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Remarkable comeback falls short against Dragons in Jersey Flegg

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have fallen short of a miraculous comeback against the St George Illawarra Dragons 28-22 at Belmore Sports Ground in Round 9 of the 2021 NSW Jersey Flegg Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

After trailing 28-nil at halftime, the Pups ran onto the pitch with a purpose to start the second half. James Valevatu latched onto a Bailey Hayward kick to the corner to grab his side's first in the 47th minute.

Ryan Gray followed up with a 4-pointer of his own when he buried his way under the posts with the Bulldog's trailing 28-12 after 55 minutes.

Jersey Flegg Highlights: Round 9 v Dragons

The Pack were full of running when Hayward took the ball to the line 10m out from the opposition try-line to give winger Eli Clark space to beat his man on the outside.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Kaylib Savage
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Treigh Stewart
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Eli Clark
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Alexander Lobb
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Zachary Rumble
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Brandon Morkos
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Larson Doyle
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Hayden Budd
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 22 Turoa Williams
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Benjamin Johnson
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 20 Joseph O'Neill
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Zach Herring
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Bailey Hayward
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Dantoray Lui

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Josh Kalati
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 Ben Arandt
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Ryan Gray
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Connor Muhleisen
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 14 Justin Filo
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Matthew Nicholson
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Chris Patolo
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Blake Dowel
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Mateo Tatola
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Harris Georgopoulous
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Chase Chapman
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Dallas Collins

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Cooper Talau
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Blake Barbuto
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Lipoi Hopoi
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Kaylen Miller
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 James Valevatu
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Simeone Taateo
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 19 Bayley Cox
    Interchange for Dragons is number 18 Bryce Magnone

Reserves

  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 23 Diego Bravo-Graham
    Reserve for Dragons is number 19 Billy Hayburn

Match Officials

  • Referee: Luke Saldern
  • Touch Judge: Liam Nicholls
  • Touch Judge: Ben McMurray

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Valevatu secured a double for the afternoon after the blue and white swung it cross field from one end to the other. Valevatu evading several Dragon's defenders to get his side within touching distance trailing 28-22 with 5 minutes left on the clock.

In the end, the Bulldog's fell short of stealing an unlikely draw at the death to go down 28-22 in their Round 9 fixture against the Dragons at Belmore Sports Ground.

St George Illawarra Dragons 28 (Tries: Brandon Morkos [2], Dantoray Lui [2], Treigh Stewart; Goals: Connor Muhleisen [2], Alexander Lobb [2]) def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22 (Tries: James Valevatu [2], Ryan Gray, Eli Clark; Goals: Eli Clark [3])