Bulldogs extinguish the Dragons' fire
ST GEORGE bowed out of the Australian Rugby League semi-finals in controversial circumstances against the Sydney Bulldogs yesterday. The Dragons hotly contested the late try to prop Dean Pay that saw the Bulldogs win a drama-charged elimination clash 12-8.
Saints skipper Mark Coyne claimed one of the Bulldog players prevented him from tackling Pay as he charged over out wide. 'I was trying to tackle Pay when one of his teammates impeded me,' Coyne said. 'It was definitely obstruction, but what can you do? The try has been awarded and we are now out of the finals.' Despite the controversy, the Bulldogs deserved their win after a marvellous defensive effort in wet conditions.
Sydney's month-long dry spell ended in a splash, with heavy rain all day making it a testing time for the players. Just two tries were scored - the first by St George's Anthony Mundine just before half-time and Pay's late in the game. The goal kicking of Bulldogs' winger Daryl Halligan, who landed all four shots at goal, proved the difference.
Bulldogs coach Chris Anderson was delighted with his team's defensive effort. In Brisbane last night defending champions Canberra scored a hard-fought 14-8 win over the Brisbane Broncos at Lang Park.
Canberra trailed by six points within minutes of the kick-off but had taken a narrow 7-6 lead by half-time and skipped out to a 13-6 break early in the second half.