Barking but errors rattle

THE Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs failed to withstand a dominant performance from St George Illawarra Dragons, losing 36-12 at ANZ Stadium.

Canterbury began strong, scoring just two minutes into the game through a charging Raymond Faitala-Mariner, who ran off a short pass from five-eighth Kieran Foran.

Fullback Nick Meaney was able to convert the try to extend the Dogs’ early lead to six.

It didn’t take long however for St George to respond, as a cut-out ball by Ben Hunt found winger Mikaele Ravalawa to touch down for the away side’s first try.

St George were able to extend their lead shortly after, taking the game to 18-6 at half time.

The Dragons’ dominance continued in the second half, after Ben Hunt found space near the line through a Corey Norman pass to increase the margin to 22.

The Bulldogs found it hard to get back in the game, as Zac Lomax went over for the Dragons’ fifth try off a Jacob Host kick.

The Bulldogs refused to lie down though, as Danny Fualalo placed Kieran Foran through a hole, for the five-eighth to score near the posts.

Nick Meaney successfully converted to decrease the margin to three converted tries, with 10 minutes to go.

Although the Dogs side did not give up their fight, it couldn’t prove enough as they went down 36-12 to the St George Dragons.

Bulldogs coach Dean Pay’s immediate concern is stopping the errors.

“If we can cut some of those errors out, or reduce them, it’s going to help,” Pay said.

“At the moment I just think with our errors and what we’re doing, we’re at a stage now where we need to concentrate really hard and get some consistency in how we’re playing our footy.”