After last week’s shambolic loss to the Newcastle Knights, the Canterbury Bulldogs have bounced back in the best fashion possible and won this week, with a 24-14 win over the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium.
The first half was quite even, as both teams had their own respective patches to pile the pressure on, though that half ended 6-4 in favour of the Bulldogs.
The game was a tense affair with several biffs and altercations throughout the second half in particular, with one such biff starting as a result of a high tackle on Broncos halfback Peter Wallace – a tackle that saw Frank Pritchard put on report.
It was the forwards who set up the victory for the Bulldogs, as they constantly got over the advantage line and got on a great roll-on when required.
The work of Frank Pritchard, Aiden Tolman and James Graham especially, was a key factor behind the Bulldogs win, with the team slowly coming together now that the bulk of their side is fit and healthy.
With the weather abysmal to say the least, both teams for the most part, did well to hold onto the ball, in what was a bit of hgh product a disappointing crowd of just over 11,000.
After last week’s disappointing performance, Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was pleased with the way his side turned things around.
“We turned it around this week and I’m very proud of the way we did that,” Hasler said.
“To compete in this competition you have to hang onto the ball. We didn’t manage that in the dry last week but managed it in the wet tonight so go figure.
“It was a good effort against a Brisbane side that kept trying all night.”
For Broncos coach Anthony Griffin, he was critical of his side’s defence, especially on their goal-line.
“It was a tough game of football, we just loosened our defence a few times and that was it,” he said.
“At halftime we were right in the game and banging away. Those two (tries to Kasiano and Tolman) on our goal line were too easy and that was the ball game.
“We scrambled well all night but were not good enough on our own goal line. I thought our effort was good enough to win if we had been a bit neater.”
3. Frank Pritchard
2. James Graham
1. Aiden Tolman