The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NSW Cup side will this weekend have their first official trial in preparation for season 2013. The squad will take on the Illawarra Cutters at 3pm on Saturday at Belmore Sports Ground.


Coach Barry Ward will have the opportunity to see his squad as a whole for the first time with many of his regulars spending time with the NRL squad throughout the pre-season.


Of the two times the sides clashed in 2012, the Bulldogs claimed victory on one occasion (28-12) and the second of the clashes was a draw (22-22).


Ward is excited about the chance to get back into the Coaches box and watch the NSW Cup back in action.


Its good to have footy back, Ward said. Every player has been working hard and been itching to get into some matches so were all looking forward to it.


A lot of our guys have spent time as part of the NRL squad throughout the pre-season so they will be in good shape and we will continue to work on the structures and processes

that form part of what the NRL side will be implementing.


This is the first of two trials for the NSW Cup side with the second against Mounties on February 23 at Aubrey Keech Reserve, Hinchinbrook with kick-off at 6pm.


The opening fortnight of the season will prove tough for Ward and his side, with last years Minor Premiers coming up against last years second placed side, the North Sydney Bears in the opening round and facing the Cutters in round two.