Bull­dogs fall short

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE Western Bull­dogs shaky premier­ship de­fence re­ceived an­other mas­sive blow last night af­ter be­ing hum­bled by the GWS Gi­ants 16.9.105- 7.15.57 at Eti­had Sta­dium.

Four straight wins had got the Bull­dogs fi­nals hopes back on track but they mis­fired badly last night and man­aged just one goal for the en­tire sec­ond half.

The Bull­dogs’ prob­lems will con­tinue off the field with Toby Greene re­ported for mak­ing con­tact to Luke Dahlhaus’ face with his boot.

Gi­ants tall for­ward Jonathon Pat­ton as­serted his phys­i­cal pres­ence in­side 50 early on in the open­ing quar­ter, boot­ing three goals.

Travis Cloke and Jake Stringer were quiet for the Bull­dogs as the Gi­ants cap­i­talised to lead by ten af­ter at the first break.

The Dogs dom­i­nated the sec­ond stanza to wrench the game back to their favour and vet­eran Bob Mur­phy claimed a goal.

Greene hit the score­board and his heavy in­flu­ence helped the 2016 pre­miers to close the gap to just four points at the long break.

Dahlhaus headed straight for the rooms, bleed­ing from the mouth, but the Gi­ants had all of the play fol­low­ing the con­tro­ver­sial in­ci­dent and flexed their mus­cle to be well in con­trol for the re­main­der of the match.

Gi­ants star Jonathon Pat­ton.

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