The Bulldogs walked away from Townsville very disappointed after going down to the Cowboys 36 nil.
Both teams went into the clash looking to cement a spot in the top four, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it was the home side that made the statement.
After winning four in a row, the Bulldogs feel they missed an opportunity against a quality opposition, but according to hooker Michael Lichaa, the belief is still within the group to make a statement come finals time.
“We know we have a good time and everyone that comes up against us also knows we have a good team. They step up when they play us,” said Lichaa.
“It was just one of those games where nothing went our way. We’ve definitely got the belief and there are some good signs ahead of this week.
“We’ve just have to get back out there and win.”
The Bulldogs missed an opportunity to go out right third on the NRL ladder and while the result wasn’t ideal, Lichaa feels the side isn’t too far off the top three sides.
“We’re not at the same level as them at the moment, but we’re not far off.
“We have to be more consistent and win theses next few games, if we want to be talked about as a top two or three team.”
Consistency is what all Coaches and players are after and one side who has found that in 2016 is, the Cronulla Sharks and being a former Sharks player himself, Lichaa had his say on their season.
“They’re going pretty good and hopefully we get to play them in the finals.
“They’re a great team and if you want to beat them you need to play some great footy, but I do think their beatable.”
THERE'S sure to be fireworks when the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium.
The two clubs have produced some of the most exciting games in recent memory and it's sure to be more of the same in Round 21.