It may not be the most advantageous habit to get into but it seems to be a winning one for the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs, not for the first time this season, came from behind in each half to dispose of the Wyong Roos 28-22 at Morry Breen Oval on Saturday evening.
And it was a 12-man Bulldogs outfit that got the job done in the second half after prop Mick Campton was sent off shortly after the break.
But despite being a man down the undefeated Bulldogs claimed two more competition points and kept their share of top spot on the Newcastle Rugby League ladder with Coalfields rivals Cessnock.
“It was a good effort with 12 men to get the win, especially down there at Wyong,” Bulldogs player-coach George Ndaira said.
“We didn’t start well and we had to come from behind again, but we were able to hold on in the end.
The Bulldogs trailed the Roos 12-0 early in the first half before going to the break at 16-all.
The hosts went ahead 22-16 shortly after half-time before the Bulldogs scored back-to-back tries with 10 minutes remaining.
Bulldogs centre Scott Dunn scored a double, while Mitch Cullen, Ben Wyborn and Alfred Whaleboat, who was called up late for Simon Craig, also crossed for the visitors.
Ndaira kicked four conversions.
In other round five results, Cessnock overcame Western Suburbs 22-8 at home on Friday night, South Newcastle thrashed the Port Stephens Sharks 74-6 on Saturday while yesterday Lakes United secured their first win of 2012 by upsetting Macquarie 24-12.