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Dogs show mongrel in downing Hawks

By Sam Lienert 05/06/2005 07:27:26 PM Comments (0)

The Western Bulldogs showed class and character to overcome the early loss of Chris Grant and comfortably beat Hawthorn, but were left ruing the long-term cost.

Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade lauded his players after the 17.9 (111) to 13.11 (89) win at Telstra Dome.

But with Grant off after two minutes, and set to miss up to eight matches with a damaged knee medial ligament, Adam Morgan (hamstring strain) following minutes later and Daniel Giansiracusa expected to miss six games with a torn finger tendon, Eade said the Bulldogs faced a tough few months.

"The injuries, they're going to hurt us at times, no doubt," Eade said.

"With (Luke Darcy already out for the season) and Grant out, your two key players and Gia's probably in front in our best and fairest.

"But I think we're starting to see there's a bit of character amongst the group."

The Bulldogs' superiority was through the skill of their running players and quick movement.

Veteran midfielder Scott West led the way, thrashing in-form Hawk ball-winner Sam Mitchell.

Daniel Cross worked hard in the midfield, Jordan McMahon showed dash from half-back and Adam Cooney's strong kicking was influential.

Matthew Robbins, with four goals, and Daniel Giansiracusa, with three, provided the finishing touches, with youngsters Farren Ray and Ryan Griffen also exciting fans with their skills.

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