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Dogs lead Broncos 6-4 at halftime

Finals-bound Canterbury held onto a 6-4 halftime lead over a battling Brisbane in their NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.
Dogs lead Broncos 6-4 at halftime
by AAP

BRISBANE, Sept 5 AAP - Finals-bound Canterbury held onto a 6-4 halftime lead over a battling Brisbane in their NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.

All the pre-match hype had surrounded Ben Barba as he returned from a long-term ankle injury amid a NRL probe into the Bulldogs' early-season suspension of the livewire fullback.

But the man who threatened to steal the show was Broncos pivot Scott Prince, playing his 300th and final NRL game before drawing the curtain on a glittering 16-season career.

Prince tested the Bulldogs' defence from the outset as he clearly looked to throw caution to the wind in his league finale.

But it was his defence that made the Suncorp Stadium faithful stand up and take notice after slamming Bulldogs winger Mitch Brown into touch to shut down a threatening play down the left sideline by the visitors.

Prince's attacking flair was needed more than ever after fullback Josh Hoffman - the man expected to make way for Broncos recruit Barba next year - went off with a shoulder injury in the 25th minute.

The Bulldogs finally drew first blood in the 28th minute when pivot Josh Reynolds sold a dummy and darted over.

However, Brisbane managed to get back in the game when towering winger Corey Oates latched onto a perfectly weighted Ben Hunt crossfield kick to score in the 33rd minute.

Brisbane are looking to go out in style after missing out on the finals for only the second time in 21 years.

The Bulldogs are wary of an upset but a shock loss won't put a major dent in their finals push - if they finish fifth or sixth, they will still host a knockout final next week.


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