Morris to make up for Belmore Shocker
Veteran centre Josh Morris was the first to admit he had a shocker in the Bulldogs' 22-8 upset defeat to the Canberra Raiders last Monday.
Morris produced three errors and two missed tackles on an equally disappointing night for the Belmore Sportsground faithful.
"It was one of the worst games I've played in a very long time. I have to turn that around this week. I was very disappointed," Morris said.
"I think as one of the senior players I have to take more ownership there. A lot of my errors in that first half put us under a lot of pressure. I've had my sulk about it now and since moved on though."
Morris refused to offer any excuses but revealed he vomited before the game for the first time in his career, and was still none the wiser about its cause.
"I was actually a bit crook before the game which threw me out," the 29-year-old said.
"I spewed before the game and I never do that. I felt okay all day which was a bit strange too. But I'm not making that my excuse. All my errors were balls to be caught which I didn't. I have to be better because my errors cost the team a fair bit of possession."
Morris's wing partner Curtis Rona wasn't concerned by his centre's performance and expects him to bounce back on Monday night.
"Josh is a competitor even if he has a bad game, and it's odd to see him have a bad game, so he'll be pumped for this week," Rona said.
"He'll get the ball rolling during the week at training and I just have to be there and support him. I know what he's capable of doing so I'm not too fazed by his recent performance."
Morris's main objective now is to dull any impact Melbourne's Will Chambers may have – an anticipated match-up and Test audition with the representative round just weeks away.
"[Chambers has] really stood up for Melbourne. He's very skilful and has good feet. He just keeps you guessing so you have to be on your toes and making sure you're not coming up with any misses," Morris said.
"If you do he'll generally turn line breaks into try-scoring opportunities – though in terms of Test football and Origin, I'm not thinking about it.
"We have two hard games coming up and that's my focus. This week it's Melbourne and the following week we'll head to Wellington to play the Warriors."