Dogs’ mighty comeback

2019 NRL Round 10 - Gold Coast Titans v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Cbus Super Stadium, 2019-05-18. Digital image by Nathan Hopkins © NRL Photos

Thrilling second half win

REFUSING to rollover despite going into the half-time break 16-0, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs star Kieran Foran engineered a fantastic come-from-behind 22-16 win over the Titans on the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.
In his second game back after missing five weeks with an ankle injury, Foran laid on two tries for winger Jayden Okunbor and another for centre Marcelo Montoya as Canterbury recovered from a disastrous start to inflict a fourth straight devastating loss on the Titans.
It elevates the Bulldogs a win clear of the Titans and Panthers at the foot of the Telstra Premiership ladder, but with a sense that they can make further progress upwards over the rest of the season.
With tireless workhorses in Josh Jackson and Aiden Tolman, an Origin prop in Dylan Napa and speed men in Okunbor and fullback Nick Meaney, the Bulldogs have many areas covered that make for a competitive football team.
Despite a lop-sided penalty count and self-inflicted wounds due to basic handling errors, Foran was able to use a minimum of opportunities to maximum effect.
Bulldogs coach Dean Pay knows what an influence he can have provided they can keep him on the park.
“It’s Kieran’s second game back from a nasty injury so he’ll be better again next week,” Pay said.
“I thought he was really good for us and had some really good touches.
“He’s a quality player and if we can keep him healthy, he’s only going to be good for our younger guys to lead them around the park and for them to draw on all of his experience.”
Pay said the win gave them a lot of confidence and self belief.
“I think they (fans) just really appreciated the guts and determination they had to keep themselves in the game,” he said.