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Bulldogs Player Ratings v Dragons Round 13

  • Bulldogs Player Ratings v Dragons Round 13

The Bulldogs have made it two wins on the trot and with the key players back they look a completely different footy side to the aimless one in the first half of the year.

1. Brett Morris (7/10) 9 weeks on the sideline and was a big test of the hamstring for B Moz against his former team with an extra incentive getting through 80 minutes for a guaranteed Origin berth.  He looked solid without being spectacular and saved a try in the first half had a hand in two others.

2. Curtis Rona (7/10) Mr Consistent.  He continues to impress with strong carries and his finishing touches in the try-scoring department is up their with the best in the league.

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3. Josh Morris (8/10) J Moz has come into his own in recent weeks, getting across the tryline regularly and showed again why he is the best defensive centre in the world.  

4. Tim Lafai (7/10) A late inclusion and still not 100% but showed great juggling skills to score a crucial try to level the scores and wrestle back the initiative.

5. Sam Perrett (8/10) Defused some sticky situations and backed up B Moz well all day.

6. Moses Mbye (9/10) There is no denying he is now the number one shot caller at the club which will mean curtains for Hodkinson in terms of his desire to re-sign with the  club.  Mbye proved again he has the triple threat ability to not only hold down a spot in the halves but stamp his mark on the league in years to come!

7. Trent Hodkinson (6/10) He had a solid first half directing the team well but the wheels fell off in the second half with inept last tackle options/kicks, school boy handling errors and a bad miss in defence leading to Gareth Widdops second try.  Not a great sign when the coach hooks the chief playmaker with 20 to go i.e. "championship time"

8. Aidan Tolman (8/10) How many genuine prop forwards can play 80 minutes of footy in consecutive games? How Tols is not even a mention for NSW Origin is beyond belief.  Took over  the captaincy well when James Graham suffered a hamstring injury.

9. Michael Lichaa (8/10) couple of errors aside, Lichaa running game troubled the Dragons all day and as usual tackled himself to a standstill.

10. James Graham (6/10) The skipper was looking great until he fell injured and looks like his disruptive season through injuries and suspension continues.

11. Josh Jackson (8/10) Solid as they come, his workhorse efforts mixed with wide ranging charges reminds me of former great Bradley Clyde

12. Frank Pritchard (8/10) Franky made some bustling charges and was involved heavily throughout often taking the next hit up after his Samoan brother in arms big Sam Kasiano

13. Greg Eastwood (7/10) His late footwork at the line troubled the Dragons defence and he also has the underrated ability to ball play which makes him a threat anytime he carries the pill.

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14. Sam Kasiano (9/10) I  know Josh Reynolds gets the accolades for the match turning 20 minute cameo but big Sam was equally as destructive as he layed on a try with a short ball any halfback would be proud of before scoring the dagger late himself.

15. Tim Browne (8/10) He provided some impetus on attack with strong charges and scored a nice try running a great line off Kasiano

16. Josh Reynolds (9/10) We all wondered when he would get on and secondly if he would lose his head as previously displayed.  This time, he was unstoppable! backing up from a man of match display in his previous start, Reynolds showed the true quality of being a team player, coming on turning the match with some excellent kick chase, defence and organising skills.

17.  David Klemmer (9/10) he came on early for Graham and got stuck in his work throughout the day with some big charges and no surprises he ran for the most metres of any forward on display in both sides.  He laid a nice foundation for the backs to wreak havoc.

The Doggies are back baby!


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