Smith Double Sets Up Bulldogs Win
A low-scoring, tight affair saw the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs defeat the Wests Tigers 24-12 at Belmore Sports Ground.
Brad Abbey was the star for the Bulldogs, throwing two perfect cut-out passes for both of his wingers that led to tries, while Reimis Smith was heavily involved with two second-half tries.
The opening 20 minutes of the game was a stalemate, with neither side producing defiant scoring chances let alone crossing the line.
The scoreboard attendant was finally troubled thanks to a solo effort from Jordan Rankin, who sold a dummy to his right before bursting through the Bulldogs’ defence to score.
Abbey and Marcelo Montoya displayed their newly found NRL experience by combining for a try in the corner, when the former threw a brilliant cut-out pass for his winger to stroll over and lock the scores up at 6-6.
It looked to be a deadlock at the break before Jack Littlejohn split the defence and scored under the posts on the stroke of half-time, giving the Tigers a six-point advantage.
Abbey was in the thick of the action once again to open the second half, throwing yet another beautiful cut-out ball to the winger to set up a try, however this time it was on the opposite side of the field, showcasing his ability to float on both sides of the field which allowed Reimis Smith to score in the left corner.
Smith had his double shortly afterwards thanks to a pin-point kick by Adam Keighran that only just went over the head of Ryland Jacobs, before hitting the winger on the chest to take the lead for the Bulldogs.
A penalty goal extended their lead to six points, before a late try to Renouf To’omaga sealed the game for the Bulldogs for their fourth win of the season.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 (R Smith 2, M Montoya, R To'Omaga tries; R Martin 2, B Abbey goals) def Wests Tigers 12 (J Rankin, J Littlejohn tries; J Rankin 2 goals)