Head Coach Des Hasler spoke with the media on Friday morning ahead of the Bulldogs clash with the Newcastle Knights.

The Bulldogs face the 16th placed Knights this weekend and despite the tough year Nathan Brown and his men have experienced, Hasler knows what the home side are capable of in front of their fans.

“We always have a very tough game with the Knights,” Hasler said.

“They’re always a different side at Newcastle. They’re a proud side and we won’t expect anything to be different.”

THERE WILL be no love lost when they Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs clash with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium.

The Bulldogs scrapped home against the Dragons in Round 21and with five games remaining until the finals kick-off, gaining momentum and looking to secure a top four spot is a focus for the fifth placed Bulldogs.

“The top four is an advantage, but you can’t control that because results swing each way and the only way you control it, is to keep winning.

“It starts this weekend for us.”

Hasler also agreed that the return of Jarryd Hayne to the NRL was great for the game and has no complaints about whether the two time Dally M medallist should be allowed to play this year.

“I think his return is tremendous for the game.

“The rules say that he can play. Good luck to him and good luck to the Titans.”