Round 20 NRL Preview
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs host the North-Queensland Cowboys this Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.
The Cowboys haven’t won a game at the Olympic Stadium in well over 5 years and their away record this season only just saw its first win, a 36-18 victory over the Sharks at Remondis Stadium last Friday night.
The Bulldogs were faced with a youthful and over enthusiastic Tigers side last Sunday and didn’t match up defensively. Fullback Mitch Brown was rocks and diamonds, making two line breaks but also making two crucial errors that led to tries.
Prior to Round 19, the Bulldogs had only leaked 244 points at an average of 15 points per game. This would be even stronger if the Dogs hadn’t been drubbed by the Roosters (32-12), Manly (32-10) & now the Tigers (44-18).
Coach Des Hasler admits his side lacked “attention to detail” and puts it down to “a little bit of structure” rather than attitude.
“I think the players as a group were pretty disappointed with it, obviously we know we’re coming off the areas, made them and made us very accountable for it and lets just hope it was a one off,” said Hasler.