The Bulldogs roared back to the winners circle today with a belting win 60-14 over the previously unbeated Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.
It was the biggest win the Canterbury Bankstown side have ever achieved over the Roosters, with the result beyond doubt early on – the Doggies leading 30-4 at the halftime break.
The Roosters were never in the hunt, hampered by their non existent completion rate of less than 50 percent.
The Dogs will be encouraged by the continued development of Ben Barba, he’s always had a bagful of potential – but his skills were on full show today when he was injected into the game off the bench.
Many believe Barba is better than Thurston at the same age and he is certainly the future for Belmore if they can hang on to him.
Amazingly try scoring machine Josh Morris had a hat-trick of touchdowns inside the first 40 minutes for the Dogs and finished with 4 for the match. Fantasy League players will be licking their lips at the prospect of Morris sending their teams scores into orbit.
Morris’ fortune was a nightmare for Shaun Kenny-Dowall, SKD saw plenty of traffic and simply was unable to contain the rampaging Doggies flyer.
Canterbury would also be happy with Steve Turners game, the former Storm edge man settling more today and was impressive after a stuttering few appearances earlier in the year.
There were some signs of a comeback in the second term, with the Roosters having a hot 5 minute period just after the break – but it was soon forgotten when Jamaal Idris scored a hot try to put it beyond doubt.
It just wasn’t the Roosters day today and they’ll be happy to forget this one in a hurry – while the Dogs get the monkey off their back and open the account for 2010 in style.