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Round 4: vs Souths Sydney Rabbitohs



I expect no change to last weeks lineup. Perhaps Pritchard may be back.. 


very tough match coming up... 


we have had a tough draw, and still won't get any easier for a couple of weeks. 


it is early in the season but it does look like the 2013 Premier will come from either the Cowboys, Storm, Rabbitohs or Sea Eagles... and we play them all in the first 5 rounds 


I have been provided of a team list, not sure how reliable it is..

Barba, Frank the tank back

Low and Tim Browne to drop to reserve grade

Mitch Brown retained on wing 


Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarbas Back!!!!!!!!!!!! 


1 Ben Barba
2 Mitch Brown
3 Josh Morris
4 Krisnan Inu
5 Sam Perrett
6 Josh Reynolds
7 Kris Keating
8 Aiden Tolman
9 Michael Ennis (c)
10 Martin Taupau
11 Tony Williams
12 Josh Jackson
13 Greg Eastwood

14 Dene Halatau
15 Dale Finucane
16 David Klemmer
17 Frank Pritchard
20 Tim Browne
23 Tim Lafai 


How good is my mail 


well done

and should you come across certain inside info about the Dogs that should not be shared publicly, do kindly PM me 


The best! 


Id hav klemmer infront of williams. He needs a rocket up hes ass! 


[h=1]Canterbury Bulldogs to hunt bunnies during the Good Friday clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs[/h]
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[*] Canterbury-Bankstown

[h=2]South West[/h]

[h=1]Canterbury Bulldogs to hunt bunnies during the Good Friday clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs[/h]

[*] Adam Vidler
[*] Canterbury-Bankstown Express
[*] March 26, 2013 12:00AM
Dale Finucane during the NRL Bulldogs rugby league training at Belmore Oval, Sydney. Picture: Brett Costello. Source: The Daily Telegraph

YOUNG forward Dale Finucane knows what a challenge the Bulldogs will face when going up against the rampaging South Sydney Rabbitohs on Good Friday.

However, he is also hungry for the challenge.

"We're looking forward to it," he said after the Bulldogs' tight 22-18 loss to the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park last Thursday.
"But it's going to be a tough game."
The Rabbitohs are undefeated this season, while the Bulldogs have recorded one victory over the Parramatta Eels in round two.

However, Finucane was adamant the Bulldogs would not be overawed by South Sydney's firepower.

"We're more focused on ourselves, on our own game," he said of the side's ANZ Stadium home game encounter.
"We'll look at containing their players they'll get Sam Burgess back, which will add to their pack."

Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba is also expected to make his comeback at the game. Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has refused to be drawn on a definite date for the Barba's return, though the player has been training with the squad. 


[h=1]Holden Cup and NSW Cup Sides Announced[/h]

Tuesday 26 March 2013 5:22 PM
NYC v Storm
ANZ Stadium
Friday, 29 March
1. Patrick Templeman
2.Costner Lemafa
3. Dylan Rintoul
4. Dujuan Liolevave
5. Pio Seci
6. Moses Mbye
7. Jaline Graham
8. Lloyd Perrett
9. Blake Carter
10. Herman Ese’ese
11. David Minute
12. Danny Fualalo
13. James Ralphs
14. Robbie Kamoto
15. Shaun Lane
16. Josh Vaartjes
17. Makahesi Makatoa

Coach: Andy Patmore
NSW Cup v Sea-Eagles
Brookvale Oval
Saturday, 30 March
1. Nathan Massey
2. Brett Lane
3. Tim Lafai
4. Ed Murphy
5. Daniel Abou-Sleiman
6. Joel Romelo
7. Trent Hodkinson
8. Junior Palau
9. Shane Pumipi
10. John Kite
11. Lachlan Burr
12. Harlan Alaalatoa
13. Paul Carter
14. Steve Azzi
15. Josh Gill
16. Dean Janda
19. Gareth Shepherdson

Coach: Barry Ward 


[h=1]Ben Barba named to make NRL return[/h]
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Ben Barba is all smiles at training ahead of his NRL return Source: The Daily Telegraph

CANTERBURY superstar Ben Barba will make his return in the Good Friday clash with South Sydney, ending a month-long NRL exile.

