NRL Rd 15 - Bulldogs v Sharks
NRL Rd 15 - Bulldogs v Sharks

Bulldogs survive another bunker blunder to stun Sharks

The NRL's bunker woes have continued but the Bulldogs have overcome more drama to claim a gutsy 14-12 upset victory over high-flying Cronulla.

With more pressure building on under fire coach Dean Pay throughout the week, Canterbury came and produced another gutsy victory against a side many believe will be one of the real dark horses in the charge to this year's finals series.

The Dogs charged to a 14-0 lead midway through the first half and managed to hold on for only their fourth win of the season.


Dallin Watene-Zelezniak celebrates a try for the Bulldogs. Picture: Getty Images
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak celebrates a try for the Bulldogs. Picture: Getty Images


The Dogs started strongly with Kieran Foran setting up two early tries for Will Hopoate and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak before Foran was forced off after 26 minutes with a hamstring injury.

The Sharks fought back with three unanswered tries but Shaun Johnson failed to land any of his three goal attempts.

The Sharks had plenty of chances but continually came up with fundamental errors and they just didn't have the attitude to match the Dogs.

Despite their lethargic performance, Cronulla very nearly stole a late victory when Jack Williams scooped on a loose ball deep inside his own half and set out after the tryline.

It looked as though he was going to go the distance but the desperation of speedster Reimis Smith and Marcelo Montoya saved the try.

Jack Cogger was outstanding in Foran's absence while youngster Brandon Wakeham replaced Foran and celebrated a win in his debut first grade match.

Earlier, the NRL bunker blunders continued after Cronulla was controversially awarded a try despite a knock-on in the build-up.





Less than two hours after the drama of Warriors winger David Fusitua's four-pointer against the Panthers, the bunker woes continued at ANZ Stadium when Sharks star Shaun Johnson dotted down after pouncing on a loose ball following a charge by back-rower Briton Nikora.

Nikora lost the ball after it was stripped by Corey Harawire-Naera and fumbled it while trying to regather. Replays clearly showed Nikora's left hand come into contact with the ball before it was propelled forward, but the bunker awarded the try to Johnson.