Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans
Round 12, 2011
The Bulldogs scored a commanding 28-6 win at Suncorp Stadium in Round 12 last year in a match where very little went right for the Gold Coast side.
The signs were bad early on when Canterbury back-rower Frank Pritchard stormed his way across the line twice in the first seven minutes for a 12-0 lead before the Titans embarked on a string of near misses. They included Preston Campbell failing to ground a Scott Prince grubber, Mark Minichiello dropping the ball over the line, four players being held up over the line, Michael Henderson being called back for an obstruction and Greg Bird being denied for a knock-on in the lead-up.
In the meantime, Canterbury piled on the points with two Steve Turner penalty goals giving them a 16-0 half-time lead. The winger added to his tally shortly after the break when he touched down out wide.
A Josh Morris try with 11 minutes remaining sealed the deal before the Gold Coast finally troubled the scoreboard in the 75th minute when Matt Srama broke through to send Scott Prince across.
The completion rates told the story, with the Bulldogs completing 82 per cent of their sets compared to 60 per cent from the Gold Coast.
Canterbury forwards Andrew Ryan and Michael Hodgson impressed with 121 and 125 metres respectively and 33 tackles apiece, while the Titans were well served by winger David Mead who ran for 154 metres.