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Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa was impressed with his team’s performance against the Canberra Raiders in Round nine.

With the Bulldogs losing James Graham and Josh Reynolds in the first half due to injury, and despite being down by six points at the break, the remaining players managed to show resilience and courage in the second half to walk away from ANZ Stadium with a 16-10 win.

The performance from the team, according to Lichaa, was one of the best this season and he hopes the side can continue to show the same attitude this week.

“We’re just going to try and build off that Canberra win and I thought it was one of our best games of the season. We really completed well and our defence was on song. We shut down Leilua and Rapana which is pretty hard to do, so if we can take that into this week I think we’re in for a good game,” said Lichaa.

The 23-year old made 42 tackles in the win and he expressed how the competitiveness and commitment shown throughout the second half played a huge role in collecting the points.

“There wouldn’t have been many people that would’ve tipped us to win. We’ve only really had the one bad game this year and that was against Manly. The rest have been really competitive and when we have lost, it’s only been by four or six points. We’ve been playing some good footy and we just need to keep winning,” added Lichaa. 

Off-contract at season’s end, the number nine remains hopeful he will extend his playing career at Belmore and is hoping to have something sorted out in the next few weeks.

“I’ve been speaking with my management and he told me he’s getting it sorted in the next couple of weeks, so hopefully I can have something done. I want to stay here as long as Dessie wants to keep me around. I definitely want to stay.”

Lichaa has been named in Des Hasler’s starting line-up for the Bulldogs clash against the North Queensland Cowboys on Thursday night at ANZ Stadium. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.