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The Bulldogs will head up to Brisbane this weekend knowing they need to continue to improve on their performances before the first week of the finals.

They come into the clash with the Broncos off the back of a good second 40 minute performance and if there is one area which came out of last weeks game in which the boys can take from it, is that if you hold onto the ball, then you score points and build pressure.

Hopefully it sunk through to the boys, that when we hold onto the ball we can do good things, said Assistant Coach Jim Dymock.

The Bulldogs have cemented themselves a spot in the finals and have cemented a home semi-final, but its about continuing to build towards next weekend and really putting in a good performance, to build confidence and momentum, which all teams want when finals approaches.

You want to be going into the finals with a win under your belt, said Dymock.

Its never an easy road trip to Suncorp Stadium and although the Broncos are out of the race for the finals, they will still have plenty to play for.

Scott Prince is retiring, Peter Wallace is leaving after spending a number of years at the club and for the first time in many years they wont be competing in the finals.

Its not like Brisbane to miss out on finalsIm sure they will want to finish the season on a high, said Dymock.

For the Bulldogs it will be about focusing on themselves and not worrying about what Brisbane will be doing, because the Dogs still have plenty of football ahead of them and with some big games coming up, it will be about building momentum and confidence and fixing up the little things in their game which will become crucial parts of their matches when finals footy arrives.

The battle between the forwards will be a beauty and this is an area of the game in which front-rower James Graham believes will be crucial to both sides on Thursday night.

Its going to be a tough ask in Brisbanetheir forward pack is really goodit will be a challenge for us, said Graham.

A great opportunity awaits the Dogs this weekend to nail their preparation and put in a committed 80 minute performance.

My Tip:

Dogs by 8

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