His return comes to the delight of teammates who are confident he's mentally ready to make a comeback.
The 2012 Dally M Medal winner was today named to line up at fullback for his first match of the season.
Barba was indefinitely suspended over gambling and alcohol issues on February 25, but Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds says the 23-year-old is in a good place.
“I think he is ready,” Reynolds said.
“Talking to him, he is in a good state but it is up to (coach Des Hasler) and it is up to (Barba).
“But he has come back with a real positive attitude to training and that has been good for the playing group because everyone was hoping he would be okay.”

Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis said the key to Barba's return was not just about his fitness but also his personal welfare.
“Ben is in great shape,” Ennis said before the team announcement.
“He had a wonderful pre-season which was obviously disrupted for a period of time in February.
“But he is back at training now and he is working really hard to get into shape and the key is he feels good about himself now and his head is where it needs to be.”
Last year's grand finalists lost their opening-round clash with North Queensland, beat Parramatta in round two and lost to Melbourne in round three.
A loss to the Rabbitohs would leave them with ground to make up early in the season.
Backrower Frank Pritchard was named on a six-man bench in what would be his first match of the season after recovering from a leg injury.


[h=1]Humble Barba to atone with cool head in heat of battle[/h] Bulldogs prop Tim Browne, the player involved in a heated altercation with Ben Barba at training over the summer, insists there is no bad blood between the pair and has welcomed the fullback's return.

Browne and Barba almost came to blows in the pre-season during an opposed session at Belmore Sportsground. Barba, who has a reputation for being a hot-head on the football field, has since made significant steps to change his life after revelations he has a drinking and gambling problem.

Browne says he is excited about potentially running out on to ANZ Stadium alongside the Queenslander on Good Friday. ''It was just a heated pre-season opposed session,'' Browne said. ''Every club probably goes through it and being a competitive sort of group it's bound to happen from time to time.
''There's no bad blood between myself and Benny and I can't wait until he gets back and I play alongside of him, that's for sure.''

At the time of the quarrel, Browne said he had no inkling Barba's health was deteriorating. ''Personally, myself, I didn't know,'' Browne said. ''It was just one of those fitness sessions that maybe got a little bit out of hand. After the game we shook hands and had a laugh about it. That's for sure. It was nothing personal at all. It will be excellent to have him back on board when he's healthy and fit and ready to go.''

Captain Michael Ennis reiterated the club's backing of Barba when he addressed the fullback in front of his teammates upon his return to training a fortnight ago.

''He's training very well on the field and he has that real humbleness about him right now getting around training,'' Ennis said. ''I said last year publicly that I thought he handled the hype extremely well. He continued to work hard on his game and never got ahead of himself. He's back doing that at training. He's there after the session doing his extras and just trying to do what he does best and what he needs to improve on.

''Through life you learn from different experiences and there's no doubt that was a major experience he's faced in his life. He's certainly come back here with a real focus … and a real hunger to want to follow the steps the rehabilitation have put in place for him over a longer period of time.'' Barba has been named at fullback for the clash against the Rabbitohs, with Frank Pritchard poised to play his first game of the year, named on an extended bench.

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[h=1]The real Barba back in NRL, say Bulldogs[/h]
The old Ben Barba is back and ready to wreak havoc again on NRL defences according to his Canterbury teammates.

He was named on Tuesday to make his return from club suspension in Friday's clash with South Sydney for the first time since being stood down indefinitely over gambling and alcohol issues on February 25.

Barba has spent a week training with teammates after two weeks' rehabilitation in a private Sydney clinic and playmaker Josh Reynolds said the superstar fullback was ready again to produced his scintillating best.
"He has come back really focused - his mind is on the job," Reynolds said on Tuesday.

