NRL Match Preview: Bulldogs v Sea-Eagles
Friday 14 June 2013 12:00 PM
This week the Bulldogs take on the Manly Sea Eagles and after a patchy performance against the Cowboys last weekend, they know they need to be better.
“It’s always a tough game in Townsville…we can count ourselves very fortunate to have got the two points…we need to smarten ourselves up for a good Manly side,” said coach Des Hasler after the round 13 victory against the Cowboys.
Manly this week will be tough. They are coming off a loss and back at home on a Friday night in what you could say will be a hostile environment, will certainly be a huge opportunity and challenge for the Bulldogs side.
“It’s always a tough game at Brookie…they are hard to beat there…it won’t be made any easier with them coming off a loss,” said assistant coach Jim Dymock.
They are a quality side Manly and no matter what the circumstances are you always know you are going to be in for one hell of a game. They have been one of the most consistent sides of the past three to four years and what they are known for is the tough, grinding football they play.
“You always know you are going to get a tough grinding game…I don’t expect that to be any different on Friday night,” said Hasler.
If you look back to the round 20 clash of 2012 between the two sides at Brookvale, you would have to agree it was one of the Bulldogs best wins of the season. They lost both Sam Kasiano and Kris Keating early and managed to defeat Manly 20-12. The win was built on commitment, belief and the desire to continue to turn up for each other.
“Any time you win at Brookvale you have to play well…hopefully we can take a lot out of that match last year,” said Dymock.
It seems the build-up between the two sides has grown because of Des joining the Bulldogs, but one thing is for sure, the preparation for this game is no different to any other game. The Bulldogs will need to focus on their own game in order to get the right result.
“There is always a lot of hype when-ever we play Manly due to Des…it’s about ourselves and doing our thing right, what works for us,” said Dale Finucane.
What a game it’s going to be. Two of the top teams in the NRL going at it for 80 minutes, Friday night at Brookvale oval in what will be a fortress, but one the Bulldogs side can thrive on.
My Tip: Dogs by 4