World news – AU – As it happened: Bulldogs beat Dockers to snare last finals spot


It’s do-or-die time for the Western Bulldogs. The Dogs need to beat a fast improving Fremantle side in their final game of the home and away season to make the top eight.

The win will look easy on the scoreboard but the Dogs had to defend desperately in the second half to keep Freo at bay.

They also had to respond to a slow start to eventually get their run and handball going.

Aaron Naughton is in hospital with an injury, while Mitch Wallis ended the game on the bench. His shoulder looks sore.

The result tonight means that the Pies must beat Port to avoid playing West Coast in Perth in week one of the finals.

That’s it. Another goal to the Dogs from the centre clearance, through Caleb Daniel and it should be over. He pushed forward well there Daniel and got a nice handball and snapped on the run.

Just as we lament the lack of scoring, Lachie Hunter marks a shanked kick into the forward 50 and converts an easy set shot, after missing two earlier in the game.

The Dogs are trying to lock it down and have absorbed a large amount of pressure on their goal.

Freo still within touching distance if they can sort out their attack, but Bulldogs defending desperately.

The Dogs have got to hold out for one more quarter and if they do, they’re finals bound.

Excellent defensive display from the Western Bulldogs in that quarter. It could be a defensive effort that sees them win this game and therefore play finals.

15-points isn’t enough breathing space, but the Dockers tried hard to get some run going in that quarter and the Dogs held out sensationally well.

There were plenty of last ditch tackles, smothers and blocks close to goal that were crucial.

Bailey Smith crunches a snap at goal from about 40m out to restore the Dogs two goal margin. Dogs well on top in the clinches. Bodes well for them despite being one down on the bench.


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