NRL Round 18 – Match 4 Results: Canterbury Bulldogs 20 v 18 Melbourne Storm

The Bulldogs put the bite on Melbourne in another close match, holding on to defeat the Storm 20 – 18 at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night in front of 13,300 fans.

There is still hope for Canterbury to pay out on the make the top eight bets fans placed at early in the season, as they strung together three straight wins for the first time this season.

The win ignited hope for Canterbury to pay out on the ‘Make the Top 8’ bets fans placed at early in the season

Melbourne were bruised and battered after last Wednesday night’s Origin and the Dogs took advantage, with a late penalty kick giving them the two points they needed to win.

There were plenty of early points with the Storm’s Brett Finch first to score in the 12th minute after dodging Dog’s fullback Luke Patten and diving over; Greg Inglis converted the try to give them the early lead.

The Bulldogs gave a quick reply, Bryson Goodwin scoring just five minutes later after the Doggie’s young gun Jamal Idris ran down the field before offloading, Goodwin converting his own try to tie the score six all.

In the 21st minute star fullback Billy Slater scored Melbourne’s second off a Cooper Cronk kick, skipper Cameron Smith booting it through the posts to give the Storm the lead.

It didn’t last long though as Idris charged over the line after leaping up to latch onto a Brett Kimmorley high ball in the 25th minute and Goodwin’s conversion locked them at 12 points all heading to the sheds.

The Dogs nearly scored another in the first half when Tim Winitana got over, but a mistake from Idris saw the try disallowed, the centre penalised for holding.

Canterbury were first to score in the second half when Shane Neumann got one down, again set up by Idris, in the 49th minute. Goodwin made it three from three to give the Bulldogs the lead by six.

It was a tight and tense next 20 minutes, with Luke Patten leaving the field in the 67th minute after a gallant tackle on Matt Duffie that saw Patten knocked unconscious.

The game moved into the final 10 minutes then in the 73rd minute the Bulldogs were given a penalty, Goodwin kicking it through the posts to give them a total of 20 points.

A gallant end saw the Storm’s Sika Manu score a late 76th minute four-pointer converted by Smith, but it was too late as the penalty goal proved the winning two points for the Bulldogs.

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