Tolman: The Battle up Front is Vital
Aiden Tolman has spoken with the media this week to discuss the return of James Graham, the Dragons form and Trent Hodkinson’s contract.
James Graham returns to the Bulldogs line-up this weekend after missing a few weeks with a knee injury and after what has been an interrupted start to 2015 for the Englishman, Tolman knows he will be ready to lead from the front on Monday.
“He does everything off the field to make sure he is right and I’m sure he will back to his best on Monday, because we are a much different side when he plays and I’m sure he will want to stamp his authority,” said Tolman.
The Bulldogs go into the round 13 clash as favourites but the players certainly find that hard to believe when the Dragons are sitting on top of the table.
“The Dragons are definitely the favourites. They have been defending well, playing for each other and they deserve to be the favourites.
“The Dragons are defending really well and defence wins you competitions and that’s what the Dragons are doing well.
“We’re their challengers and we have to go out there and take it to them. I’m looking forward it.”
The Dragons halves pairing of Widdop and Marshall have been outstanding over the past month, but it’s the battle up front where Tolman believes the match will be decided on Monday.
“We have a good forward pack and so do they. And for me that’s where the game will be decided on Monday, it will be a good battle in the middle.”