Set of Six: Round 3
The Bulldogs made it two from two on the weekend to begin their 2016 campaign and will return home this Friday night against the Parramatta Eels.
Ahead of the clash with the arch rivals, bulldogs.com.au takes a look at six questions yet to be answered ahead of the clash with the Eels.
1. Will Kieran Foran back up?
After making his debut for his new club last weekend against the North Queensland Cowboys, the star recruit was a no show at Eels training on Monday morning. The five-eight returned from a hamstring injury and while it isn’t 100% right, the Eels are managing his workload and admit he is a week to week proposition.
2. Who replaces Peats?
Regular number nine Nathan Peats is in doubt for the round three clash with the Bulldogs after he suffered a disclocated elbow on the weekend. There were fears he had broken his elbow, but Eels medical staff ruled this out. The man in the middle is a crucial member to their 17 and as he races the clock to be fit for the ANZ Stadium blockbuster, Eels Coach Brad Arthur will be looking at other options - Interchange Kaysa Pritchard and veteran Isaac De Gois will come into calculation.
3. Can T Rex bag a double?
Tony Williams is two tries away from 50 NRL tries and after starting the year with two good performances, the left side back-rower will be looking for the try-line on Friday night and with the form of Moses Mbye, try scores Josh Morris and Curtis Rona around him, the chances of Williams crossing the strip are pretty good.
4. Will the Bulldogs dominance continue?
The Bulldogs have enjoyed plenty of success over the Eels in recent times winning nine of the past 10 matches. The only lost came in round 14 of the 2014 season, but put this performance aside, it has been one-way traffic between the arch rivals.
5. Can the Bulldogs make it 3 in a row?
The Bulldogs have started the 2016 season with two wins and two wins away from home. The blue and white make their long awaited return to ANZ Stadium on Friday night looking to make it three from three – the first time since 2012. We all remember the memories of 2012 and if the Bulldogs can claim the two points in round 3, are the stars aligned in 2016?
6. Will you be THERE?
Make sure you're here to welcome the Bulldogs back to home turf for the first time in 2016 and Bulldogs Members, get excited the Canterbury Breed is coming to Bulldog game day this Friday.