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daniel3

daniel3

Anthony Mundine ‏@Anthony_MundineWanna say lot of peeps deal with problems differently! All I wanna see is @BenBarba03 back killing it! bra **** all haterz & thosetalkinshitAnthony Mundine ‏@Anthony_MundineNow just let the man get through his problems & comeback to what he does best #runshit keep your head up my man! Stay strong ✊Right into his corner now. Leae him alone Choc. 
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steveswr

steveswr

Bushman, Marki was like that when we had our full compliment. Alas you have summed it up pretty well...Kasiano is the big loss. I don't know what the go is with Morris. They said Perrett could have come on if needed but that is not going to be enough. Des should watch re-runs of the Miracle Worker because that is what he is going to have to be, 
DrewBou

DrewBou

Apart from our inability to score points against the top sides the only thing that worries me is our injury toll. I expected a lot more from Mbye tonight. 
Marki_V1

Marki_V1

For mine MBye showed plenty and outstaged the origin halfback. He kicked better (except for a poor bomb to Mitch which went over the sideline), tackled well, supported play well and chimed in well.
He is a nifty player and we need more of them. He even slotted into dummy half on a number of occasions which makes me think he could be that versatile player (14) we've been looking for...
Trust me. I'm seldom wrong 
bradsm

bradsm

Good first half. Very average second half. Would have been good for our for and against to put 40 or 50 on them. Next week is a big test of are we just making up the numbers in the semis or can we do some damage there. 
steveswr

steveswr

Marki...seldom wrong? I raced out and looked at the last vestiges of the moon and there wasn't even a hint of blueness about it.
It is funny that blokes like yourself and Drew Boo who were essentially down on the Dogs when we were going well all of a sudden have this hope that we can still do well this year. Unfortunately it ain't gonna happen. We just don't have the necessary troops available I'm afraid. 
Zef.

Zef.

Stared watching a game of footy last night and by then end of it had all my teeth pulled out. I reckon if you ranked every player who took the field out of 10 you'd be lucky to total 150.

The exceptions being JJ and the always mighty Timmy Lafai. Timmy is now a superstar, always something on when he's got the ball. No surprise that he doesn't run for the sidelines, always straightens with quick stepping, power running or superb passes. He's been the highlight of the season by pleeeeeeenty, I want this bloke a Dog for life. 
dan_o

dan_o

We won and now sit in 5th. Thats about where I thought we would finish this year. See what Des and the boys can pull out next week. Bring on Souffs. 
Zef.

Zef.

Beating South is everything. Penrith, Roosters, Manly, Storm, Souths are all involved in games v each other over the next 3 rnds.

We beat Souths we could fall in to 4th and from there have a sluggers chance. Lose and we'll probably be away in an elimination semi and a good chance to bounce straight out. 
hounddog

hounddog

Yes, Jackson and Lafai have pretty much been our best players all year.
The conditions got the better of players in the 2nd half, the only tries where from kicks, there is a trend where our team find it harder to score in 2nd halves.
Des was also resting players in the 2nd half, which was a good move.
I will give Hodko a try-assist for the Brooks try.
The main concerns are the fitness of Morris and Perrett and the form of Hodko.

Lets see how we go against the Bunnies .. am I expecting a good effort .. I would be happy to make them earn a win ....

They might end up putting a score on us, but it all depends on how it happens, if that does happen I think the score will blow out late in the game.

Hopefully it will be a close tough fight and if we don't win, we will get an idea of what we need to do differently next time.

As a final thought, Thompson was unlucky that Morris could not convert his great lead up work into a try. It would have been one for the highlight reel, Thompson played it perfectly.
 
hounddog

hounddog

@Zef I don't think falling into the bottom half of the 8 is an automatic deal sentence these days.
If a team can some how jag a home/away win in week 1, they are right in the mix.
The reason for that is their opponent for the following week is coming off a loss in a tough game.
I remember a brutal Dogs v Manly semi in 2012, the loser of that was always going out in the next week.
There is probably a big advantage in finishing 5th or 6th as you get the home game.
In some ways finishing 5th is an ideal result. 
ToddH

ToddH

Manly won their next game after our semi in 2012. They lost the gf qualifier against Melbourne. 
hounddog

hounddog

@ToddH Are u sure? ......
Anyway the point is it is not always easy to back up the following week after a tough game.
 
Balso

Balso

Lafai gives us some real class in the backs . We sure aren't getting any from Josh Morris . 
Balso

Balso

Balotelli .....yes come on down to Anfield .........SuperMario 
DrewBou

DrewBou

It will be interesting to see if Balotelli plays against City on Tuesday. 
ToddH

ToddH

Yes @houndog. They beat the cowboys in somewhat controversial circumstances. 
Balso

Balso

For Balotelli to play Tuesday his contract would have to be lodged by midday today uk time . That would be pretty unlikely as Liverpool are trying to get him to sign all sorts of behaviour clauses and Mario and his agent will dispute every point . Still I expect him ultimately to come . It is a great option for both parties . Esp at sixteen million pounds . 
Marki_V1

Marki_V1

Ouch. Just saw a horrible video ref decision by Luke Patten. He disallowed the Sandow try based on obstruction, but the only obstruction I saw was the actual definition in the rule book.
This interpretation of not being able to receive the ball before your decoy is a joke. If no defenders are obstructed, there IS no obstruction. 
Slinky

Slinky

It's Luke's cross eyes that confused him. Btw did we beat Parra a couple of weeks ago? 
Slinky

Slinky

Just looking at the Parramatta fans and can't help but feel we just went through the saddest 15 years of bulldogs being a homeless team.
Our yearly crowd averages were constantly over 20k during this period.
How awesome would it have been to be in our own little packed stadium just like the Parra fans. 
Slinky

Slinky

I don't get it.

Parramatta are a rabble team with no name players and a no name coach and they look like a champion team tonight.

Us on the other hand.... 
Slinky

Slinky

Their big men running straight and not sideways. The big men charge at the try line instead of going for bombs... Simple yet effective... Maybe we should try it once or twice this year. 
Marki_V1

Marki_V1

Wrong Slinky. Parra have put together a very well and balanced team. They have torched manly in the second half.
There is nothing more beautiful in rugby league than to see a team attack with depth.
If only our team attacked with even half the depth of parra. We are so flat we are horrible to watch in attack. 
annav3

annav3

is brett stewart a done deal now ? 
Mlad

Mlad

Parramatta will be the dark horse now . Manly seems they are heading into a slump . Lucky we got ours out of the way . 

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