NRL RD21 PREVIEW
Sunday 4 August 2013 6:00 AM
This week the Bulldogs head to Win Jubilee Oval on Monday night to take on the Dragons.
The side is coming off a good win against the Eels last weekend and although it was scrappy at times the team still know they have plenty of improvement in them as they head towards the pointy end of the season.
“It’s important we go into the back end of the year with momentum…on our day we know we can beat any side…it’s about working hard and making sure we get as many wins as possible,” said Josh Morris.
Earlier in the year, the Dogs defeated the Dragons 16-14, in a game which was played at a frantic pace and seen both teams go set for set in the first half. The Dogs managed to grind out a win and for Assistant Coach Jim Dymock he feels the game on Monday will be very similar to the round 12 clash, as he believes the Dragons will go into this game with a siege mentality to give themselves every chance to keep their season alive.
“It was probably our quickest game of the year…the first 30 minutes was played at a rapid pace with limited errors…their fighting for their season, so we need to match them with attitude and come away with the points,” said Dymock.
For the Dogs it will be about building on the back of the performances of the past two weeks, which has seen them defeat the Storm and the Eels, but also play some footy and score some points. The team has certainly gained plenty of confidence out of these wins and this is an area in which front-rower Aiden Tolman believes the team need to take into Monday’s game.
“The last two wins have been confidence building…we need to take this into Monday night and keep building from what we have done over the last couple of weeks,” said Tolman.
The Dogs have won four out their last five matches at Kogarah and for centre Josh Morris who comes up against his twin Brett it’s his first time playing at the ground since joining the club and all he is wanting, is to celebrate a Bulldogs victory.
The Dragons will certainly present a challenge to the Dogs, but if they start like they did against the Eels and really nail their preparation this week, than I don’t see why they can’t continue to build on what they have done in recent weeks. A win will keep the pressure on the top four and pending results on the weekend, the gap between fourth and fifth could really narrow.
Dogs by 8