Wyong Roos v Canterbury Bulldogs: Dogs Gnawing At The Leash
Central Coast Stadium, Sunday 3 April
Live Broadcast on FOX Sports Channel 501
Don’t tell the Canterbury Bulldogs it’s been a disappointing start to the season with zero wins and just one draw to sit at the bottom of the ladder after Round 4.
“We haven’t had the results go our way but we’ve shown good signs in patches of games,” Bulldogs coach Andy Patmore told NSWRL.com.au. “Unfortunately, we haven’t got the results but that comes down to consistency.”
Possessing the talents of Tyrone Phillips, Kerrod Holland and Brad Abbey, the Bulldogs deserve better than just one draw to their name so far this season and need to tighten their performance for fruitful results.
“(It’s) just sticking to some good things for the whole game,” Patmore said. “That ball control is a big issue at the moment so we need to make sure that’s much higher than what it is.”
Taking on a formidable Wyong Roos lineup, the Bulldogs cannot afford any lapses this week against a side possessing the likes of Omar Slaimankhel, Mitch Williams, Brock Molan and Jai Ingram who have been in superb form.
Wyong is full of confidence after a scintillating first half where they piled on the points for an insurmountable 36-0 lead against the Warriors in Auckland last week. Slaimankhel played a huge role in the key victory in his move to five-eighth, increasing his involvement in running the ball 12 times and scored a try.
“It’s great to get the exposure on TV – that’s always a good thing but we’re focused on Wyong can do and they’ve got a big pack,” Patmore said. “We’ve certainly got to be big good down the middle against their big forwards – that’s the focus for us this week.”
There’s one thing everyone knows – the Bulldogs are at their best when their backs are against the wall.
ROOS 1 ALEX LANGBRIDGE 2 JOE BURGESS 3 NATHAN SMITH 4 DOMINIC REARDON 5 CHARLIE TAYLOR 6 OMAR SLAIMANKHEL 7 TYLER CORNISH 8 PAKI AFU 9 MITCH WILLIAMS © 10 ZANE TETEVANO 11 JUSTIN TOOMEY-WHITE 12 JAI INGRAM 13 BROCK MOLAN 14 JOEY LUSSICK 15 JAKE LEWIS 16 JACKSON HILL 17 CARNE DOYLE-MANGA 18 KURT WARDEN 19 CHRIS CENTRONE COACH RIP TAYLOR
BULLDOGS 1 BRAD ABBEY 2 TYRONE PHILLIPS 3 KERROD HOLLAND 4 REUBENN RENNIE 5 JARROD MCINALLY 6 MATT FRAWLEY 7 DANE CHISHOLM 8 MAKAHESI MAKATOA 9 BRONSON GARLICK 10 RAY MOUJALLI 11 SHAUN LANE 12 RENOUF TO’OMAGA 13 GRAHAM CLARKE 14 BRAD KEIGHRAN 15 ELIAS SUKKAR 16 JAKE KAMIRE 23 RICHARD COOREY COACH ANDREW PATMORE