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This week the Bulldogs Holden Cup side tackle the Newcastle Knights at Belmore Sportsground on Saturday, who in round 10 defeated them 50-26 and coming off the bye the team has a lot to play for.

The side did have a very good win prior to the week off, but Coach Andy Patmore still believes his side has areas of their game to work on.

We have a couple of things to improve this weekthey defeated us in a big way earlier in the year and last time we played at Belmore we were disappointingwe definitely have a few things to play for this week, said Patmore.

The Knights themselves are a very good side, but are coming off a loss to the Titans last weekend. Their back five are very good, but their key man is hooker Adam Clydesdale, who has played first grade this year.

He is a very smart player, very strong and will look to sniff out a try close to the line...certainly a player we need to watch, said Patmore.

It is a huge game for the young Bulldogs side this weekend, because the Knights are just outside the eight and with the Dogs sitting in the eight, it is a great opportunity to put together some wins over the next few weeks to really stamp their place at the right end of the ladder and put pressure on the teams above them.

We have got ourselves back in the mix, at the bottom of the eight and if we can string a few wins together it will certainly cement our spot in the eight, said Patmore.

A huge challenge for the young pups to perform after a week without footy, but an opportunity to stamp their authority on the competition.

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.