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NYC Rd 16 Canterbury 34 Melbourne 16

The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs cemented their place in Top 8 with a comprehensive 34-16 victory over the Melbourne Storm at Lidcombe Oval on Saturday afternoon.
NYC Rd 16 Canterbury 34 Melbourne 16
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The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs cemented their place in Top 8 with a comprehensive 34-16 victory over the Melbourne Storm at Lidcombe Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides started well in a game that both needed to win to push up the ladder and it was the Bulldogs who created the first real opportunity early.

On the back of a 10th minute charge by David Klemmer, who attracted 4 defenders, the giant prop managed to offload and the ball found its way down the Bulldogs right hand side where a final pass from Ed Murphy to Sam Ahofono was ruled forward to deprive the Bulldogs of the opening try.

The Bulldogs had another opportunity in the 15th minute but again the last pass to Jon Sila was ruled forward as the young winger seemed destined to score.

The game turned into an arm wrestle for the next quarter of an hour but it was the Bulldogs who always looked the more likely to score and in the 30th minute they opened their account.

A beautifully worked play between Dean Janda and Lachlan Burr close to the line created a whole for Freddie Robinson to score adjacent to the posts and the Bulldogs led 6-0 with Robinson's conversion.

The Bulldogs were in a again 3 minutes later when a Storm handling error on a kick return was collected by second rower Danny Fualalo who strolled over for a 12-0 lead.

The Bulldogs did not have long to wait for their third try as outstanding young talent Moses Mbye scored a wonderful individual try. Receiving the ball inside his half, the Bulldogs captain beat 5 players on a scintillating 60 metre run. The try was converted by Freddie Robinson and the Bulldogs had a handy 18-0 lead as half time approached.

After a battle for the first 30 minutes, the Bulldogs had crossed 3 times in 6 minutes and the Melbourne Storm needed to score next if they had any aspirations of a comeback.

With the half time siren ringing, the Storm managed to cross through fullback Young Tonumaipea and the Storm would have been bouyed by the late try and a half time score of 18-6.

The second half commenced much the same as the first half with both sides battling for ascendency.

The Bulldogs managed to score first in the second half through Moses Mbye, who collected a Gerard McCallum kick to plunge over out wide. With Freddie Robinson's conversion, the Bulldogs led 24-6 after 52 minutes.

The match was punctuated by errors and penalties over the next 10 minutes and it was the Melbourne Storm who managed to score subsequently with winger Michael Buston scoring in the corner. The try was unconverted and the Bulldogs led 24-10 with 18 minutes of the match remaining.

On the back of good field position, the Bulldogs spread the ball to their left winger Jon Sila, who after a few weeks in NSW Cup managed to bump his way to the corner to score the Bulldogs 5th try, which was converted from out wide by Freddie Robinson and the Bulldogs had a comfortable lead of 30-10 after 67 minutes.

As the clock wound down and on the back of a Bulldogs handling error, Melbourne Storm scored a converted try through winger Jack Joass and with 5 minutes on the clock, the scoreline was reduced to 30-16.

The Bulldogs had the final say in this fixture as winger Sam Ahofono crossed over in the 80th minute and the fulltime score read 34-16 to the Bulldogs.

For the coach Andy Patmore, the win would have been enormously satisfying as with the bye next week, the Bulldogs NYC side have consolidated their position in the Top 8.

After the game coach Patmore was relieved with the win, and his side were best served by David Klemmer and Moses Mbye.

The Bulldogs next clash with arch rivals, the Parramatta Eels after the bye at ANZ Stadium on Friday week


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - 34

Tries: Moses Mbye (2), Freddie Robinson, Danny Fualalo, Jon Sila, Sam Ahofono
Goals: Freddie Robinson (5)

North Sydney Bears - 16

Tries: Young Tonumaipea, Michael Buston, Jack Joass
Goalsd: Jack Joass (2)

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