Dogs climb into top eight

SHOWING plenty of bark, the Bulldogs have continued their 2024 resurgence with a hard-fought 22-14 win over Wests Tigers at Accor Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After leading by eight points at the break the Tigers were held scoreless in the second term and finished the day with 11 men after two were sin-binned.
The Bulldogs now have four wins for the season and have climbed into the top eight.
Tigers claimed a 2-0 lead after 14 minutes when Bulldogs lock Kurt Mann was penalised for a dangerous tackle.
With 17 minutes to play in the half, the Bulldogs hit back when Reed Mahoney delivered a pass for Mann to cross from close range. Matt Burton’s conversion made it 8-6.
On the back of a penalty, the Tigers got a second try and added two more to take the lead.
The Bulldogs got their second when Drew Hutchison grubbered into the in goal for Josh Curran to get the score back to 14-12.
A penalty in the 48th minute handed the Bulldogs the chance to level the scores and Burton made it 14-14.
The Bulldogs hit the lead in the 54th minute before Burton sent Bronson Xerri over for his second try of the season and the margin quickly blew out to eight points and sealed the deal.
Bulldogs coach Cameron Ciraldo said they lifted the intensity well after half-time.
“We were missing that in the first half and that was pretty disappointing but if we play more like the second half, we will be pretty hard to beat.”
The Bulldogs face a tough test against the Panthers at BlueBet Stadium on Friday from 6pm.
Other results: The Knock On Effect Cup, Bulldogs 42 d Magpies 12.