After going down to the New Zealand Warriors in Wellington, 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 – "The game was there for the taking, I think we had the game well in our grasp and we are pretty disappointed that we let this game slip away. It’s disappointing, there's no real other way to look at it. In both halves we just didn’t manage the game well enough."
Starting Graham and Tolman from the bench – “It was a five day turnaround and both boys have been playing big minutes. It was more a tactical thing.
Bulldogs Winger Sam Perrett:
Individual Performance – “I was really happy with the way some of our plays finished off. Dutchy did some awesome work and we have a good combination working there.”
Bulldogs front-rower Aiden Tolman:
What needs to change - "It's up to us as players. It's beyond the coaching staff. It's up to the individual to make sure their nailing their role and nailing what the need to do in a game, so when it comes to game time, we are playing together as a team. I don't think we're doing that at the moment."
Warriors Head Coach Andrew McFadden:
The team’s performance – "We didn't stop playing, particularly when we were behind in the second half. They had a fair bit of momentum going into halftime, but we came out and turned that around very quickly. It was a really important victory for us.”
Solomone Kata NO TRY: - “I just didn’t think it was a forward pass, but we stuck at it and we scored the next two tries. They're things you've just got to live with, and we did that today."
Warriors Captain Ryan Hoffman:
The team’s performance – "I thought we played really well that first half, we just clocked off a bit at the end, so we went into the second half with our heads held up. Obviously we would have liked not to concede those tries before half-time, but we have confidence in our defence, we know we are a good defensive team and we showed that with that second-half effort."
Warriors Five-eight Tuimoala Lolohea:
The win – “It was a good team performance against the Doggies. I was proud of my effort and I just tried to get as many carries as I could at the back. I had big shoes to fill when Roger went down.”
- The Warriors recorded their first win against the Bulldogs at Westpac Satdium.
- The Bulldogs completed at 89% for the first half.
- Three players scored doubles on the night. (Sam Perrett, Kerrod Holland and Blake Ayshford)
- The Warriors played 64 minutes of the match with 16 players.
- Tim Browne was placed on report for a trip.