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Bulldogs thumped 36-12 by Warriors

15/07/2011 10:18:04 PM Comments (0)

Canterbury skipper Andrew Ryan said his players felt responsible after their week from hell continued with a demoralising 36-12 NRL thumping at the hands of the Warriors in Auckland on Friday.

The Bulldogs, who were being coached by Jim Dymock after Kevin Moore's resignation on Thursday, squandered a 12-0 lead as the powerful Warriors trampled their guests with 36 unanswered points.

"We're a unit together. We don't split ourselves as coaching staff, or as players, or as administrators. Were all in it together," Ryan said.

"We're all held accountable for the results.

"We just can't keep turning up and doing that. We need to have a look at ourselves. Effort isn't enough in the NRL, you have to execute and if you don't you get beaten convincingly and that's what happened tonight."

Canterbury has now lost eight of their past 10 matches and are in crisis mode with seven weeks left in the season after slumping to 11th spot on the ladder.

To make matters worse, the Bulldogs could face a fine after Parramatta-bound playmaker Ben Roberts, named in the official team sheet on the bench, switched places with starting five-eighth Chris Keating - an illegal manoeuvre the Warriors were penalised $1000 for earlier this year.

Roberts pin-point boot not instigated the Bulldogs' two first-half strikes to Jonathan Wright and Steve Turner.

But that was as good as it got for the Dogs.

Cleary who recently announced he was leaving the Warriors for Penrith next year admitted his side was wary of the Bulldogs.

"We got here wondering about the new coach syndrome and they certainly started well," Cleary said. To go down 12-0 and then the rain came, it was exactly what we didn't want. But the boys stuck to the game-plan and we shut them out in the second-half, so very happy."

Once the Warriors got a share of possession they never looked back, securing back-to-back victories and maintaining their top eight spot.

Promising back-rower Elijah Taylor scored the first of the home sides six tries as he powered through a gaping hole inside Jamal Idris.

The collared Dogs lost the venom and spark from their opening burst.

They fell off tackles and five-eighth James Maloney, who had a 16-point haul, took full advantage as he scored from a run-around with skipper Simon Mannering to level it up in the 29th minute.

Lance Hohaia went straight through a stagnant Kris Keating from dummy-half to break the 12-12 halftime deadlock, just five minutes after the interval.

Soon after, Idris was placed on report for an innocuous swinging arm on Feleti Mateo in the 46th minute.

In his 50th match for the Warriors, Aaron Heremaia picked the opportune moment for a brace and his first try was one to remember.

A 50-metre scoot from the ruck was highlighted with a sweet left-foot step to leave an off-colour Ben Barba clutching at air.

Mateo charged on to a Shaun Johnson short ball to crash over for the ultimate killer blow that broke the `Dogs' back in front of 12,012 fans.

Despite the tough introduction to first-grade as a head coach, Dymock offered no excuses for the loss and wanted to retain the job long-term.

"We've got seven games to go and I'm a realist. The easiest way for me to get the job is to stay in it. I'm happy for this opportunity to coach the Bulldogs. Hopefully the boys can dig in and well see what happens."

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