After being labelled 'brain dead' by coach Steve Folkes last week, Canterbury Bulldogs stamped their authority early in the game this afternoon, never letting the Newcastle Knights properly into the match, taking a convincing victory at Telstra Stadium by 30-16.
In front of a crowd close to 13,000 the Bulldogs scored a total of 5 tries to show their fans just what they are capable of in 2007. Star winger El Masri not only scored a try, but has now kick 24 goals in succession and reached another milestone in his outstanding career by scoring 1910 - becoming just the sixth player in rugby league history to pass 1900 point mark.
Newcastle lost Jarrod Mullen just before the game, and had to reshuffle their line-up. They were behind the eight ball early in the match as a determined Bulldogs outfit set up the first of fullback Luke Patten's tr