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It was a nail bitter last week, but the Bulldogs managed to hang on and beat the Dragons 16-14. At times they seemed in control of the game, but did allow the Dragons back into the contest and if it wasnt for Jamie Soward missing the penalty conversion on Full time, who knows what could have happened.

I thought we controlled the game for the majority of both halveswe did allow the Dragons back into the game at the endpleased they Soward missed the conversion, said Assistant Coach Jim Dymock

This week sees the team travel to Townsville to take on a Cowboys side who have not been performing over the past few weeks, but the side does know how well they perform back at home and in some ways their season is on the line.

They have one of the best rosters in the game, some of the best players in the game and they did beat the Bulldogs in round one.

When you play sides under adversity they seem to rise to the occasion when they play the Bulldogswe are coming to grips that sides get up for games against uswe know it will be a tough game, said Coach Des Hasler

Skipper Mick Ennis also believes this game is going to be one they need to be up for.

We are under no illusion to what we are walking intothe boys are looking forward to the challenge, said Ennis

It has been a good period for the Bulldogs, winning five out of their past six games and with the warmer weather up north and hopefully a dry, fast track it can only help their cause to record another victory.

Hoping we get a nice fast track up therewe need to build on what we have done over the past five to six weeks, said Ennis.

The return of Origin players Josh Morris and Josh Reynolds will certainly add strength to the side and with the experienced they both gained from being in camp can only help their performances.

It will be great to have them backthey are two v ery important players in our sidehoping they can perform very well against the Cowboys, said Ennis.

Its a huge challenge for the Bulldogs, because they are coming up against a side who have not had the best of seasons, but with the roster they have, there a side who can certainly score points and back at home they always lift.

A challenge I believe the team can over-come and in some ways a victory could almost end the Cowboys season.

I look forward to seeing the boys play and building on last weekend.

My Tip:

Dogs by 8

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.