Inu talent on display in Bulldogs’ victory

NO GO: Reni Maitua of the Bulldogs is tackled by Sea Eagles players at ANZ Stadium in Sydney last night.
NO GO: Reni Maitua of the Bulldogs is tackled by Sea Eagles players at ANZ Stadium in Sydney last night. Mark Nolan Getty Images

IT WAS the Krisnan Inu show at ANZ Stadium last night, with some freakish plays securing a thrilling 23-16 win for the Bulldogs over the Sea Eagles.

After booting a freakish 65m drop-out, which veteran caller Ray Warren described as the biggest one he had ever seen, the Kiwi and Samoan international then scored an outstanding try.

It put the hosts up 12-6 in the 36th minute, after Manly's Dunamis Lui and Canterbury's James Graham traded four-pointers, from close range.

Inu beat three defenders after an amazing left-foot step to score from 20m out.

Manly hit back when an assist from Brett Stewart put youngster Clinton Gutherson over, but Stewart's air swing at a Michael Ennis grubber saw Corey Thompson score and gave Canterbury a 16-10 lead.

The Sea Eagles refused to die when Justin Horo scored off a Mitch Brown error on the hour, but the Bulldogs secured their surprise victory with a Michael Ennis field goal, and five minutes left on the clock.

Ennis then scored a speculative try in the final seconds to cap a great game, after good hands from Tim Browne saw him swoop on a loose ball and deliver the final pass to his delighted captain.

BULLDOGS 23 (J Graham, K Inu, C Thompson, M Ennis tries; K Inu 3 goals; M Ennis field goal)

SEA EAGLES 16 (D Lui, C Gutherson, J Horo tries; J Lyon 2 goals).

At ANZ Stadium last night.

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