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Head Coach Des Hasler spoke with the media this morning to discuss a number of issues before the Bulldogs round 5 clash with the Canberra Raiders.

Those who were on the hill at Belmore and witnessed the Bulldogs' blistering opening against the Storm on a Monday night in Round 16 can't help but crack a smile any time that particular game gets a mention.

Occasions such as this are special because they are rare and after going 17 years without a game at Belmore it's an opportunity all footy fans should take up.

 What does the game at Belmore mean?

“It’s always a great community event. We’re hoping the community come out again tomorrow night and witness a game of footy.”

Do the players go to another level at Belmore?

“There was great energy last year and we expect that to be no different tomorrow night.”

What do you make of Canberra?

“I think Canberra at full strength, are one of the sleeping giants. They’re capable of beating anyone on any day. I expect tomorrow night to be one of the hardest games we’ll play.”

Will the focus against Canberra be up the middle third?

“I think that’s the platform that most sides focus on if they want success. You’ve got to win that middle platform. I think possession is really important in these types of games, particularly with the size of the Canberra pack.”

What have you made of Josh Hodgson’s performances?

“It doesn’t surprise me that he sits on top of the leader board in an individual player’s pursuit. I think he is important. I think he is a very good dummy half and a very good player. He has all the attributes and he certainly provides a lot of momentum with the way he brings players into the game.”

Are you impressed with Moses?

“Moses has started really well. He is playing off the back of some go forward and both him and Josh are coming up with those plays and those much needed results.”

Have you noticed a difference in Josh Reynolds?

“He is just focusing on the game ahead and that’s always a good thing.”

What does Hoppa’s decision mean?

“It just shows the respect we have for that, the club has and the understanding that goes along with it.”

NRL: Bulldogs v Raiders, Monday April 4, Belmore Sports Ground, 7pm


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