Kiwi International Greg Eastwood addressed the media today ahead of the round 21 clash with the Sydney Roosters.
The Bulldogs will head to Allianz Stadium off the back of a disappointing performance against the Cronulla Sharks and now sit just inside the top eight on 22 points.
With six games remaining and three other sides below the Bulldogs all vying for a top eight position, Eastwood doesn’t believe it is panic stations yet.
“That wasn’t us on the weekend,” Eastwood said. “We gave away to many errors, to many penalties and the positive was we only lost by two points, but we certainly can’t play like that this weekend against a really good Roosters side.”
“The competition is so close and if you drop a couple of games you can drop out of the top eight.
“For us now it’s about working towards staying in the top eight and getting a few wins together before September.”
Climbing that mountain towards the finals begins this week against a Roosters outfit looking for their seventh win in a row and a cornerstone to their success this year has been their forward pack.
“The Roosters have a massive forward pack and the boys really need to stand up, because if they get over us it will be one-way traffic.”
The Bulldogs forward pack is one of the best in the NRL and as a senior player within the squad, Eastwood is aware of what the Roosters pack brings.
“As a senior player I really need to stand up, because I know what the likes of Moa and Hargreaves provide for the table and it’s about doing the same for us.”