Round 9 Opposition Thoughts
Each week in 2016 bulldogs.com.au will take a look at the opposition for the week and what the players think about coming up against the men in blue and white.
This Friday night the Bulldogs return to ANZ Stadium looking to make it back to back wins in 2016 for the first time since rounds one and two.
During the week a number of the Eels players and Coach Brad Arthur spoke to parraeels.com.au about the battle on Friday night.
“If you look at the last game, it was a really close contest. I know if you look at the score it blew out, but it was about 8 minutes to go and that probably didn’t reflect the closeness of the game. It was a tough game, it was an arm wrestle and a real slog, I’m sure it’s going to be that sort of match again. They’re probably not as happy as they want to be with their form but they’re in every game and they play every game for a full 80 minutes. They don’t give you much, and you’ve got to be at your best to take your opportunities against them.” – Head Coach Brad Arthur.
“They are a big pack that are always pretty physical but that’s what you get excited for, running into a big pack and trying to prove yourself. It will be another challenge and we are looking forward to bouncing back after what happened last week.” – Prop forward Danny Wicks.
“They had a pretty close game on the weekend, and after last time we played them, I am sure they will be disappointed with that. I am sure they will have plenty of motivation coming into it. They are a big physical team, so it will be a hard game.” – Fullback Michael Gordon.
“It will be another tough battle against their forwards because they are a big pack too. I’m looking forward to it and happy to be going up against some of their big fellas.” – Prop forward Peni Terepo.