NRL: Brett Morris capped a sensational return to the NRL with a hat-trick for the Bulldogs in their 40-14 win over Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium.
TONY Williams last night admitted Des Hasler had given him the “kick in the arse’’ he needed after the beast they call T-Rex combined with the brutes of Belmore to destroy the Broncos in an ANZ Stadium bashing.
In a stunning display that saw Brett Morris return to land a scorching hat-trick as the Bulldogs ran riot in a 40-14 thumping, Williams terrorised the Broncos in a battering that saw six Bulldogs behemoths make more than 100m in bone busting display that saw the biggest forward pack in the NRL bust more than 20 tackles.
Sam Kasiano, David Klemmer and Tony Williams all scored tries in the performance that put the Bulldogs back into the premiership race.
Dropped from the NRL for four weeks and shopped to rival clubs, Williams hit back by backing up a solid last start to produce his best game for the Bulldogs.
“I did that for myself,’’ Williams said.
“I don’t really listen to them (the critics) and that was for me, my family and my team. It is just a relief. The months of was tough but was a blessing. I needed to make some changes and I have.’’
Williams scored a 29th minute try and ran 126 meters as the Bulldogs blasted the flat Broncos with a crushing performance in the middle.
“It was the kick in the arse I needed,’’ Williams said.
“I knew I was playing up to standard and to be honest I had not confidence. I had to look at my game and found ways to get through it.’’
Williams was just one of the big men who wrecked havoc on the premiership hot-shots last night with Sam Kasiano scoring two tries and David Klemmer making up for his Origin wall punch by ragdolling four Broncos to score.
Kasiano’s 38th minute try was a spectacular slam dunking effort that saw the 130kg forward turn superman to leap over three defenders from dummy half to score the try that sent the Bulldogs to the break with a 10-4 lead.
“Yep that was pretty spectacular,’’ said Bulldogs captain James Graham.
“He slam dunked it down. I thank Sam is the only player that could have scored that one.’’
Graham was equal to any of his try scoring forward brethren, running a staggering 206mm to just be shaded by Aiden Tolman’s iron man effort of 223m.
Morris stole the show outwide with the winger returning from a knee injury to score a hat-trick in his first game of the year.
He showed he had lost none of his trademark speed when he raced 40m to score his third try in the 70 minute and proved he can give the Bulldogs back the strike power they have missed.
“Three tries?’’ Morris said.
“I couldn’t ask for a better comeback. But it was just nice to be back out there with the boys and get the win. It was frustrating to be out but the injury was what it was. I dealt with it and it is good now. It was nice to test it out in a game environment and I think I came through. My game has always been paced on my pace and I think I was able to blow out the cobwebs.’’
Coach Des Hasler refused to talk up the win while Broncos coach Wayne Bennett was not concerned by the heavy defeat.