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Bulldogs win Jersey Flegg Cup

Bulldogs break 20-year drought in Jersey Flegg (Photo : Steve Montgomery)
Bulldogs break 20-year drought in Jersey Flegg (Photo : Steve Montgomery)

Bulldogs win Jersey Flegg Cup

Author : Tayla Micallef NSWRL Media

Bulldogs win Jersey Flegg Cup

Bulldogs break 20-year drought in Jersey Flegg

Canterbury Bulldogs celebrate their Jersey Flegg title. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Canterbury Bulldogs celebrate their Jersey Flegg title. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have won their first Jersey Flegg Cup premiership since 2003 after defeating the Sydney Roosters 22-20 in today’s Grand Final at CommBank Stadium.

The Bulldogs reaffirmed their reputation as the most successful club in the Jersey Flegg Cup, having now won 10 premierships since the competition started in 1961.

Bulldogs captain Joseph O’Neill was named Player of the Match for his impressive kicking game that proved a challenge for the Roosters outside backs.

“We knew we had to go out there and better in the second half,” O’Neill told NSWRL TV.

“The last 10 minutes we didn’t give up, it was really good.

“It could have gone both ways but I’m glad we were the ones to come away with the win.”

Player of the Match: Bulldogs captain Joseph O'Neill. Photo: Bryden Sharp

Player of the Match: Bulldogs captain Joseph O’Neill. Photo: Bryden Sharp

Both teams started the game strong, testing one another with and without ball in hand.

The Roosters were the first to open the scoring after fullback Owen Flaherty fired a nice cut-out pass for his winger Xavier Chatfield-Mooka to dive over in the corner.

The Bulldogs hit back soon after with tries to winger Jordi Mazzone and back-rower Harry Hayes to take their team out to a 10-4 lead.

With the Bulldogs knocking the ball on off the kick-off, it placed the tricolours 20 meters out from their line with a full attacking set.

Off the back of some quick passing from the Roosters right edge, Chatfield-Mooka crossed over for his second try of the day.

The Roosters found themselves out in front in the 32nd minute through Tayson Fakosi who crashed passed defenders to score right next to the posts.

Tia successfully kicked the conversion to re-take the lead 14-10.

Starting the second half behind on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs spine combined to create an overlap for centre Danny Gabrael to score. Papalii added the extra two points to place the ‘Dogs back out in front 16-14.

After being held up in the in-goal area twice, Mazzone finally found the try line to cross over for his second try of the day.

The Roosters hit back in the 63rd minute through forward Salesi Foketi who powered his way to the line to now have this team trailing 22-20 with seven minutes remaining.

Late errors from the Roosters and strong defence from the Bulldogs in the final moments of the game, saw the blue and white seal the win – their first in two decades.

“It’s been 20 years since the last Flegg premiership, it means a lot to the club as well as the team,” Bulldogs coach Luke Vella told nswrl.com.au.

“We spent a lot of time at training on defence and effort areas, and they were sometimes where we needed our team to step up and they did.

“Hats off to the team, they bought into everything we spoke about, and they can now enjoy themselves.

“They are just a good group of boys, so I am just so happy to be their coach and I am very proud of their efforts today.”

JERSEY FLEGG Gallery

Roosters winger Xavier Chatfield-Mooka scores a try. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Roosters winger Xavier Chatfield-Mooka scores a try. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Zac Montgomery hits it up for Canterbury. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Zac Montgomery hits it up for Canterbury. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Bulldogs winger Jordi Mazzone. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Bulldogs winger Jordi Mazzone. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Harry Hayes scores for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Harry Hayes scores for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Alan Holten passes for the Roosters Photo: Steve Montgomery

Alan Holten passes for the Roosters Photo: Steve Montgomery

Bulldogs captain and player of the match Joseph O'Neill. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Bulldogs captain and player of the match Joseph O’Neill. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Alan Holten passes to Taylor Losalu. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Alan Holten passes to Taylor Losalu. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Cassius Tia kicks for the Roosters. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Cassius Tia kicks for the Roosters. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Roosters backrower Max McCathie. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Roosters backrower Max McCathie. Photo: Steve Montgomery

The Bulldogs are 2023 Club Champions. Photo: Steve Montgomery

The Bulldogs are 2023 Club Champions. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Joyful Bulldog Harry Hayes (No.11) rides the celebrating pack . Photo: Steve Montgomery

Joyful Bulldog Harry Hayes (No.11) rides the celebrating pack . Photo: Steve Montgomery

Joyful Bulldog Harry Hayes (No.11) rides the celebrating pack . Photo: Steve Montgomery

Joyful Bulldog Harry Hayes (No.11) rides the celebrating pack . Photo: Steve Montgomery

Zac Montgomery (No.17) jumps for joy at full time. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Zac Montgomery (No.17) jumps for joy at full time. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Joseph O'Neill kicks for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Joseph O’Neill kicks for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Joash Papalii for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Joash Papalii for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Jordan Swann runs it for the Roosters. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Jordan Swann runs it for the Roosters. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Karl Oloapu for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Karl Oloapu for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Karl Oloapu for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

Karl Oloapu for the Bulldogs. Photo: Steve Montgomery

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