NYC Preview: Bulldogs v Panthers
Friday 30 August 2013 11:43 AM
This weekend the Bulldogs Holden Cup team take on the third place Penrith Panthers. They have been one of the most consistent sides all year and will be a test for the young pup’s side.
The Panthers throughout the year made some changes to their side where they took some of their good players up to NSW Cup, but have since brought those players back to the Holden Cup for the back end of the year and finals.
“They started the season well, then they stacked their NSW Cup side, but have since taken those players back…a big test for us this week,” said Coach Andy Patnore.
An area the Bulldogs players and staff have spoken about is finishing off games and playing for the full 80 minutes. This was an area of concern last week as the young pups allowed the South’s side to score three tries in the final 10 minutes of the game and at this time of the year, you can’t be having those lapses in concentration, because good sides like the Panthers will hurt you.
“We spoke about it after last week’s game, spoke about it at training and I think the boys have taken a lot out of it,” said Patmore.
They are a good side the Panthers and many believe are the Benchmark of the NYC competition, but for Hooker Blake Carter, he thinks if the Dogs are to get the result they are after on Saturday afternoon then the game will be built on defence.
“Defence is everything…it wins you games, it wins you competitions, so this area of our game will certainly be a focus for us this week,” said Carter.
What a challenge and test the Bulldogs Holden Cup side have on their hands this week, but no doubt one the3y are all looking forward to.
You want to be playing the good sides as this time of the year and be really testing yourself. They showed it against the Raiders a few weeks ago, who were on an almighty role and blew them off the park, so I don’t see why they can’t put in a very similar performance to that one.
A clash all members and fans should get to.
Dogs by 6