NRL Match Preview - Bulldogs vs Rabbitohs
Saturday 22 September 2012 9:00 AM
WOW!! How good is this week going to be? A sell out crowd! A preliminary final in our first year under Des and the opportunity to take the next step towards doing something special as a playing group.
All these facts sound good in theory, but it’s us as the playing group who must go out there on Saturday night and make it happen. It is a chance of a lifetime and there are 12 other teams who would love to be in our position.
We play a side who are coming off a good win last weekend and are a team with loads of talented players amongst them. They are a side who have the highest completion rate of any team in the competition and they are a side that like to play a structured style of play.
For us, we must start good, we must empty the tank because you do not want to leave that field on Saturday night wishing you should have done that or should have done this. It’s about playing to our structures and sticking to our processes. Something that we as a playing group and as a coaching group have worked so hard all year to implant into the way we go about our footy.
Of course it’s a big occasion, but we must not let this distract away from what we can control and that’s playing an 80 minute committed Dogs performance. I have played in these games myself and these are the games every player wants to be apart of. So individually we must as a 17 man group go out there and do our jobs that the team requires us to do. We need to be accountable for our actions, because if we collectively do this together than the result will look after itself.
I know the boys are ready for this game and rightly so. They have had two weeks to prepare for one of the biggest games of their careers and although we did beat Manly in the first final, we knew there was plenty of improvement in us. By the time Saturday comes round, I know there will be no excuses, because the boys have worked so hard to get themselves to where they are and there is no bigger opportunity to show our members and fans how far we have come this year then on Saturday Night!
It’s going to be an unbelievable experience and one I wish I was playing in. I can’t wait to see the huge amounts of blue and white in the crowd and a BULLDOGS WIN!!!!! Bring on Saturday I say!!!!
DOGS BY 6
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