NRL Preview: Bulldogs v Eels
Thursday 25 July 2013 9:51 AM
The Bulldogs head in to this weekend’s game against Parramatta in a good frame of mind. They are coming off the bye, but are also coming off a very good win against a Melbourne Storm side in which they kept them to nil. An achievement that not to many sides have been able to do in the last couple of years. The side would have gained plenty of confidence from the round 18 game, but it’s about been able to produce this type of footy again on Friday.
“Hopefully that game against the Storm will give the boys plenty of confidence,” said assistant Coach Jim Dymock.
It’s rivalry round and for these two sides it’s a rivalry which goes back a long way. Whenever these two sides clash it’s always a great game. The fans love to see these two traditional clubs play, the game attracts a good crowd and the players who get the opportunity to play in these games sure do embrace the build-up and playing their part in the game.
“Hopefully both teams can go out there on Friday and put on good show for the fans,” said Bulldogs five-eight Josh Reynolds.
They may be down the bottom of the table the Eels, but for the Bulldogs players past and present they do know these games are always tough. The Dogs did beat them earlier in the year by four points, but it could have gone either way the round two fixture. Skipper Michael Ennis knows the game on Friday will not be a walk over.
“Every time we have played Parramatta since I have been here in 2009, they have always been tough games…by no means do we think it’s going to be a walk over,” said Ennis.
Parramatta showed some really good signs against the Canberra Raiders last weekend even though they were defeated, but if the Dogs are to get the victory on Friday night than they need to get their own house in order and focus on what they need to do to win rather than getting caught up with how the Eels are going. It’s easy to get complacent against a side who sit towards the bottom of the table, but for Skipper Michael Ennis it’s all about the players nailing their preparation.
“We need to nail our preparation and make sure we are at our best, instead of focusing on Parramatta…this will be the key for us on Friday,” said Ennis.
It’s a great opportunity for the bulldogs this week to get a win and really cement their spot in the eight, especially when you consider there are teams who are on the same points as them playing each other this weekend.
A win will certainly be a great way to send out-going CEO Todd Greenberg off.
Dogs by 16