SCG to move into top four under the heavy rain
The Bulldogs led for most of the game on Saturday, despite conceding the first 13 points. They fought back after Sydney regained the lead in the last quarter to score an 11.11 (77) to 10.13 (73) win. Easton Wood kicked the final goal from about a meter out with just under six minutes to go, to end the Bulldogs’ six-match losing streak against the Swans and secure their first win at the SCG in four attempts and six years. It was a well-deserved win for the Bulldogs, who led by 14 at the first change and 11 at the other breaks.
They were up by as many as 21 in the second quarter, but Sydney hit the front 73-69 in the fourth quarter after scoring the first 15 points of the period. Marcus Bontempelli, Tom Boyd, Stewart Crameri and Mitch Honeychurch all kicked two goals for the Bulldogs, with Luke Picken amassing 32 possessions and Luke Dahlhaus 27. Lance Franklin kicked three for Sydney, with fellow forwards Kurt Tippett and Adam Goodes each booting two for Sydney. Dan Hannebery was outstanding for the Swans, tallying 37 touches and 11 tackles, while Mike Pyke logged 59 hitouts, which Sydney won 75-36. The win lifts the Bulldogs to 4-1 and drops Sydney to 3-2. Goodes tallied 12 touches in his comeback game, but was well held by Fletcher Roberts. Sydney replaced Sam Reid in their starting side after the swingman suffered a calf injury in training on Thursday.