RD5 NSW Cup Preview
The Bulldogs NSW Cup side will this weekend be looking for their second win of the season as they travel to Henson Park on Saturday to tackle the Newtown Jets.
Newtown Jets Vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Henson Park, Saturday, April 5
Referee: Jared Maxwell
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Steele Sports Radio (Link available via www.steelesports.com.au)
Summary: Two teams square off here that will be desperate to kick start their seasons with two points. The Jets remain winless in three outings after losses to Wenty, Mounties and Illawarra while the Bulldogs have had just the one win against the Sea Eagles. In the Jets’ defence, the three sides they have faced all currently hold down top five spots on the ladder, but nonetheless they wouldn’t be happy with the way they are playing. The Bulldogs are an enigma wrapped in a riddle. The talent that the Bulldogs put out on the park against Wyong last week would have seen them break the VB NSW Cup salary cap (if there was one) however their performance certainly didn’t reflect this. Once again here, the Bulldogs will field a number of current and former internationals in Kasiano, Inu and Maitua and may yet get Eastwood back if his services are not required on Friday night. In addition to these guys they also have more than capable players in the form of Burr, Alaalatoa, Cook and Low just to name a few. A vastly improved performance by the Dogs will definitely be expected here. The Jets continue to search for some early season form but there were some signs last week that they are getting closer. No doubt that with this Saturday being their first home fixture of 2014, the Jets will be out to put on a more inspired display for the Bluebag faithful.
Time to stand up: With off season recruit Jake Watts still out injured, a fair bit of pressure currently sits squarely on the shoulders of Samisoni Langi and Arana Taumata. Taumata will play his third game for Newtown this weekend while Langi has now played a handful of games for the Jets both last year and this season. Like most new relationships, things can take time to click for a new halves pairing, but unfortunately for Newtown, they cannot afford for this one to take too much longer. Say what you like about Taumata and his past, the guy can play football, and despite the fact that he has only been at the club for a brief time, this Saturday is as good a time as any for him to step up and lead his team to a victory. If he can do so, he will become an instant cult hero at Henson Park.
Preview Supplied by: nswrl.com.au