After defeating the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round 4, we take a look at the key Quotes and Notes to come out of the loss.
Bulldogs Head Coach Des Hasler:
The team’s performance – "It was a good bounce back for us, but Souths had a few troops out. You have those halves of footy, but the second half was a little bit sloppier. But we controlled possession well and that certainly contributes. I've said a number of times that this competition is about possession."
Bulldogs Skipper James Graham:
Thoughts on the performance – “It’s funny what a difference a week makes and what sport can do to you as an individual and a group. Last week we were scratching our heads and looking for answers and I think we learned a lot from last week.”
The team’s defensive effort - Because we were completing, you find that you have a little bit more energy in the tank to be able to pull off those plays like forcing drop-outs.The lads that were involved in those tackles, two metres out from their try-line that managed to force a repeat set, that's a huge effort from them boys that were involved,"
Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire:
What did you make of the performance – “It's a game where you've got to put your body in front and we didn't do that in the first half. We've got to make sure we fix that because we move into the next game. That game is not acceptable from where we're at so we have to have a good look at ourselves and make sure we get what we need out of that game."
200 Gamer Josh Morris:
What a way to celebrate 200 NRL games - “Very happy to cross for a double – someone told me it's been four years since I got a double. To get a double in my 200th game on a Good Friday, I don't think you can have a better script."
Tony Williams Performance – “He was a handful in that first half and got our sets off to great starts so if he can continue doing that every week he's going to be hard to handle.”
100 Gamer Josh Reynolds:
What changed from one week to another - “Our intent was the difference. The first 15 or 20 we were flying off the line, were as last week we played the victim a bit. When our defence is in place, our attack will come.”
- Craig Garvey scored his first NRL try.
- Josh Morris played game 200 and Josh Reynolds played game 100.
- Will Hopoate continued his incredible start to the season scoring another try to make it four from four to begin 2016.
- The Bulldogs completed 23/24 in the opening half (95%)
- It was the third time under Maguire’s coaching that the Bunnies have suffered a 30-point defeat.