Melbourne Storm's U20 Thunderbolts have claimed a determined 22-20 victory over the Bulldogs at AAMI Park.
The win is Melbourne's third in a row and consolidates their position inside the NYC top eight.
After trailing early in the contest, conceding two tries to the visitors, Matt Adamson's side fought back. The young Thunderbolts eroded the Bulldogs' 12-point advantage, scoring two tries in quick succession through outside back Tony Tumusa and hard running forward Rhys Kennedy.
A see sawing contest ensued for the remainder of the half with momentum shifting on several occasions. The last placed Bulldogs kicked away yet again only to be reeled in just before half-time by the hosts.
A late first half try to Thunderbolts captain Billy Brittain locked the scores at 16 all going into the main break with the hooker burrowing his way to find the try-line.
A fast start from the Bulldogs saw the visitors regain the lead early in the second stanza, with the tight nature of the contest continuing throughout the half.
Thunderbolt Logan Houghton's late try proved the difference, helping the young Melbourne side climb to a two point victory and consolidate their position inside the top eight.
Melbourne Storm 22
Canterbury Bulldogs 20