Holden Cup Preview: Storm v Bulldogs
Wednesday 20 March 2013 1:12 PM
After starting the season in an ideal fashion with two victories, the young Bulldogs will be looking to make it three in a row when they travel south of the border.
After a 40-20 victory over the Cowboys in round one and a 32-24 win over the Eels last week, Coach Patmore is happy with where his side is at.
“The results have been good and some of our footy has been good as well,” Patmore said. “We’ve been lacking a couple of things but overall we’re pretty happy.
“We probably could’ve scored another two or three tries so our attack needs to get a bit better.
“We set some targets in that match last weekend and the boys achieved them so they are applying themselves well.
With the side now settled and combinations are starting to be built it is unfortunate that both Jack Creighton and Ryan Wilson will miss the match due to injury.
“Yeah, Jack has broken his hand unfortunately so it looks as though we’ve lost him for around three to four weeks and Ryan Wilson had a bit of a shoulder problem so at this stage we’ll be without him for two weeks.
“It’s good that those combinations are forming though, we have a nice set-up at the moment.”
Taking on the Storm this week will be a difficult task with the young men in purple having one win and one loss to start their year.
“They’ll be a typical Storm side, well drilled, play precise footy, good targets and be efficient all across the park so we need to get those little things right to make sure we compete with them.
“If we give them too much ball they’ll grind you into the ground. We can’t go error for error as we have done previously or they will hurt us.”
The match this week will be the first away trip for the NYC side and Patmore will be looking to his experienced players to help guide the younger players through the process.
“Like most young blokes, they’re excited about going on an aeroplane but this is part of the learning process. Our Sports Psychologist will have some time with them and go through what will help them focus and we have some other things in place that we have learnt over the years and implemented.
“It’s a short week again so hopefully that excitement peaks on Thursday night. Guys like Moses Mbye, Patty Templeman and David Minute have done the traveling in the past so hopefully they can help the others out.”
Last time they met
Round 16, NYC Cup 2012, Lidcombe Oval, Sydney – Canterbury Bulldogs 34 defeated Melbourne Storm 16
Round 2 – Canterbury Bulldogs 32 defeated Parramatta Eels 24 at ANZ Stadium.
Round 2 – Melbourne Storm 16 defeated by North Queensland Cowboys 26 at 1300SMILES Stadium.
John Sila – Sila has scored seven tries in the opening two rounds of the competition with a hat-trick first-up and four last week against the Eels. Patmore believes if he continues to work on all aspects of his game he will become a complete player.
“Johnny has had early comparisons to players like Matt Utai and others. He is a big kid and improved massively over the last two years and the pre-season under Des has been good for him.
“He knows he needs to continue to work hard. In attack he is big and powerful but some decision making in defence is something we are working on.”