ROUND 22 - 2005

Date 6th Aug 2005
Venue ANZ Stadium
Coach Steve Folkes
Captain Andrew Ryan
Referee Russell Smith
Crowd 13962
Bulldogs V Knights
13 28
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Player Tries Goals F Goals Points
Adam Brideson 1 0 0 4
Matt Utai 1 0 0 4
Braith Anasta 0 1 1 3
Brent Sherwin 0 1 0 2

Match Review


Jamaal Lolesi, Cameron Phelps, Dallas McIlwain, Reni Maitua, Matt Utai, Braith Anasta, Brent Sherwin, Mark O'Meley, Corey Hughes, Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan, Tony Grimaldi.
Interchange: Chris Armit, Nate Myles, Adam Brideson, Daniel Irvine


Source: AAP

A red-hot Newcastle has dealt the Bulldogs' premiership defence another huge blow with a 28-13 win in tonight's NRL match at Telstra Stadium.

The Bulldogs blew another chance to move into the top eight after back-to-back losses to the bottom sides - South Sydney and now the Knights.

Newcastle captain Andrew Johns limped off the field with a leg injury after his halves partner Brad Tighe had scored a 75th minute try to put the result beyond doubt.

The Bulldogs are still stuck on 23 points on the table - one behind Manly and Melbourne following the Storm's loss to Cronulla tonight at Toyota Park.

Newcastle has now won five out of its past seven matches, including three straight, after losing 13 in a row to open the season.

The Knights are two points behind fellow wooden spoon contender Penrith (16 points) after Souths moved up to 13th place with their round 22 bye.

The Bulldogs edged ahead 7-6 at halftime with a Braith Anasta field goal 20 seconds before the break.

Newcastle hit the front in the 49th minute with a superb try to hooker Danny Buderus under the posts after the ball went through six sets of hands, with Tighe providing the final pass.

The next try - in the 54th minute - was even better as the ball went through 10 sets of hands before George Carmont set up winger Anthony Quinn.

Johns added the extras to give the Knights an 18-7 lead as they looked primed to spring yet another upset.

Penalty goals to Johns in the 61st and 66th minutes increased Newcastle's lead to 22-7.

The Bulldogs gave themselves a chance of emerging from a mini-slump when interchange forward Adam Brideson crossed in the 69th minute on the back of a Corey Hughes kick which Tony Grimaldi toed ahead.

Referee Russell Smith placed Bulldogs winger Matt Utai on report for a 65th minute high shot on Dustin Cooper.

Newcastle pair Clint Newton and Craig Smith face a nervous wait over the weekend after being reported for a dangerous throw on Bulldogs winger Cameron Phelps late in the first half.

Second-rower Newton will be more anxious about the tackle because he was the player who lifted while Smith was simply trying to wrap up the ball.

Data provided by Clint Crofts