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Twal concussed in first minute against the Bulldogs

Wests Tigers have suffered a 36-12 defeat to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at CommBank Stadium.

Brett Kimmorley's side were forced to play with sixteen men for the duration of the match and fought bravely against the run of possession in the first half, but couldn't match the fresh legs of the Bulldogs in the second half.

After being promoted to the starting lineup, Alex Twal was forced from the field with concussion in the opening minute of play.

The Bulldogs were provided with two early chances to attack the line, but some strong Wests Tigers defence produced a pair of errors.

The home side eventually hit the scoreboard through former Wests Tigers hooker Jeremy Marshall-King, who ducked over on the back of three consecutive sets.

It wasn't long before the visitors hit back, with David Nofoaluma catching a crossfield kick and muscling his way past several defenders to score an incredible try.

Luke Brooks converted the try from the sideline to tie the match, but Jake Averillo soon crashed over to take back the lead for his side.

Despite holding 65% of possession in the first half, the margin remained at six points as both teams entered the sheds.

Both sides went set for set to start the second period before a fortunate pass from Jacob Kiraz allowed Jake Averillo to complete his double.

Jacob Kiraz then crossed to extend the Bulldogs' lead to eighteen points, before Kurtis Morrin scored on debut and Aaron Schoupp ran away with a length of the field intercept.

A late line breakĀ from Jacob Liddle saw Paul Vaughan sent to the sin bin and James Tamou was able to capitalise on the man advantage to snare a consolation try.

In positive news for Wests Tigers supporters, Adam Doueihi made a successful return to the field after ten months on the sidelines following an ACL injury.

He'll be aiming for a return to the starting squad when the team travels to Auckland in two weeks to play against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.

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