The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have relocated to the Gold Coast for the next month due to the COVID-19 situation in Sydney and are likely to play all home games at Cbus Super Stadium.
With eight games of the regular season remaining and four of these being listed as home games, we take a look at the club’s history of playing at the venue home to the Gold Coast Titans.
Cbus Super Stadium was opened in 2008 and was known as Skilled Park with a seating capacity of 27,400.
Since opening, the Bulldogs have played seven matches at the venue, claiming three victories in 2012, 2017 and 2019.
The first encounter was in round 10 of the 2008 season with the Bulldogs going down narrowly 24-20 to the Titans.The Dogs trailed 16-0 early on before going into the sheds back in the contest down 16-10. The second half was a tough battle as the two sides fought it out, but it was the Titans who held off a fast-finishing Bulldogs pack. Both sides scored four tries, with the Titans forced to withstand a spirited showing from the Bulldogs, who came close to equalising in the 79th minute when Michael Sullivan was denied a four-pointer because of what was ruled to be a forward pass.
The clubs’ first win came in round five of 2012 when the Dogs outlasted the Titans 30-20 to claim their fourth win from their opening five games of the season. The Bulldogs started slowly and trailed 10-nil and 14-6 at stages throughout the first half, however when they clicked they showed glimpses of individual brilliance interspersed by team play that had many of those in the 14,000 strong crowd on their feet. Ben Barba scored one try and set up a length of the field screamer for Josh Morris,however, it was his defence that drew most acclaim with the fullback holding up Nate Myles and Luke Bailey over the tryline. It was the Bailey tackle late in the piece that earned the most praise, with the former representative prop steaming onto a Luke O'Dwyer grubber kick before somehow being held up by the much smaller Barba. The resulting no try ruling took the wind out of the Titans sails and allowed the Bulldogs to close out a gritty win.
The most recent fixtures on the Coast have seen Canterbury grab two victories, a 26-14 win in 2017 and a 22-16 victory in 2019.
The match in 2019 was highlighted by a Kieran Foran masterclass, that led to the Bulldogs fighting back from a 16-0 deficit to win 22-16. Jayden Okunbor scored a double, as well as running for 182 metres, while Marcelo Montoya and Jack Cogger each grabbed four-pointers.
Match Highlights: Titans v Bulldogs
The Bulldogs this weekend play the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday, July 18, kicking off at 6.15pm.
Match: Rabbitohs v Bulldogs
Round 18 -
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast