The Bulldogs recorded two wins against top-four sides to open their season before slumping with a four-match losing streak that included two losses to the bottom two teams, and a 40-point thumping at the hands of Mounties.

There are positive signs in a mixed start to the year including consistent individual performances and a season highlight in knocking Mounties off the top of the table just last week.

Coach Andy Patmore says: “They’re playing some very good football with a couple of unlucky losses. But (we’re) generally pretty happy where we are at the moment.

The continuous improvement of our younger players [is an improvement]. We see continual improvement in the boys who are first of second year VB NSW Cup boys, which is excellent.”

Standout players: Lloyd Perrett and Adam Elliott were the two best players according to Patmore. Perrett has deservedly played some first grade NRL this season as reward for outstanding form in the Bulldogs forward pack.

Predicted finish: 10th – will go better if they can keep up recent strong form.

This article first appeared on NSWRL.com.au