ROUND 13 - 2006

Date 3rd Jun 2006
Venue ANZ Stadium
Coach Steve Folkes
Captain Andrew Ryan
Referee Paul Simpkins
Crowd 12613
Bulldogs V Knights
38 22
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Scorers

Player Tries Goals F Goals Points
Hazem El Masri 3 5 0 22
Corey Hughes 2 0 0 8
Daniel Holdsworth 1 0 0 4
Reni Maitua 1 0 0 4

Match Review

TEAM LINE-UP:

1. Luke Patten, 2. Hazem El Masri, 3. Sonny Bill Williams, 4. Reni Maitua, 5. Cameron Phelps, 6. Daniel Holdsworth, 7. Brent Sherwin, 8. Mark O'Meley, 9. Corey Hughes, 10. Roy Asotasi, 11. Willie Mason, 12. Andrew Ryan, 13. Tony Grimaldi.
Interchange: 14. Trent Cutler, 15. Chris Armit, 16. Brad Morrin, 17. Nate Myles

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Source: AAP

Hazem El Masri re-wrote the Bulldogs record books as his side powered to a 38-22 win over Newcastle at Telstra Stadium.

Already the holder of the Bulldogs all-time pointscoring mantle, El Masri became the club's all-time tryscoring leader after bagging his third four-pointer of the night - and 124th career - in the 67th minute to go ahead of former great Terry Lamb.

The sharp-shooting winger then nailed his 600th career goal from the sideline with just 40 seconds left on the clock to complete an historic night.

Hooker Corey Hughes also bagged a double for the Bulldogs as the home side scored four of the final five tries to run away with the game.

The scores had been locked 16-16 at halftime, but tries to El Masri in the 51st and five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth in the 55th gave the Dogs the upper hand.

The win secured the Bulldogs a place in the top four at the midway point of the season, while handing back-to-back losses to the Knights, who again looked tired in the second half.

The Dogs hurt the Knights physically early on with some tough defence - most notably from Mark O'Meley and Sonny Bill Williams - before doing the damage on the scoreboard in the second half.

A try to Newcastle winger Anthony Quinn just seconds before the break ensured nothing separated the teams at halftime.

The home side looked set to take a four-point advantage into the break after hooker Corey Hughes scored two tries in six minutes to turn a 4-12 deficit into a 16-12 Dogs lead.

But good hands from the Knights and a quick turn of speed from centre George Carmont allowed Quinn to duck over in the corner in the 40th minute to level the scores at 16-16.

Williams was particularly destructive down the right side of the field, laying on the opening try for El Masri in the 13th minute with a clever flick pass, before collecting Knights halfback Andrew Johns with a shuddering shoulder charge later in the half.

Data provided by Clint Crofts