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NYC Rd 21 Canterbury 28 North Qld 30

The Cowboys snatched victory from the Pups in the final minute of the tight-knit game to claim the two points in a 30-28 win, capping off a very disappointing afternoon for the young pups at ANZ Stadium as part of the clubs Close the Gap
NYC Rd 21 Canterbury 28 North Qld 30
by NRL

The Cowboys snatched victory from the Pups in the final minute of the tight-knit game to claim the two points in a 30-28 win, capping off a very disappointing afternoon for the young pups at ANZ Stadium as part of the clubs Close the Gap round.

The Bulldogs won the toss, kicking off towards the north end, but a poor opening saw the Cowboys notch up the first points through a try to fullback Zac Santo in the 9th minute of play with a successful kick from Kyle Feldt.

Just four minutes later the Bulldogs managed to respond with a try to winger Ben Stratton which came from a second phase play following a nice offload from Tupou Sopoaga. Robinson's kick was off and the Cowboys maintained their lead 6-4.

The Cowboys second try in the 20th minute from a dummy half play saw Alex Elisala cross in what was a disappointing defensive effort from the Bulldogs, and a classic hooker try which caught the defence napping.

A strong run from winger John Sila set the Bulldogs on the attack. A sensational second phase offload from Paul Carter, saw Captain Moses Mbye nab a much needed try with Freddie Robinson's kick locking the scores at 10-all in the 25th minute.

The Bulldogs looked threatening and were over again just two minutes later thanks to a solid lead up by Paul Carter, in a mirror image to the previous try with fullback Gerrard McCallum crossing on this occasion. The kick was successful and the Dogs led 16-10.

A rare missed tackle by winger John Sila saw Cowboys winger Rogan Dean go over in the corner in a try that could have gone either way with a dubious put down, allowing the Cowboys to rack up their third try for the game. The kick was waved away and the Dogs maintained their lead 16-14.

David Klemmer who had a great game proved why he is one of the most promising players coming through the ranks, storming through three Cowboys defenders to score a try under the black dot in what has been a regular occurrence this season. With an easy strike from in front of the posts, Robinson converted increasing the Bulldogs lead 22-14 going in to the half time break.
A strong first half display from Paul Carter and Tupou Sopoaga saw the Bulldogs go in to the break with a 75% completion rate.

A great first set to start the second half saw the Bulldogs pick up where they left off, ensuring the Cowboys had to work hard to bring the ball back from within their own 10m.

Lachlan Burr came oh so close to a try but fell short, a short time later the Bulldogs fell for a huge dummy by halfback Sam Foster who broke the line 15m out, before offloading to fullback Zac Santo who went over for his second in the 50th minute, the kick was successful and the margin narrowed to 22-20.

In a disappointing couple of minutes, the Bulldogs defence was tested and the Cowboys capitalised with prop Patrick Kaufusi carrying the ball more than 50 metres and beating numerous defenders, to go under the posts. Sam Foster converted and the Cowboys regained the lead 22-24.

In a locked game both teams showed their cards coming close to scoring at both ends. The Bulldogs hit back next through an exciting set of play which saw the ball pass through a number of hands, starting with Leilani Latu.

A sensational break from Latu opened up the defence. Lacking the speed to make it all the way, a nice late ball from Latu found fullback Gerrard McCallum. McCallum looked like he could make it all the way but a late ankle tap saw him offload just in time to Paul Carter who crossed next to the post notching up his first try after having a hand in the two earlier ones. Robinson maintained his good strike rate and the Bulldogs reclaimed the lead 28-26 in the 67th minute.

The pups did a good job withstanding a number of Cowboys raids and sensational defence and dedication by Captain Moses Mbye squashed an almost certain try in the 76th minute by the Cowboys.

But with just a minute remaining on the clock the Cowboys found the line through Zac Santo who notched up a hat trick of tries and claimed the victory for the Cowboys 30-28. The siren sounded as the kick was taken, but the outcome didn't matter. The Cowboys fly away with the two points in a disappointing afternoon for our pups.

Klemmer, Carter and Burr were outstanding in a losing team, but a second half 59% completion rate says it all. The pups will have a big week at training and look to improve on their game in preparation for next week's clash with the Newcastle Knights who are in a fight to break the eight.

Tries (5): Paul Carter, David Klemmer, Moses Mbye, Gerard McCallum, Ben Stratton
Goals (4): Frederick Robinson (4 from 5)

Tries (6): Zac Santo 3, Rogan Dean, Alex Elisala, Patrick Kaufusi
Goals (3): Sam Foster (2 from 3), Kyle Feldt (1 from 3)

Referee: Daniel Atkins
Halftime score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22-14

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