It was a tense affair and after a spirited comeback, a field goal in golden point by Moses Mbye secured a one-point win for the Canterbury Bulldogs over the Wests Tigers.
In front of a crowd of just over 20,000, the Tigers were all set for victory as they were leading 24-6 with 20 minutes to go in the game.
It was not to be, though, as three consecutive Dogs tries followed by Mbye’s field goal secured the comeback victory and the 25-24 win.
The Tigers had their chances to win it, firstly by not being able to hold onto their relatively big margin, before a Luke Brooks field goal missed from close range as it shaved the upright.
Mbye’s halves partner Trent Hodkinson also missed one but a switch play and a deferred pass to Mbye proved to be the game winner.
Dogs coach Des Hasler said it does not matter how field goals go over, as long as they do.
“It was a good idea to swap, have the first one, [then] switch it across,” coach Des Hasler said post-game.
“It doesn’t matter how they get over, as long as they get over. So it was a good result for us, particularly those kinds of games, when it comes down to extra time.”
It was the Tigers game to lose and they managed to do so, but the effort of the Dogs and their resolve cannot be faulted as their solid start to the season continues.
Although disappointed with the loss, Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor said the efforts of the players pleased him.
“I said to the guys afterwards, it’s important we don’t bash ourselves up too much after that because you guys will write that we had that game and should’ve won it,” he said.
“And I think that’s right, but that’s not accurate in relation to players we had out tonight, the young players we had in our team, [and] the fact that we backed up from that game last week. It’s a really positive night for the club in my opinion.”
A further downside was Tigers centre Chris Lawrence put on report for dangerous contact.
Player of the Game:
3. Sam Kasiano
2. James Tedesco
1. Curtis Rona.
Canterbury-Bankstown 25 (Curtis Rona 2, Michael Lichaa, Josh Morris tries; Trent Hodkinson 4 goals, Moses Mbye field goal) def Wests Tigers 24 (James Tedesco 2, Kyle Lovett, Luke Brooks tries; Mitch Moses 4 goals). Crowd: 20,121. Halftime: 6-all.