Montoya claims two tries in Bulldogs’ super victory
9 April, 2017, 12:00 am
A second-half surge has seen the injury-riddled Bulldogs run over the top of the Newcastle Knights 22-12 in a gripping on Friday evening clash at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Lock David Klemmer (ankle) and fullback Brad Abbey (concussion) played no part in the second half as their teammates recovered from a 6-0 deficit to clinch their second win on the trot after a difficult start to the season.
Matt Frawley continued his dream start as a first-grader with a try and an assist in the second half to strengthen claims that he should be the Bulldogs’ No.7 going forward.
It was a tough loss for Newcastle given they had totally dominated the match with a 6-0 cushion approaching the half-time break.
The Knights should have extended their lead in the 40th minute but Brock Lamb inexplicably threw a dummy with a teammate unmarked on his outside, and it would prove to be costly as the Bulldogs went the length of the field from the following set to score through Brenko Lee as the half-time siren sounded in the background.
It would prove to be the turning point as the Bulldogs scored again from the opening set of the second half with fill-in halfback Frawley going through the line to score the first try of his career.
There was no stopping the visitors who moved further in front in the 50th minute when Marcelo Montoya finished off a quick shift to the right edge after Moses Mbye had made huge inroads on the previous play.
The Knights looked like they had pegged one back through Dane Gagai but his effort was ruled out after Sione Mata’utia had impeded the defence by making contact that was deemed illegal.
There was no doubt over Canterbury’s next effort as Frawley produced a magical cut-out ball to hit Josh Morris on the chest to send the centre-come-winger over for a crucial try.