THE FINALS - Kiwis on fire for Bulldogs
Sunday 23 September 2012 7:56 PM
Kiwi internationals totally dominated the scoring in the second NRL preliminary final between the minor premiership-winning Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and South Sydney on Saturday night.
Like Friday night’s Melbourne-Manly clash, the contest finished up one-sided on the scoreboard with the Bulldogs prevailing 32-8 to advance to a grand final showdown with Melbourne.
What stood out in Saturday night’s clash was the impact New Zealand players had on the score sheet; rarely have Kiwis been so influential in the points-scoring action a match of such importance.
The Bulldogs went into the match with no fewer than five Kiwi internationals in their 17-man squad with Sam Perrett on the right wing, Krisnan Inu his centre partner on the right edge and prop Sam Kasiano, second rower Frank Pritchard and loose forward Greg Eastwood all starting on the forwards. Souths had three New Zealanders in hooker Issac Luke, prop Roy Asotasi and interchange forward Eddy Pettybourne.
In the end five of the eight Kiwis on show featured among the try-scorers with Bulldogs winger Jonathan Wright the only non-New Zealander to claim one of the seven tries scored on the night. Perrett finished with two while Inu, Pritchard and Eastwood scored three of the Bulldogs’ other four tries; Luke crossed for the Rabbitohs’ only try. Inu also provided four goals from seven attempts meaning the Kiwis accounted for 32 of the 40 points scored.
Their other individual statistics were impressive, too. Perrett made 182 metres from 19 runs and Inu 184 from 16. Kasiano had only 36 minutes of the field but was imposing in all he did, making 61 metres from seven carries including five tackle breaks. Pritchard made 102 metres from nine runs while Eastwood was exceptional gaining 149 metres from nine runs, coming up with two try assists and making three tackle breaks.