Ray Cashmere of the Tigers is tackled during the round 18 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium
Ray Cashmere of the Tigers is tackled during the round 18 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium Cameron Spencer - Getty Images

Barba stars in Bulldogs win

CANTERBURY proved quickest to the trigger in a shootout at the Sydney Football Stadium with Ben Barba the ultimate gunslinger in the 32-20 win over Wests Tigers on Friday night.

Barba was the star of the show as Josh Morris and Josh Reynolds scored doubles, the two sides trading try for try over an enthralling second stanza which left the Tigers in danger of dropping out of the top eight.

They will do so if the Warriors beat Gold Coast on Sunday after Barba set up three tries and scored another to show he would not have been out of place had Queensland coach Mal Meninga given him a start in Wednesday night's decider.

Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis told Grandstand he was pleased to have claimed an important scalp despite Canterbury's slow start to the match.

"Coming off a bye we expect better than that," Ennis said.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.


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