Trent Hodkinson (centre) celebrates with Bulldogs team mates Josh Reynolds (left) and Tony Williams.
Trent Hodkinson (centre) celebrates with Bulldogs team mates Josh Reynolds (left) and Tony Williams. Mark Metcalfe getty IMAGES

Bulldogs snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

THE Bulldogs became the first side in NRL history to win three games in a row by one point after a thrilling come-from-behind 15-14 victory over South Sydney at ANZ Stadium yesterday.

A bumper crowd of 43,255 was treated to a Good Friday thriller which was won by Trent Hodkinson's drop-goal two minutes from time as the game appeared to be headed to golden point extra-time.

Hodkinson also kicked the winning field goal last week against the Warriors and was the hero again yesterday, kicking two conversions and a penalty to be perfect with the boot.

The win was the Dogs' fourth in a row and took them to the top of the ladder.

In a tight first half, it took until the 31st minute for the deadlock to be broken, with Adam Reynolds giving the Rabbitohs the lead with a penalty.

Englishman Sam Burgess crossed from close range to stretch the lead just before the break with Reynolds converting to make it 8-0 at half-time.

A Mitch Brown try and a sideline conversion from Hodkinson narrowed the gap to 8-6 early in the second half before Souths skipper John Sutton barged over and Reynolds converted to give them the lead back.

Winger Corey Thompson hit back with a try for the Dogs with Hodkinson again on target from wide out before the halfback levelled the scores with another penalty.

Reynolds then missed a field goal with five minutes left as Souths went for the win before Hodkinson struck his effort between the uprights to seal a remarkable win with two minutes left.


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