With the Bulldogs looking certain to score to narrow the gap, Dragons fullback Darius Boyd pulled off a fantastic interception, and ran 90m to score the try that wrapped the game up for the Dragons.
“Last week (Newcastle’s Jarrod) Mullen made a break and I kind of went for it too and just missed it,” Boyd said.
“I had a few guys around me which helped.
“I just thought he was going to throw it and luckily it came off.”
Ben Hornby had no doubt, that it was the moment that turned the match on its head.
“They were starting to make a bit of a run but once Darius got that pass we were all pretty relieved,” Hornby said.
“That was match changing. That’s what good players can do and that’s what Darius is.”
The match was always going to be entertaining, pinning two of the premiership heavyweights against each other, with the Dragons winning 4 from 5 so far, and the Dogs suffering two straight losses.
“It is a big moment,” Canterbury coach Kevin Moore said of Boyd’s effort.
“I thought we did well to fight back.
“If we had of got to 15-12, who knows what might have happened.
“We had plenty of momentum but we didn’t (score).”
With the departure of Dragons coach Wayne Bennett imminent, many clubs would be jostling to secure Boyd’s services, despite the fact that he will follow Bennett wherever the master-coach does go.
“It was great to see him going the other way,” Bennett said.
“They were trying to get back in the game. They got the try and were picking their momentum up and there was no more crucial time in the game.
“You could see them coming back and we got a little bit of luck.”
A sour note for both the Dragons and the Dogs was Dean Young being put on report, and Jamal Idris suffering a corked thigh respectively.
The Bulldogs poor ball control did not help their cause, and Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan knew that all too well.
“The Dragons love (opponents’ mistakes),” Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan said.
“As soon as you make errors against them they make you pay and they certainly did that today.”
Dally M Points
3 Jamie Soward
2 Darius Boyd
1 Matt Cooper