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Saturday, June 19, 2010

NRL Double Header: Second is Sometimes Best

In front of over 42,000 fans, the NRL Double Header held at Suncorp Stadium was again an amazing success. For the fans that stayed after enduring the first game, the second game was the better one on the night, with bigger collisions, faster pace but still some dreadful handling. They also saw a game with a bit of drama and an inspired performance from Ben Barba, the Bulldogs interchange player.

The Titans were all over the Bulldogs and then suffered a major deal in losing Scott Prince with a major hamstring tear in the 29th minute of the first half. The Titans led 24-6 just five minutes after the commencement of the second half, but it was the injection of live-wire Ben Barba that gave the Doggies and thier fans a sniff. Pouncing on a perfect Michael Ennis grubber to score was Barba first impact. After that, a break down the right side of the field, before slipping a pass to Jamal Idris, who crashed over, brought the Dogs within a converted try.

A 75th minute field goal gave the Titans some breathing space with a seven point lead, breathing space they needed as Barba and Idris combined again for Barba's second try with sixty seconds left, leaving the scorleine as 25-24.

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