Dogs Down Knights

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 36 defeat Newcastle Knights 16.

It was a highly anticipated game based around the two young guns. Superstar Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga taking on the half on debut for the Bulldogs, and nephew of QLD great Wally Lewis, Lachlan Lewis.

The game started out in an unexpected fashion. The Bulldogs were showing some incredible signs in both offence and defence, and the Knights returning fire, it was quite the exciting opening 20 minute grind.

The game was quick to dull down for Knights fans but, as young Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga left the field in the opening 20 minutes and was not to return due to a suspected hamstring tear. The Bulldogs were quick to take advantage of the loss too when a beautiful attacking play saw young halfback Jeremy Marshall-King throw an incredible cut out ball for winger Reimis Smith to fly down field. The Knights looked to have it covered, but an amazing and simple cross over by wing and centre was good enough to confuse the defence when Smith popped up the ball on the cross for centre Kerrod Holland to storm downfield and score the try.

Newcastle were quick to respond however, when interim fullback Connor Watson dived over the line after the Bulldogs defence failed to hold him down to complete the tackle when he originally made a line break off a regathered grubber.
Bulldogs Centre Kerrod Holland grabbed a first half double through a short cut out ball produced by fullback Will Hopoate on the Knights line after a few penalties and errors gave the Bulldogs attacking opportunities.

The Newcastle Knights were able to fight back and tie the game 12 a piece with a little under 10 minutes to go when Herman Ese’ese stormed through the Bulldogs defence to go over under the posts, however it came at the loss of hooker Slade Griffin, who looked to of done another serious knee injury, possibly ACL, and put the challenge on Newcastle for not just the remainder of the night, but the season.

Connor Watson grabbed himself a double for the first half and gave the Knights a 16-12 half time lead when an attacking play went the way of Watson before throwing a killer dummy and strolled over to take the lead. Watson once again showing why he’s a natural talent in the fullback position, and the loss of Ponga looked non-existent.

The second half started in spectacular fashion for the Bulldogs with a retake of the lead. Winger Reimis Smith went over in the corner off the back of a brilliant set play after some early pressure provided by the Bulldogs. Only a few minutes later the Dogs were able to extend their lead when a grubber attempt on attack was picked up by Jeremy Marshall-King and put over the line to extend their lead to 24-16 with half an hour remaining.

The remainder of the game was a real tug of war, but the Bulldogs finished strong grabbing two late tries through bench hooker Fa’amnu Brown who dived over from dummy half, and then captain Josh Jackson who went over after picking up a wayward grubber which bounced his way. The Bulldogs showed their dominance through the ruck area which was the key to their success, while the Knights struggled in the second half with the loss of two key players seeming to be to much to handle.

Stonecold’s Player Of The Game: Jeremy Marshall-King (Bulldogs)

Newcastle Knights:
21’ Connor Watson (Try)
22’ Ken Sio (Conversion)
32’ Herman Ese’ese (Try)
33’ Ken Sio (Conversion)
36’ Connor Watson (Try)

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs:
16’ Kerrod Holland (Try)
18’ Rhyse Martin (Conversion)
27’ Kerrod Holland (Try)
29’ Rhyse Martin (Conversion)
43’ Reimis Smith (Try)
45’ Rhyse Martin (Conversion)
46’ Jeremy Marshall-King (Try)
47’ Rhyse Martin (Conversion)
72’  Fa’amnu Brown (Try)
73’ Rhyse Martin (Conversion)
80’ Josh Jackson (Try)
80’ Rhyse Martin (Conversion)



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