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Dogs slay Dragons

By Wayne Heming 29/02/2004 06:00:43 AM Comments (0)

Scoring machine Hazem El Masri helped the Bulldogs put a week of off-field turmoil in the background with an 18 point haul against St George Illawarra.

The Bulldogs scored five exciting tries in the 30-18 NRL trial win with El Masri's magical boot steering over five from five in front of a vocal crowd of 18,356 at Carrara on the Gold Coast.

Reporters were warned not to ask questions about the club's dramas before Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes fronted the biggest media contingent at a pre-season NRL game.

"I'll cut it off as soon as I get wind of any questions about last weekend, so do yourselves a favour and talk footy," Bulldogs media man and former Canberra and Test lock Bradley Clyde said to the media throng.

Folkes answered questions about his players' performances with the media complying with Clyde's request as he listened into the interview.

Concerns the Bulldogs may struggle to focus due to allegations of sexual assault were dispelled when El Masri scored in just the sixth minute.

His try was set up by a clever around-the-corner off-load by Brett Sherwin who had an impressive game.

El Masri's radar was working early and his sideline conversion gave the Bulldogs an early 6-0 lead.

Dragons winger Nathan Blacklock redeemed himself a few minutes after dropping a difficult pass from centre Mark Gasnier with a try on offer when he plucked a cross field bomb by fullback Ben Hornby from rival Jamaal Lolesi grasp to score out wide.

It was a perfectly weighted Hornby kick which led to the Dragons' second try by forward Dean Young who was unmarked on the right wing to grab an 8-6 lead.

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