NRL Match Preview: Bulldogs v Roosters
Thursday 20 June 2013 9:30 AM
At times last weekend it seemed the Bulldogs were in control of the match, but you can never write off a Manly side and lapses in concentration the Bulldogs allowed the Sea Eagles back into the game. They did win the Bulldogs but still plenty to work on as they tackle the Roosters this Friday night.
“It’s always great to come away with a win at Brookvale, especially with the large amount of ball they had…very disappointed with the points scored against us…still plenty of areas for us to work on,” said Coach Des Hasler.
The Bulldogs take on the Roosters this weekend, a side which sit in third position and they did meet earlier in the year and you could almost say it was the Bulldogs worse performance of the year so far.
“It was an embarrassing night for us…we are a different side now from back then…Friday night presents a really good challenge leading into the bye,” said Skipper Michael Ennis.’
They are a good side the Roosters, who have really impressed this year and although they have some key personal out this weekend, one man who coach Des Hasler believes will step up and take on more of a responsibility in their side is Sonny Bill Williams.
“He is one of their strike players…with key players missing a lot of the responsibility will fall on Sonny…he certainly is a player we need to watch carefully and mark up against,” said Hasler.
For the Bulldogs to get the victory, one area in which they need to be better at is getting their fair share of the ball. It’s key to any side getting a victory. The stats in this area from last weekend were alarming, but the side can make it easier on them-selves if they get 50 per cent of the ball.
“We need to have 50 per cent of the ball to be competitive…we will make it easy on ourselves physically…our completion rate has been good, but it’s about getting more of the ball than we have had to give us the best chance of winning this weekend,” said Dene Halatau.
It’s a great opportunity for the Bulldogs side to get a win against a quality team and back at home with a bye looming it presents more of a focus to put in a committed 80 minute performance in which the team can be proud of.
Dogs by 8