ROUND 1 - 2009

Date 14th Mar 2009
Venue ANZ Stadium
Coach Kevin Moore
Captain Andrew Ryan
Referee Ben Cummins, Brett Suttor
Crowd 19791
Bulldogs V Sea Eagles
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Scorers

Player Tries Goals F Goals Points
Hazem El Masri 0 7 0 14
Jamal Idris 2 0 0 8
Bryson Goodwin 2 0 0 8
Josh Morris 1 0 0 4

Match Review

TEAM LINE-UP:

1. Luke Patten, 2. Hazem El Masri, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Jamal Idris, 5. Bryson Goodwin, 6. Ben Roberts, 7. Brett Kimmorley, 8. Ben Hannant, 9. Michael Ennis, 10. Michael Hodgson, 11. Gary Warburton, 12. Andrew Ryan (c), 13. David Stagg.
Interchange: 14. Lee Te Maari, 15. Chris Armit, 16. John Kite, 17. Ben Barba

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Source: Fox Sports

Bulldogs winger Hazem El Masri became rugby league's greatest ever point-scorer as his side stunned Manly 34-12 at ANZ Stadium.

El Masri's penalty goal in the 33rd minute took him two points past Newcastle great Andrew Johns' 2,176 points.

Slotting over from 11m out adjacent to the left upright, El Masri was mobbed by teammates and greeted by a fireworks display and a roar from the 19,791-strong crowd.

He went on to kick seven from seven in a masterful display which continued league's on-field good news after a week of off-field drama.

Playing his 292nd game, the 32-year-old has now scored 145 tries and kicked 802 goals for 2,184 points in total.

The record-breaking penalty goal, El Masri's fourth kick of the night, came after a brawl, which resulted in Manly hooker Matt Ballin's sin-binning, in a dramatic first half played in a wild storm which hit Homebush in the sixth minute.

El Masri's efforts overshadowed two-try efforts from strapping teenage centre Jamal Idris and winger Bryson Goodwin and the rebuilt Dogs' domination of the premiers, who are still reeling from star full-back Brett Stewart being charged with sexual assault.

The Bulldogs led 22-0 at half-time after handling the appalling conditions better and showing more desire as new coach Kevin Moore took the reins for his first match.

Their new resolve was on display early when Idris crashed his way through three would-be defenders, adding his second in the 27th minute after gun buy Brett Kimmorley had handled twice.

Former Cronulla player Goodwin crossed three minutes before the break and added a second 10 minutes after half-time.

But the killer blow had come seven minutes after the break.

After Manly had scored first in the second half through Ballin to make it 22-6, new Dogs hooker Michael Ennis scooped up a wayward Matt Orford grubber and sent another new buy, Josh Morris, on an 80m run to the tryline.

At 28-6, the Bulldogs virtually had both hands on the new Arko-Bullfrog Cup, while Manly's week from hell only got worse with video referee Steve Clark denying Jamie Lyon and Michael Bani within three minutes of each other.

Lyon managed a 78th-minute consolation try after grabbing an intercept from a Kimmorley pass.

Celebrate Hazem El Masri becoming the all-time points scoring record holder with this limited edition signed framed lithograph from the TeamStore

Tries: 5
Jamal Idris(2), Bryson Goodwin(2), Josh Morris

Goals: 7
Hazem El Masri(7/7)