'Brain-Dead' Dogs beaten - Australian Rugby league News
Backglobalrugbyleague - Sat, 28 Apr 2007 00:27:00 GMT
The Wests Tigers put the Bulldogs back on the leash on Friday night after scoring a surprise 34-18 win at Telstra Stadium.
Tipped by none of the experts in Rugby League Week or the Daily Telegraph to win their round 7 clash, the visitors roared their way to victory 6 tries to three.
Centre Dean Collis – while not named as man of the match – was a force the Dogs could not contain all night, scoring two tries in the opening half while setting up another.
Down 16-6 at half-time, the Dogs threatened a comeback when rejuvenated halfback Brent Sherwin put Sonny Bill Williams over.
However the class of Collis remained a constant thorn for the home side all night, eventually sealing the game when the Collis ran past Holdsworth to engineer a Daniel Fitzhenry four-pointer.
An all too-late try to Dogs winger Hazem El Masri was counteracted shortly after when Tigers second-rower Chris Heighington grounded a Brett Hodgson grubber.
Off the back of the bye and their extra-time win over Cronulla, the Tigers could find themselves in the top eight or near enough when they play Melbourne next weekend.
Canterbury fans didn’t walk away entirely unhappy from Olympic Park after the Dogs proved too strong for Balmain-Ryde 30-22 in Premier League.
Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes said his side played ‘brain-dead.’
Wests Tigers 34 (Dean Collis(2), John Morris, Benji Marshall, Daniel Fitzhenry, Chris Heighington tries; B Marshall 5/6 goals) Bulldogs 18 (Willie Mason, Sonny Bill Williams and H El Masri tries; Hazem El Masri 3/3 goals) at Telstra Stadium. Penalties: 5-all. Linebreaks: Tigers 6-5. GRL Game Grade; 6 balls out of ten.
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