Illawarra title defence at an end

Jacob Hind wrestles with the Canterbury defence on Sunday
Jacob Hind wrestles with the Canterbury defence on Sunday

Illawarra's ISP premiership defence is over after suffering a 32-14 loss to the Canterbury at UOW Jubilee Oval on Sunday.

Illawarra secured the early points through Patrick Herbert in the seventh minute and they had their second try when a Jai Field break led to a four-pointer for Izaac Thompson.

An error from ensuing kick-off allowed the Bulldogs to score in the 26th minute through skipper Tyrone Phillips.

Illawarra's two-point lead at halftime was short-lived with Bulldogs winger Tom Carr intercepting a Matt Dufty pass and running 90 metres to score in the 43rd minute.

Two more  tries to Lachlan Lewis and Brad Abbey saw Illawarra staring down the barrel of a 16-point deficit. An ugly kick from Dufty paid dividends in the 65th minute with Jordan Pereira crossing out wide.

The Bulldogs extended their lead via a Rhyse Martin penalty goal soon after before Abbey's second try rounded out the scoring.


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