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The Bulldogs hosted the Panthers on Saturday night in their first pre-season trial at Belmore.

The home side fielded a strong team in the sweltering conditions, with the likes of Josh Ryenolds, James Graham, Aiden Tolman, David Klemmer and Josh Jackson all getting some time under their belts.

“There were some good things to come out of the game and there were some things that we need to work on, but overall I thought it was a good hit-out,” Reynolds said.

“The first trial is always about blowing the cobwebs out. You can do as much training over the pre-season as you want, but when you come into the first 40 minutes reality sets in. I came through unscathed, got some match fitness under the belt and I will now turn my attention to the Melbourne Storm in Hobart.”

The final trial match before the commencement of the Telstra Premiership, will see the Bulldogs tackle the Melbourne Storm at North Hobart Oval, on Saturday 18 February (4-30pm start)

The game between two of the top eight contenders last season, will see rugby league return to Tasmania for the first time in five years.

The game will also see Des Hasler field his strongest team available in preparation for Round One, which will take place against the Melbourne Storm at Belmore two weeks later.

“This week’s trial will give the boys a chance to play more minutes and allow Des to have a look at what he has going into round one. It will also be a great opportunity for the squad to build on the platform laid last weekend.” Reynolds said.

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