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 make their long awaited return to ANZ Stadium on Friday night looking to make it three from three – the first time since 2012.
Meanwhile their opponents the Eels will be looking to continue their good form after defeating beat reigning premiers North Queensland last Saturday night.
During the week a number of their players and Coach Brad Arthur spoke about the battle on Friday night.
“We’ve had a tough start, with the two Grand Finalists from last year.”
“They’ve been physical, those contests, and I’m sure tomorrow night’s going to be physical.”
“That’s the challenge for us. Making sure we stay in the contest for 80 minutes.”
“I will be playing this week for sure, there’s no doubt about that.”
“The Bulldogs have won both of their games this year, they’re a strong team everyone knows that, and this week will be a good test for us.”
“We will take a bit of confidence out of the weekend but we still have plenty of things to improve on in the coming weeks, but we will need that confidence coming into Friday night against the Bulldogs.”
“They have a big pack this weekend and we have to forget what we did on the weekend and aim up again on Friday night.”
“We have to counteract their big men by holding the ball, completing our sets and hopefully fatiguing them on the opposite.”
“The Bulldogs are always known for being aggressive and they are a tough pack so it will be a challenge for us to see how we go back to back and if we can rise to the challenge again.”
“I think the Bulldogs have proved a lot of people wrong. A lot of people thought they would struggle with the interchange with the big pack they have, but I think they have handled it better than any other team in the comp.”
“The Dogs are in form.”
“I grew up watching the old school Parra and Dogs games from the 80s and 90s and they were always brutal. I’m expecting no less on Friday.”