Hazem El Masri has passed former Bulldog Terry Lamb's club tryscoring record after producing a hat-trick and scoring 22 points in tonights 38-22 win over the highly-fancied Knights at Telstra Stadium.

El Masri started the match out on 121 club tries, two behind Lambs' effort of 123. Joining the great five-eighth was not on Hazems' mind as he surpassed Lamb with his third try in the 67th minute to cement his name in the Bulldogs record books once again before capping off the night with his 600th goal moments before full-time.

The Knights opened the scoring through a penalty goal to halfback Andrew Johns in the 10th minute before Hazem El Masri opened the 'Dogs scoring with a freakish try out wide. He failed to convert his own try as the scoreboard read 4-2 after 15 minutes of football.

It didn't take too long for the visitors to hit back with winger Brian Carney intercepting and running sixty metres to score just 3 minutes later. Johns failed to convert but the Knights were back in front 6-4.

The Bulldogs then had their chances down the other end but the Knights were the ones consolidating and in the 22nd minute they skipped out to an 8-point lead courtesy of a try to Clint Newton adjacent to the posts. Johns made no mistake this time around and the Knights led 12-4.

A disallowed try to Willie Mason after knocking the ball on in the 27th minute only seemed to spur on the 'Dogs as they ran in two quick tries via an impressive Corey Hughes. His first attempt was straight from dummy half and the second came from some great lead-up work from Holdsworth and Grimaldi. El Masri converted both tries and the Bulldogs had themselves out in front with four minutes remaining.

The Knights however were keen to set the record straight and in the final moments of the half Anthony Quinn dove over for a vital try after some swift ball movement found Carmont out wide before unloading to Quinn.

The second half was shaping up to be a cracker and after 10 minutes of solid football from both sides, the Bulldogs broke the deadlock in the 51st minute after El Masri dove over for his second of the night. The conversion was no test for the point-scoring wizard as he put the Bulldogs out in front 22-16.

Just four minutes later five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth took on the line and shot straight through the sloppy Knights' defence before crashing over to score. El Masri added the extras after a slip-up and the Bulldogs were looking good at 28-16 with 25 minutes remaining.

The Knights then had their fair share of possession and in the end only had themselves to blame after George Carmont raced 60 metres only to have no team mate willing to play the roll of dummy half as the Bulldogs pounced on the loose ball.

Sonny Bill Williams was explosive out in the centres and after several busts down field his efforts finally paid off as the Bulldogs got themselves in good position to strike the deadly blow and the man to do the job was Hazem El Masri. Brent Sherwin was his accomplice as he threaded a neat grubber into the corner before Hazem completed the hat-trick of tries with a beautiful take. His attempt from the sideline hit the posts but the scoreline was enough to make him smile as the home side stretched out to 32-16.

The Knights then launched an attack on the Bulldogs with plenty of pressure applied to the 'Dogs defensive line before finally getting through in the 72nd minute with Quinn grabbing a double.

Handling errors then cost the Knights any chance of a miracle come-back and with just moments on the clock Bulldogs utility Reni Maitua joined the party after beating his opposite number with a good in-and-away to score in the corner. El Masri brought up his 600th goal with a successfull conversion fom out wide as the Bulldogs romped home 38-22 winners.

Tries: 7
Hazem El Masri (3), Corey Hughes (2), Daniel Holdsworth, Reni Maitua
Goals: 5
Hazem El Masri (5/7)

Tries: 4
Anthony Quinn (2), Brian Carney, Clint Newton
Goals: 3
Andrew Johns (3/5)

* Images from tonights match will be available later tonight
* Player and Team Statistics will be available later tonight
* The Round 13 wallpaper will be available tomorrow


I love Hazem..i really do.

He means soo much to the Bulldogs and us fans.

I will seriously cry when he retires...i hate to think of that moment!!

He played outstanding tonight, everyone did, but he really was the star of tonight..well last night now :p

I said to my mum "im so happy" she said " we know" then i go "who needs drugs when you have hazem" .. i then asked for a day in mourning when he retires, she laughed and said no!!