An impressive comeback of a cheekbone fractured by core-core coremaker Norman helped the dragons make a series of five defeats against the last Bulldogs with a 36-12 victory at the ANZ stadium.
Norman was a constant threat in his first eighth game, well connected to his partner in the middle Ben Hunt, who well supported his impressive efforts against the Queensland catcher in Origin I with an attempt and an attempt to assist.
Norman had a test assault and helped create two more, one of which backed up to score himself, while he ran the ball hard and kicked well in his first game in just over a month.
Wins at the start of the weekend for Panthers and Titans who leave the Bulldogs alone on the lowest rung of the ladder and among the questions for coach Dean Pay is how to address their onboard defense, which has been tested repeatedly with great success by Hunt and Norman, in particular their fragile left side.
Losing the half-length Jack Cogger in the first half due to a blow to the head did nothing, although his surprise replacement – the rowing machine Rhyse Martin – showed his versatility with some dangerous touches.
Cogger got up stumbling after being munched by Tariq Sims while he kicked in the 25th minute and was banned for the game after being nominated for an HIA.
The Dogs started quite brilliantly on the back of a mistake by Tariq Sims, with Raymond Faitala-Mariner taking advantage of some fragile defense of the goal line in just the third minute.
The Dragon does not take long to reclaim the advantage, with Mikaela Ravalawa hitting on a beautiful long Hunt ball in the 10th minute before the wing finds itself in space after the beautiful passages of Norman and Zac Lomax to crawl into space before finding Norman support again inside it for a 12-6 advantage after 15 minutes.
The Dragons went further when Norman played in a left game and winger Jonus Pearson retreated to the corner to score the 27th.
The home team was denied what would have been a much-needed four-pointer five minutes before the break when the Bunker found an obstacle ahead of Nick Meaney's crossing.
After a series of a few sets on both sides to start the second half, the Dragons moved away when Norman fired a nice ball for Hunt to cross unchecked and when Jacob Host crossed the left edge of the Dogs to move forward to Lomax to score in the 60th minute the 16,003 fans started deciding to have seen enough.
Kieran Foran was Canterbury's best in an otherwise forgettable day and the veteran dazed consolation 10 minutes from time, before Ravalawa had his best game at the NRL level with a spectacular grounding in the 73rd victory.