The Canterbury Bulldogs’ season from hell hit a fresh new low on Saturday afternoon as the side slumped to a 36-0 deficit at halftime.
Led by the NRL’s form player, Tom Trbojevic, the Sea Eagles ripped through the blue-and-whites, scoring tries at will all over the park.
Des Hasler’s outfit looked set to smash its record for biggest win over the Bulldogs (38 points in 1954) as Trbojevic crossed the chalk three times in 14 minutes.
Toafofoa Sipley got in on the action with a first-half double, while left winger Reuben Garrick also got his name on the score sheet in the first stanza.
Starved of chances with the ball and seemingly illiterate without it, the Bulldogs buckled as Turbo terrorised.
The Bulldogs racked up 26 missed tackles in the first half to Manly’s two as the northern beaches boys took full advantage of the inexperienced Doggies’ poor defensive reads.
The match marked the ninth occasion this season the Dogs had conceded more than 30 points, and the seventh time they had gone into halftime scoreless.
It was Canterbury’s biggest halftime deficit in the Origin era (1980 onwards).
“They need to fix up that left edge, it’s all over the shop at the moment,” said premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan.
NRL pundits unleashed on the young side on social media as well.
This isn’t NRL #NRLManlyBulldogs
This is a deadset training run for Manly. No crowd, no resistance in the opposition's defence and some music playing over the speaker at the end of each set after they find the line. #NRLBulldogsManly
Dogs have no structure … this is U10’s shit #NRLBulldogsManly
“Manly are absolutely manhandling the Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium,” said Fox League’s Yvonne Sampson at halftime.
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