Fur flies in tight tussle but amazingly boys prevail
A final conversion opportunity for Tiger Paul Momirovski to level the scores with five seconds remaining, sailed wide in unbelievable scenes that left the pro-Bulldogs crowd of 9,636 in raptures.
Canterbury continued on from their impressive win over Penrith last week to pile on three tries in a 15-minute blitz just after half-time to turn an 8-0 deficit into an 18-8 lead.
Tries to Josh Jackson and Jeremy Marshall-King within minutes swung the momentum back in the home side’s favour with the latter getting one over older brother Benji.
It was Marshall who became the next villain for the Tigers with an uncharacteristic pass landing in the hands of Bulldogs winger Nick Meaney, who raced 90 metres to score.
The brave crowd who endured freezing conditions at the Olympic venue, found their voice late as Momirovski dived over in the corner in another impressive individual effort with six minutes remaining.
The Bulldogs lost Chris Smith to the sin bin for a late shot on Ryan Matterson to reduce the home side to 12 with two minutes left.
Marshall ensured the match was all but headed for golden point when he sent Garner over untouched but the final Momirovski conversion under pressure killed off any chance of a comeback result.
Pay said he felt for Momirovski in the moment, while adding his delight at his own side’s recent run of form.
“We’re four from six since the break and said we wanted to finish the season strongly,” Pay said.
“They’re competing hard and the young boys are getting better.
“We’re getting some consistency in our spine.”