Bulldogs bask in titanic victory

IN an afternoon of excitement at a jam-packed Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs thrashed the Gold Coast Titans 32-0 as the NRL celebrated Multicultural Round.

Drawing a crowd of 12,037 people, Bulldogs fans flocked to witness the home side hold the opposition scoreless for the first time since the Bulldogs defeated the Illawarra Steelers 12-0 in May 1996.
Viliame Kikau led the way, scoring a try and a try assist and was joined by centre Jacob Kiraz and off-season recruit Josh Curran as the individual standouts.
After a sloppy opening 17 minutes, Jacob Preston got the scoring started and they were soon 12-0 which they took into the break.
They didn’t have to wait long with Reed Mahoney and Kiraz both scoring in the space of eight minutes to all but kill off the contest, with two more tries sealing the deal.
Coach Cameron Ciraldo said after a couple of losses it was easy to stop believing in what you were doing.
“I feel like everyone kept believing, stuck to it and today we got the result,” he said.
Back to Belmore Patron Luke Brailey said hosting large sporting events at Belmore Sports Ground provided a well-needed boost to the local economy.
“It was wonderful to witness this incredible facility and our amazing cultural diversity being showcased, with over 45 per cent of Canterbury Bankstown residents coming from countries where English is not the first language,” he said.
The barking Bulldogs next take on the Rabbitohs on Good Friday from 4.05pm at Accor Stadium.
Other results: The Knock On Effect NSW Cup, Bulldogs 10 lost to Panthers 34; Jersey Flegg Cup, Bulldogs 18 lost to Panthers 35; UNE Harold Matthews Cup, Bulldogs 52 d Steelers 6; UNE SG Ball Cup, Bulldogs 46 d Steelers 16; Tarsha Gale Cup, Bulldogs bye; and Lisa Fiaola Cup, Bulldogs bye.