The home side lost second-rower Simon Dwyer early in the first half with a neck/shoulder injury that saw him later taken to hospital for precautionary scans after experiencing pins and needles.
The opening 10 minutes saw Wests Tigers stand up in defence as the Bulldogs enjoyed a wealth of possession inside their quarter. Their cause wasn't helped when a tough call against centre Tim Simona saw the Bulldogs get a penalty after referee Matt Cecchin ruled he had deliberately punched the ball out of his hands.
A minute later, Wests Tigers second-rower Simon Dwyer went down in trying to make a tackle 10 metres out from his line. Dwyer left the field.
Bulldogs second-rower Frank Pritchard lost control of the ball in trying to score a metre from the tryline in the 21st minute. The ball was knocked loose by full-back Wade McKinnon.
The weight of posession finally told when Pritchard was put into open space after the ball was shifted left for the second-rower to score out wide. Winger Steve Turner converted the try for a 6-0 lead after 27 minutes.
Wests Tigers had one two attacking raids inside the Bulldogs quarter in the final minutes but to no avail with the visitors taking a 6-0 lead at half-time.
A knock on by McvKinnon in front of his own tryline in the 54th minute gave the Bulldogs a scrum win 10 metres out.
The Bulldogs took advantage of the mistake when half-back Trent Hodkinson put through a grubber kick for full-back Ben Barba to beat McKinnon to the ball to score in the 55th minute.
Turner failed to convert the try for a 10-0 lead.
Wests forward Liam Fulton was held up over the line in a four man tackle in the 64th minute. On the next tackle, a Robbie Farah grubber kick was defused by Barba.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 14-0 in the 67th minute when McKinnon lost control of a Kris Keating grubber kick for centre Josh Morris to score out wide. Turner converted the try for a 16-0 lead.
Wests Tigers got on the board in the 77th minute when Farah kicked the ball through in soccer style fashion from dummy half for Tim Moltzen to dive on to score. Jacob Miller converted the try for his first points in the NRL to leave Wests Tigers trailing 16-6.
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