Bulldogs surge to win over Broncos
Canterbury survived a scare against Brisbane before prevailing 22-14 at Sydney's Olympic stadium on Sunday afternoon, extending their winning streak to 11 games.by NRL
Canterbury survived a scare against Brisbane before prevailing 22-14 at Sydney's Olympic stadium on Sunday afternoon, extending their winning streak to 11 games.
Showing cracks for the first time since their round-10 loss to Gold Coast back in May, the Ben Barba-inspired Bulldogs overcame a terrible start at to strengthen their grip on the minor premiership.
Second-half tries to Barba and prop Martin Taupau in a six-minute period propelled the Bulldogs into the lead after they had trailed 14-0 in the 14th minute - and physical defence topped it off.
Barba sealed the win five minutes from time when he waltzed past Peter Wallace for his second try of the day, continuing his staggering run of form, extending the Bulldogs' win streak and delighting the crowd of 19,870.
But it was not the clinical result which fans have come to expect from Des Hasler's men, who were sloppy and error-riddled in the first half.
"We were little bit disappointing with our execution in some areas of the game," Hasler said after the match.
"We need to take the right options at the right time.
"It was good to be able to come back from the start we had.
"One of the qualities of this side (is) they stuck to what we had to do."
The Bulldogs did not get in the game until the 37th minute when second-rower Josh Jackson strolled through some feeble defence to get the home side on the board.
And even that came off the back of a fortuitous penalty the set before.
Incredibly, they could have considered themselves lucky to have been 14 points down at the break, such was Brisbane's dominance in the opening 40 minutes.
Ben Hannant's butchered try in the 24th headlined a series of wasted try-scoring opportunities.
The burly prop ignored the support of five-eighth Ben Hunt, choosing to go himself before being wrapped up in a strong one-on-one tackle by Barba.
"It was a good start but we got a bit too excited and went away from what was working for us," Broncos captain Sam Thaiday said.
"We let the Bulldogs play the brand of footy they've been playing all year that's put them in the position they're in.
But the Broncos still held the first-half advantage after a hot start that included tries to back-rower Ben Te'o and makeshift full-back Corey Norman, filling in for the dropped Josh Hoffman, after just six minutes.
Brisbane did not score a single point after taking a penalty kick in the 14th minute, although Wallace was brilliantly denied a try in the 78th minute when he was held up over the tryline by Barba.
But Broncos coach Anthony Griffin still praised his side's performance.
"The important thing was we showed some character," Griffin said.
"We were a shandy off getting a win against the best team in the competition on their home ground.
"In the end, we killed ourselves rather than them beating us.
"We produced an effort we can build on."
Source: ABC Sport
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