GAMES OF THE YEAR | #3 – Rd7 Bulldogs v Jets

Looking back on the remarkable year that was, NSWRL.com.au counts down the 10 best games from the 2018 Intrust Super Premiership NSW season. At No.3, the Jets claw back from an 18-0 deficit in the second-half to claim one of the best comeback victories of the season.

Round 7 may not have been viewed as an all-important game that would determine the fate of the Bulldogs or Newtown Jets in 2018 but it certainly served as a monumental test for either side early in the season. 

The Jets were struggling to build consistency into their game with a win/loss pattern heading into the clash, while the Bulldogs were sitting just outside the top-four with three wins and three loss to date. 

While few could have predicted the game would be a Grand Final preview, fans witnessed one of the biggest comebacks of the year with the Jets clawing back from an 18-0 deficit with a rapid-fire double from Aaron Gary in the final 10 minutes helping them to a 22-20 victory. 

Two tries from Aaron Gray proved the difference as the Jets claimed a 22-20 comeback victory over the Bulldogs.
Two tries from Aaron Gray proved the difference as the Jets claimed a 22-20 comeback victory over the Bulldogs. ©Mario Facchini

The Bulldogs raced out to a comfortable lead at half-time Matt Frawley and Lachlan Lewis, with a Rhyse Martin penalty-goal giving them a 14-point buffer. 

And their momentum continued early into the second-half when Fa'amanu Brown crashed over, but the tide would quickly change when Briton Nikora broke the Jets' deadlock with a try in the 52nd minute off a scrum-base play. 

But as their hopes of an unlikely victory slipped by the minute, with the Bulldogs holding strong in the 15 minute period that followed the Nikora try, a determined effort from William Kennedy cut the lead to just six points with 10 minutes remaining. 

And the game was set alight when Gray pounced on a deft grubber from Blayke Brailey before the ensuing conversion from Kyle Flanagan locked the scores up at 18-all, with his match-winning try coming off a Sione Katoa bust with just two minutes remaining to sink the hearts of the Bulldogs faithful.