The Bulldogs NSW Cup team will host the Penrith Panthers in a rare Friday night fixture at Belmore Sportsground looking for their third win of the season.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Vs Penrith Panthers
Belmore Sports Ground, Friday, May 16
Referee: Adam Cassidy
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Link available via www.hawkesburyradio.com.au)
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of 2GLF FM 89.3 (Link available via 893fm.com.au)
Summary: The Bulldogs looked like they have turned a corner in recent weeks. They got just their second win of the season a fortnight ago and they pushed the second-placed Cutters all the way last weekend in Wollongong. Patrick Templeman’s switch to five-eighth looks to have sharpened up their attack and his tactical kicking game has seen the Dogs turn field position into points. Templeman faces a stern test this week against the experienced Luke Capewell. Capewell missed the early part of season 2014 with injury but since returning, he has been instrumental in many of the Panthers’ wins. His role will take on even more importance now with a season ending achilles injury to New Zealand international Isaac John. Garth Brennan has named veteran Nathan Smith in the centres to hopefully box up another international in Krisnan Inu. The Bulldogs are capable of beating any team in the competition if they want to and it is Andy Patmore’s job to motivate a team who is behind the competition leaders and spots in their NRL side are hard to come by.
This Cook won’t spoil the broth: Damien Cook was the best in a beaten side last weekend. The former Cutter tore apart the defence in and around the ruck and we can see him making his Club debut come representative season for Des Hasler.