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The Canterbury Bulldogs are hoping to rebound against the Newtown Jets after last week’s 58-18 thrashing at the hands of the competition leaders, Mounties.

“We have a few players returning so we’ll be more strengthened, especially in the forwards, and we’ve got a lot to make up for the performance last week,” Bulldogs coach Andy Patmore said. “We’re keen to make up for that.”

The Bulldogs find themselves sitting outside the top eight of the ladder after losing their past four matches. However, Patmore asserts it’s not a must-win contest against Newtown.

“We don’t use those sort of words,” Patmore said. “We’re more focused on the performance. We were disappointed of the way we went through our processes and also of our individual performance. We don’t mention losses but we’re really keen for a win and to put in a good performance at home.

“Up until last week we had played well but Mounties are a very strong side and that really shows the difference in class. We certainly didn’t play as well as we should have. We addressed playing better as a group even though we had players missing.”

Canterbury will need to step up against the speedy Jets who are motivated to consolidate a top-four position in the VB NSW Cup.

Belmore Sports Ground, Saturday 16 May, 3:00pm

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