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Dogs unleash their bite - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 07 Apr 2007 01:00:00 GMT
Like the pre-game drummers, the red and green foot soldiers arrived at Telstra Stadium on Friday night with one goal in mind. To continue playing to the beat that they knew best.

However the football gods decided it was time to change the tune and turn the record over with the aid of an unstoppable Bulldogs squad running away with a 34-10 win.

From the early outset of the contest, the home side didn’t look any different from the squad which had won their first three games of the season.

They threatened the Dogs early and picked up the first try of the game for the fourth week in row to lead 6-0 after 13 minutes. But that’s where the similarities ended.

Trent Cutler then responded with the first of two tries after the Rabbitohs failed to clean up from a Ben Roberts a kick. A Hazem El Masri conversion and a penalty goal quickly gave the visitors an 8-6 lead.

After the video referee denied Dogs captain Andrew Ryan a try, Cutler ran in again in the 33rd minute, taking two defenders with him as he scored in the left corner.

Down 14-6 at the break, the Rabbitohs commenced the second half strongly when Nathan Merritt was only narrowly pushed into touch in a great try saving effort from Dogs winger Trent Cutler.

The second half eventually turned into the equivalent of a horror movie as the Belmore brigade scored three more tries care of former Rabbitoh Kane Cleal, Daryl Millard and Hazem El Masri.

A final penalty goal to Hazem El Masri with 6 minutes left on the clock ended an impressive start to the season for the Bunnies while giving Canterbury some confidence that their season is back on track.

In the final minute of play, Rabbitoh’s winger Nathan Merritt continued to push for representative honors after he dived over to score to add to his record for last minute tries.

While the defeat tasted mostly liked humble pie, according to South Sydney coach Jason Taylor the Rabbitoh’s first waltz with disappointment wasn’t a complete loss for his side.

“You can talk about stuff that you didn’t do so well after you win and it’s like “oh we can improve that but we did win fairly comfortably” which we did in the three games”, Taylor said.

“But when you lose, the lessons really sink in.”

Captain Peter Cusack said: "No one stopped trying. We just made too many silly errors."

For Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes, the record of the Bunnies going into the game did help bring the best out in his side.

“We appreciate a challenge, so in that respect it was good.

Making matters worse for most of the 34, 315 that turned up on a drizzly night, the Dogs chewed the Bunnies 36-0 in Jersey Flegg.

On the injury front, South Sydney will wait 24-hours for an update on the condition of winger Paul Mellor who suffered more bruising to his back.
Bulldogs 34 (Trent Cutler 2, Kane Cleal, Daryl Millard, Hazem El Masri tries; Hazem El Masri 7 goals) rabbitohs 10 (David Peachey, Nathan Merritt tries; Joe Williams goal) - Read More, Here