Fullback Will Hopoate chats with bulldogs.com.au after the four point win over the Manly Sea Eagles.
It went down to the wire and in the end the Bulldogs came away with a four-point win over the Manly Sea Eagles.
The Bulldogs have now made it three wins from their last three games and although the side still sits in the top four, fullback Will Hopoate believes the side made it hard for themselves in the end.
“I thought we were controlling the game in patches throughout, but we allowed the Sea Eagles back into the game. It’s something will learn from and continue to build towards the finals,” Hopoate said.
With finals only three weeks away, ball control is what needs to improve for the Bulldogs.
“It’s been the same story for the past couple of weeks and it’s our ball control that needs to improve.
“We let a lot of teams back into games by not respecting the ball and if you’re not completing your sets, it’s going to hurt.
“Thankfully we came away with the win tonight, but it’s a big lesson we’ve got to learn.”
The Bulldogs finished the game with 16 fit men after Raymond Faitala-Mariner was ruled out of the game mid-way through the first half with concussion and off the back of a five-day turnaround, it was a big effort from the side in particular the forward pack.
“Off the back of a five-day turnaround and to play ninety minutes, was a massive effort from the middle boys.
“They’re the reason why where winning games and they dug deep for us again tonight.”