The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs head to Brisbane this weekend as part of the NRL’s Magic Round looking for that all important two points.
The Bulldogs claimed victory in round seven over the Cronulla Sharks, but have suffered two losses over the past two weeks.
Their opposition, the Canberra Raiders, head into the round 10 clash having lost five games on the trot and coach Trent Barrett knows both teams will be fighting hard for the two points.
“This week presents an opportunity to get away, get out of Sydney for a week and get up to Brisbane and play. Canberra are under a little bit of pressure as well. Both teams are pretty desperate for a win,” Barrett added.
Despite having only claimed one win for the season and with so much external noise outside the four walls of Belmore, the team’s focus has not changed and will not change for the remainder of the season.
“We're still aiming to win every week. There's 16 rounds to go, there's 32 points up for grabs. Whilst the first nine weeks haven't been kind to us and we'd like to be playing a hell of a lot better, we're certainly not putting the cue in the rack and we're going to Brisbane to win. We will start getting some players back too, which will make it easier and a lot of those blokes are our senior blokes too, particularly our captain Josh Jackson who we miss quite a lot. We're not throwing the season away. We aim to improve every week and we need incremental improvements over the course of the year and if we do that, we're going to win some games,” said Barrett.
Sport can be a roller coaster and in his first season at the Bulldogs, the Head Coach has certainly experienced the highs and lows of rugby league.
The game throws up so many challenges and the only way to tackle them head on, is stick together.
“I'd like to be winning more games, the players would too, the whole club would, our fans would, but this is the predicament we're in at the minute and we've just got to fight our way out of it,” Barrett said.
Match: Bulldogs v Raiders
Round 10 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane