Dogs ride ‘em cowboy

IT might have taken Corey Harawira-Naera half the match to hit his stride but he did with a man-of-the match performance in the second half, scoring two tries to give the Bulldogs a 24-12 victory over the Cowboys.

THE Bulldogs may be sitting at the tail end of the NRL competition but last week’s 24-12 win against the Cowboys, should be a confidence booster.

Unleash might in second half to take out strong win

Canterbury Bankstown started slow with the North Queensland Cowboys crossing first before the Dogs tied it up at 6-all going into the break.
In front of a crowd of almost 7,000, the Bulldogs came out firing in the second half with tries to Jayden Okunbor, Josh Jackson and a double for Corey Harawira-Naera.
Coach Dean Pay said he spoke to Harawira-Naera at half time after his lacklustre first half and he came out firing.
Harawira-Naera’s double and try saving performance won him the man-of-the-match.
Coach Dean Pay said: “It was nice to get a win, I thought it was a fantastic effort.”
“We started strong … It was pleasing to close out the game after defending for a few sets towards the end.
“They’re still a young and developing team.”
He said they needed to keep working hard and “they will get better and better”.
The Bulldogs also re-signed young star Jayden Okunbor for a further two years.
“It’s pretty awesome to be able to call this place home for the next few years,” Okunbor said.
“Now I can focus on my footy a lot more.
“Everyone knows we have potential. If play the way Deano wants us to, we will surprise a lot of teams this year.”
The Bulldogs take on the Des Hasler led Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Lottoland.