Round 8 NSW CUP Preview
The Bulldogs NSW Cup side will be looking for their second win of the season when they host the Newcastle Knights at Belmore Sportsground on Saturday afternoon.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Vs Newcastle Knights
Belmore Sports Ground, Saturday, April 26
Referee: Adam Cassidy
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of 2GLF FM 89.3 (Link available via 893fm.com.au)
Summary: The Knights will be smarting from their 48-point thumping of Wyong last weekend, while the Bulldogs will be chasing just their second win of the season. The Knights have looked a far better side when Michael Dobson has been steering them around from the halfback position. Their loss to Mounties was his first game back in the VB NSW Cup so you could give some leeway with regards to not gelling at GIO Stadium on that afternoon. Dobson will play his third consecutive game with halves partner Tyler Randell and their performance last week shows things are starting to click. There is plenty to like about the Knights side with an abundance of size up front and some first class finishers out wide. It is hard to pinpoint just where the Bulldogs are going wrong so far this season. Their forward pack has plenty of experience in O’Hanlon, Burr and Maitua and they have some of the most promising emerging talent in the competition in the backline as well. Perhaps it is just a confidence thing. One thing we know is that we pity the team who runs into the Bulldogs when they get their groove back so to speak.
In a Belmore Minute: It has been interesting to watch the progression of former NSW age representative back-rower David Minute in the VB NSW Cup so far this season. The promise he showed as a junior is starting to come to the fray again. He is behind an NRL strength back-row this weekend but look for him to push for a starting position come the representative season.