NRL Preview:Bulldogs v Panthers
Friday 30 August 2013 11:01 AM
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will face up against the Penrith Panthers for the first time in 2013 and hope to end their last home match of the regular season on a high and strengthen their place toward the finals.
The Dogs put in an almighty effort last week against South’s, but fell eight points short. The difference was simply ball control and execution. An area in which Assistant Coach Jim Dymock knows the team need to be better at if they are to get the win.
“I’m sure if we hold the ball…minimise our errors…we can do a job on this competition,” said Dymock.
Ball control is something the team has spoken about a number of times throughout the year and it’s a must they get this right as they head toward the finals.
“We have been inconsistent with our ball control and completions this year…these last two rounds need to be our best as we head towards September,” said Back-rower Tony Williams.
No doubt it’s a big game for the players, but if they get back to doing what works for them and controlling what they can control then I don’t see why they can’t get a victory over the Panthers. There is plenty to play for, a chance to cement their spot in the finals, cement a home final, but also to put in a wonderful performance in front of the clubs members and fans, as it is the final home game of the regular season.
Not only is it the last home game of the season, but it is also members appreciation round and with this in mind it gives the players and the club the opportunity to say thank you to it’s wonderful and most loyal supporters.
“It’s important that we show our appreciation to the members and the more support we get on Saturday, the better the atmosphere will be,” said Back-rower Josh Jackson.
It’s a game well should be looking forward to. The Panthers will be desperate to get the result they are after to keep them in the hunt for the eight, while for the Dogs it will be about building on the effort from last week and turning it into a complete 80 minute performance.
A great evening of footy awaits us on Saturday evening at ANZ Stadium and I must give a special mention, to Lachlan Burr who makes his debut for the club this weekend.
Dogs by 10