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It was a disappointing trip up the F3 on last weekend with the boys going down heavily to the Newcastle Knights. At half-time the guys were still in it but the Knights basically came out and played a near perfect half of rugby league. I think they completed 19 of 21 sets in the half and went on to score 32 unanswered points to record a 44-8 victory.

It was a tough day at the office and one thing that they will take out of it is the fact that its a short turn around and they can get straight back into it on Friday night at ANZ Stadium. After two tough road trips itll be good for the Bulldogs to be back at home and theyll need every one of you there to support them. First up its the Broncos and then next week its the Dragons so youll get the chance to see some good footy over the next fortnight.

The Broncos will travel down looking to secure the two points as they enter a period of the year that is always a concern. They will have a large number of guys in the Queensland side so every point they can get prior to this time of year is vital. Well need to muscle up in the middle and creat that space for the outside men to cause havoc.

Its unfortunate that well be missing Krisnan Inu through suspension but we have some more than capable replacements in Tim Lafai and Josh Jackson who will come into the starting side and will definitely do the job.

The State of Origin sides will be picked after this round and whilst Im sure well see Josh Morris in there I think prop forward Aiden Tolman wouldnt look out of place in a blue jersey. As they say, the stats dont lie and Aiden has been one of the most consistent performers in the NRL over the past 18 months so I believe he deserves his chance. I think as a bit of a smokey, Josh Reynolds could get a run. I think he could just sneak into the 17 or he is someone that could be 18th man and definitely learn from the experience and be on standby for anyone who may have an injury.

Remember Bulldogs fans, keep the faith!
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