens

15. Willie Mason - Sponsored by Ultimate Security

17. Jamie Feeney - Sponsored by Hitachi Cooling & Heating

18. Tony Grimaldi - Sponsored by CPE

Round 21 Moment of the Match 2003

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.