Luke Thompson on scoresheet in impressive return for Bulldogs despite defeat

Luke Thompson celebrated his first NRL appearance of the season with a quality try - but at the end of the day it counted for nothing as the Canterbury Bulldogs were crushed at home 52-18 by champions Melbourne Storm on Saturday.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 8:29 am
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 8:30 am
Luke Thompson of the Bulldogs celebrates scoring a try during the round five NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at Stadium Australia

The former Saints' prop forward, who missed the first four rounds of the competition due to suspension, said: ''It was awesome to get out there and also brush off the cobwebs but obviously, like my team-mates, I was disappointed with the result.''

The Bulldogs have now lost all five of their opening fixtures but the 25-year-old England international is keen to help turn the club's fortunes around sooner rather than later.

''We've just to work extra hard in training and then, hopefully, things will get better." he said.

Michael Ennis, Aussie broadcaster and ex-NRL player, said: ''Luke brought some good energy to the game and I thought he was superb.

''He started on the bench but finished with 117 run metres, three tackle busts, one line break and 21 tackles, as well as scoring a try."

Fellow sports commentator Corey Parker, added: ''I was impressed by the spark he injected into the Bulldogs.

''He proved the real difference between that middle third off the speed of his legs and quick play-the-balls. Off the back of that his energy was infectious to those around him.''

Next weekend Canterbury face fellow strugglers North Queensland Cowboys.