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NYC Rd 20 Manly 22 Canterbury 48

The Bulldogs young pups withheld a late comeback from Manly to win 48-22 which included an impressive eight tries, coming away with the two points at Brookvale Oval.
NYC Rd 20 Manly 22 Canterbury 48
by NRL

The Bulldogs young pups withheld a late comeback from Manly to win 48-22 which included an impressive eight tries, coming away with the two points at Brookvale Oval.

A strong opening set by Manly saw winger Luke Gosling score in the North corner just 2 minutes in to the game, allowing the Sea Eagles to get on the front foot early.

Six minutes later after a slow start, the Bulldogs found some rhythm and Captain Moses Mbye who was playing in the centres scored a confidence building try in the south east corner to level the scores 4-all.

With momentum on their side the Bulldogs strung together a number of great attacking sets and put Manly's defence to the test.

A superb offload by barnstorming front rower David Klemmer, 15 metres out from the Dogs line saw five-eighth Jaline Graham break free from a tackle to score a try next to the uprights in the 14th minute. Freddie Robinson was on target with the boot, successfully converting, enabling the Dogs to take the early lead 10-4.

Just 4 minutes later the Dogs were on the attack again with five-eighth Jaline Graham making a sensational 75m break downfield to set up the Bulldogs third try, which was scored through a powerful run by Paul Carter on the very next tackle. The kick by Robinson was successful and the Dogs extended their early lead 16-4.

After some great exchanges and a tough battle down the middle, Manly came close to levelling the scores in the 30th minute. However a wayward pass just one metre out from their own line let the Bulldogs off the hook.

With a couple of minutes left before half time the Dogs set themselves up on the attack with a great burst up the western touch line. A penalty against Manly in the 39th minute just 30m out from their own line saw Freddie Robinson opting for the two points and extending the Dogs lead on the half time buzzer 18-4.

Just minutes in to the second half the Bulldogs continued their first half momentum with a try scoring rampage of 5 tries in 19 minutes, which started with flying winger Jon Sila crossing in the corner for a try in the 43rd minute.

Two minutes later the Bulldogs crossed again through fullback Gerrard McCallum who sprinted 15m to the line, with Robinson converting. A quick try to David Minute in the 49th minute and a display of individual brilliance by Tupou Sopoaga, chip kicking and regathering in the 54th minute, saw the Dogs score two more four pointers. Robinson was on the mark with the boot, and the pups extended their early lead 42-4.

The fifth try came through fullback Gerrard McCallum who made a speedy 60m break down the centre field to cross next to the uprights. Robinson converted and the Bulldogs marked their stamp on the game with a strong 48-4 lead in the 60th minute.

With a strong lead, the Bulldogs took their foot off the accelerator and left the door open for Manly to come back into the game. The Manly side managed to score four tries in 14 minutes with winger Gosling crossing for his second and Ikuvalu, Strickland and Greer also finding the line to reduce the Bulldogs lead 48-22.

But time got the better of the young Manly side and the Bulldogs claimed the two points, solidifying their position in the top four on the ladder.

Tries: McCallum 3, Mbye, Graham, P. Carter, Sila, Minute, Sopoaga
Goals: Robinson 8

Tries: Gosling 2, Ikuvalu, Strickland, Greer
Goals: Gutherson

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