Fight hard to stay in game but errors bring seal fate
Showing tremendous fight to stay in the game, the Bulldogs scored both of their tries through winger Reimis Smith either side of halftime.
Smith’s first came after he leapt high to mark a Jack Cogger bomb.
His second was via slick Will Hopoate hands to put the Bulldogs back in the match at 14-10.
But ill-discipline cost Canterbury late, allowing Garrick to kick the Sea Eagles home, with the final score 18-10.
The Bulldogs had mixed news on the injury front. Kieran Foran failed in his bid to return from a ligament injury, although Dylan Napa was back three weeks ahead of schedule.
Obviously disappointed, Bulldogs coach Dean Pay said: “We certainly didn’t help ourselves. I thought the other team started a lot harder than us and had a lot of field positions.
“Some of our errors were pretty poor; that didn’t help.
“We were still close enough … we hung in there but want to start better than what we did.
“We came out in the second half with with six good ball sets but had five errors, we’ve got a bit to do in that area. Our attitude to our defence was not where it needed to be in the first half … we need to run harder and tackle harder.
“We certainly need to get through another week of fine-tuning.”