NRL Preview: Bulldogs v Roosters Round 6
Thursday 11 April 2013 11:02 AM
The build-up to this match is similar to one that you would see in September and the Bulldogs will be looking to go out and play with that finals like intensity that we were so used to seeing throughout last season.
This match is about controlling what we can control and not getting caught up in the hype surrounding the club and Sonny-Bill Williams. Although we are one and four it’s not all doom and gloom us yet. There has certainly been plenty of effort from the team, but it’s about taking our opportunities with the ball. It can be frustrating at times when you aren't winning and you know the effort is there, but it’s about sticking together, trusting one another and believing in the structures that we have set in place.
The game of rugby league is all about getting your fair share of possession and completing your sets. This is a stat that the boys are aware of and one they know needs to be a focus, without the footy you can’t score points.
We come up against a Roosters side who are playing some really good footy. It’s been well documented about their recruitment over the summer and a standout of their play this year has been their defence. They have kept two sides to nil, but on the weekend Canberra showed everyone what holding onto the ball can do, as they completed 16 from 16 sets in the second half against the Roosters to edge out a win.
Sure there will be plenty of hype in the media surrounding things out of our control but it’s about focusing on what we need to do as individuals and as a team to get the result we want.
With the rep weekend coming up and everyone having a win, there is no better feeling than getting a win with a weekend off to follow.
It’s a great opportunity for our boys to show the members and fans what we are capable of doing and with a huge crowd expected on Friday night at Allianz Stadium this is the time to bounce back and get a win!
My Tip: Dogs by 8
-Average 3 Line breaks per game
-Average 27 tackles from marker per game
-Average 19 miss tackles per game
-2nd in the NRL as a team for tackle breaks