Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Round 7, 2011
Ben Barba bagged two tries as the Bulldogs ran out 36-24 winners at ANZ Stadium in Round 7 last year.
Four tries in the opening 40 minutes saw the ’Dogs take a commanding 20-6 lead to the sheds at halftime before the Rabbitohs scored twice in seven minutes for a 20-18 scoreline with 19 minutes to play. But then Souths lost Sam Burgess to a serious knee injury.
Immediately thereafter the Bulldogs put the contest to bed with three rapid-fire tries – and Barba was instrumental in each. First he made a long break downfield, with prop Aiden Tolman steaming onto a pass from the ensuing play-the-ball to score; next he managed a late offload for Steve Turner to cross untouched; and finally he streaked down the left edge to score his second try of the night.
Nathan Merritt latched onto a Dave Taylor offload to score a consolation try in the dying moments.
Aside from Barba the home side was well served by Tolman (24 hit-ups and 194 metres plus three offloads) and now-retired captain Andrew Ryan (149 metres). Roy Asotasi made 141 metres up the guts for the red and green.