One of the matches of the round, it lived up to the billing as a penalty from 40m out in golden point by Trent Hodkinson won the game for the Bulldogs, despite a late Manly fightback.
Locked at 30-apiece at the end of regulation after Jamie Lyon converted Steve Matai’s try from the sideline, it was a question as to who could deliver the killer blow and it came after a penalty against Manly, before some back-chat resulted in the kick being moved 10m forward.
It was a topsy turvy game overall, as the Dogs burst out of the blocks on the back of their forwards laying that platform and leaving Manly shell-shocked, before the Sea Eagles mounted a late surge to take the game into golden point.
In a big clash, the game was not without controversy, however – with Manly coach Geoff Toovey and a good number of fans watching the game believing that a try to Josh Reynolds that he claimed, was actually short of the line.
“I think you can see it was short,” Toovey said of the Reynolds try consumer review of electronic cigarettes.
“I think the last penalty was pretty well obvious as well, but that’s only my decision.
“In my opinion they conned the ref.”
Despite that instance, Reynolds believed that the ball had in fact touched the line and that the try was legitimate.
“I was looking at the replay and I thought it (the ball) was on the line (for my try),” Reynolds said.
Another potentially controversial moment arose when the penalty in golden point was awarded, with some fans believing that Reynolds had intentionally jumped or dived in the tackle to get the penalty – though the Bulldogs five-eighth got quite angry when that was brought up.
“I’m trying to get out of the tackle, what do you want me to do, stay there and get smashed?”, said Reynolds.
It might be four wins on the trot for the Bulldogs now, but coach Des Hasler is not about to get carried away.
“Its a win we’re not going to get carried away with it, we had five tries posted against us,” Hasler said.
3. James Graham
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