Match Preview: Sharks v Bulldogs
Friday 26 April 2013 8:18 AM
The Bulldogs this weekend travel to Bluetongue Stadium to take on the Cronulla Sharks in their round seven fixture on Sunday afternoon at 3.00pm.
It will be a match where both sides look to get themselves back in the winners circle after what has been a disappointing start to season 2013 for both clubs.
The Bulldogs have won on just one occasion which was back in round two against the Eels whilst the Sharks have registered just the two victories and have not won in three weeks.
The Bulldogs go into the match with the same 17 that took to the field against the Roosters last start whilst the Sharks welcome back five-eighth Todd Carney from injury and also former Bulldog Jonathan Wright who has been promoted back into the side.
Coach Des Hasler is well aware of how important it is to get a win this weekend.
“It’s very important, no doubt,” Hasler said. “We need to win and we’ll be trying really hard to do so.
“We have only played six games but you don’t want these things going on into round seven, eight and beyond. It’s a long competition but you can’t let it get away from you.”
Hasler also knows how keen the Sharks will be to register their third victory of the year after what has been a tough start to the year.
“They have had their troubles so far but we all know what happens when a club is under pressure.”
“Having Todd Carney back in the side will give them a boost, he gives them that extra dimension in attack.”
The two-time premiership winning Coach is also content with the way back rower Tony Williams is performing.
“Tony is becoming more familiar with our structures, I thought he went well last week (City v Country) and he was good the week before that as well.”
Josh Reynolds v Todd Carney
Tony Williams v Luke Lewis
Greg Eastwood v Paul Gallen
Head to head: Played 84 – Bulldogs 52, Sharks 30, Draw 2
Of current players Ben Barba is the highest point scorer with 24 (six tries)
Results in 2012
Bulldogs 26 def. Sharks 6 at ANZ Stadium
TV: The match will be televised on Channel 9 at 4pm (delayed)
Radio: Triple M and ABC Radio