Each week in 2016 bulldogs.com.au will take a look at the opposition for the week and what the players think about coming up against the men in blue and white.
This Friday night the Bulldogs travel over the Bridge to Brookvale Oval where they face a new look Manly Sea-Eagles side and while the home side will be looking to impress with plenty of new faces, the Bulldogs will be looking for their fifth win in a row against 2011 premiers.
During the week some of their new recruits and star players spoke about the battle at Brookvale with the Bulldogs.
“Big Sammy Kasiano - he’s a good friend of mine and I’ll be looking forward to matching up against him.”
“We know it’s going to be a physical clash with the way the Bulldogs have been playing over the last few years. The consistency they play with has always been physical.”
“They’re doing a lot of training over there in regards to the interchange rules. Just having a look at the guys who went over to the nines, they look pretty fit. I don’t really think Kasiano or the other blokes have ever had a drama pushing out 20 or 30 minutes, as they’ll have to now. It’s a luxury if you’ve got a front row with the likes of Graham or Tolman that can play some big minutes.”
Daly Cherry-Evans (Big Sports Breakfast):
“We have a lot of respect for the Bulldogs side, their coach included. They’re a fantastic side and they’re a side that we feel as though are going to be contenders at some stage of the season. We need to respect them.”
“Hopefully all our training over the past three months all pays off with a nice win on Friday night.”
“We know they’re certainly a strong side.”
“They’re a very big physical team and they’ve got two really good halves.”
“We’re going to have to be at our best to beat them and it’s going to be a really good test for us.”
The round one match will kick-off at 8.05pm.
WORDS: Darcie McDonald