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Bulldogs too strong for Raiders

By Ben Walker 27/02/2010 11:52:09 PM Comments (0)

Canterbury coach Kevin Moore was a relieved man in more ways than one after his side's rugged 22-12 NRL trial win against a gallant Canberra in Dubbo on Saturday night.

In front of a crowd in excess of 8,000 people at Apex Oval, the Bulldogs stretched their way out to a 22-0 lead with just under half an hour to go but ground out the win after conceding two late tries.

Hooker Michael Ennis was the spark for the Bulldogs, constantly threatening out of dummy-half while out wide Josh Morris looked threatening whenever he got the ball and crossed for a spectacular try off a deflected bomb.

The Bulldogs escaped almost injury free from the tough contest, with winger Bryson Goodwin (toe) the only concern.

Goodwin limped off the field halfway through the first half and never returned, however Moore believes the flyer will be fine for round one.

"He's got a bit of a toe injury and there's the possibility of a fracture there so we will just get it checked out tomorrow and see how he is," Moore said.

"We had a couple of blokes get injured last week so the last thing we wanted was another couple of injuries tonight and, Bryson aside, we got through.

"I thought it was pretty impressive tonight.

"We led 22-0 with about 15 minutes to go and then we took Noddy and Mick Ennis off so things got a bit scrappy."

In the Raiders room, there is concern over a knee injury to representative forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, who came off after twisting in a Ben Hannant tackle.

Learoyd-Lahrs is expected to miss the opening couple of rounds of the NRL season however an MRI scan in coming days will reveal the full extent of the injury.

"Thankfully it doesn't seem to serious," Learoyd-Lahrs said.

"I'll get it checked out when we get home and see but it's not the ideal way to start the season."

Raiders coach David Furner praised his side's aggression and admitted costly mistakes close to the Bulldogs line were to blame for the result.

"We should have done a lot more given the opportunities we had, Furner said.

"But we have a fortnight to work on that and we showed some good signs out there late in the match.

"It was an improvement from last week against Brisbane and we will keep working to improve before round one."

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