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Wests Tigers have gone down 30-10 to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in their Round 24 clash on a wet Thursday night at ANZ Stadium.

Forced to field somewhat of a makeshift side due to a raft of injuries, Mick Potter’s men were simply outplayed by their opponents inside the opening 30 minutes of the match, and were unable to bounce back from the 24-point half-time deficit — despite a much stronger performance throughout the second half, which they eventually won.

Wests Tigers came close to posting the first points of the night when Mitch Moses kicked across field for Sitaleki Akauola, but the bounce of the ball evaded the second-rower playing on the wing, and trickled dead in-goal. That gave the Bulldogs the opportunity to march down field, and after a piggy-back penalty, soon posted first points of the night in the 11th minute as Josh Jackson charged on to a well-timed short ball from Trent Hodkinson.

The halfback added the extras from out wide to push the lead to 6-0.