"He really wants to go out there and show everyone that he can do the things that he did last year and, hopefully, he will go out there and do that for him and for us.
"I think he is ready. Talking to him, he is in a good state and he has come back with a real positive attitude to training and that has been good for the playing group because everyone was hoping he would be okay."
"He played that All Stars game and absolutely blitzed it and he will come back for us and just do his thing."

Barba has missed the opening three games of the Bulldogs 2013 campaign but captain Michael Ennis said he expected the reigning Dally M medallist to hit the ground running.

"Ben is in great shape," Ennis said.

"He had a wonderful pre-season which was obviously disrupted for a period of time in February.

"But he is back at training now and he is working really hard to get into shape and the key is he feels good about himself now. His head is where it needs to be so he can take the field at 100 per cent.
"Certainly around training, he is himself again, he has that real humbleness and just gets the job done.

"Ben obviously copped plenty of media last year with the stellar run he had and he will be used to that (expectation).

"I'm sure he will handle the situation." 


[h=1]El Masri says troubled star can rise higher without baggage[/h]
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[h=1]'You'll never be alone': Mum's message to returning Barba[/h] In his corner: Ben Barba's parents, Ken and Kim, with the star's daughter Bronte. Photo: Chris Lane

Just days before Ben Barba's anticipated return to league, his mother has opened up about the heart-to-heart discussion she had with her son.

Kim Barba flew from Mackay to Sydney the day her son checked out of the northern beaches rehabilitation clinic a fortnight ago, and was greeted by a ''calmer'' version of the man she last saw.
With her son's career and life at a crossroads, Kim offered some motherly advice in what was an emotion-charged conversation with the Canterbury superstar, who, she said, would be given the final say on whether he's ready for a comeback to the game.
"I went down for about four days when he came out and it gave me the chance to have a bit of a one-on-one with him," she told Fairfax Media.

"When we finally got back to his place from the airport, we had a moment and it was very touching. I told him to keep up with his onward counselling and to just remember where he came from and what he stands for.

"I reminded him about all his family and how much support and love he had around him. I told him, 'You'll never be alone'."

His two-week stint in rehabilitation wasn't just beneficial to help him overcome his alcohol and gambling problems.

Barba, who in the space of 12 months became the game's pin-up boy, has long been considered a hothead on the football field and has a reputation in his home town of Mackay as someone who often lets his emotions spill over.

His inability to control his anger has often got him into trouble, including with teammates, which is why his mother was delighted to see a level-headed son when she stayed with him a fortnight ago.

''He was a bit calmer than usual,'' she said. ''He seemed to be a lot more positive about things and clearer about where he was headed. He was always a bit highly strung as a young boy. He was just a very competitive young fellow. But it was good to see he was a lot calmer when he came out.’’

She admitted the ordeal with her son has been ‘‘scary’’, but knows he has the ability to overcome the obstacle – at least when he puts his mind to it.

She said Barba’s break-up with high school sweetheart Ainslie Currie, the mother of his children, contributed to the 23-year-old’s growing dependence on alcohol and gambling.

‘‘You have to remember he’s still a young fellow with a family and small children,’’ his mother said. ‘‘[His break-up] was always going to have some sort of effect on him. He was trying to cope with it all. The drinking and gambling and trying to put everything in its rightful spot, he found that all very hard to come to terms with.’’

Kim, who has been in regular contact with Ben since flying back to Mackay, said she’s expecting a phone call from her son before Wednesday to tell her if he will face the Rabbitohs on Good Friday.

‘‘The Bulldogs are leaving that up to him and when he’s ready,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re just waiting for him to let us know for sure. Probably Wednesday at the latest he will call to tell us.’’

The Bulldogs, particularly boss Todd Greenberg, have received plenty of praise for the way they’ve handled the situation and Kim met Greenberg when she was last in Sydney to express her gratitude.

’’I’m definitely happy with the way the Bulldogs supported him,’’ she said. ‘‘I spoke to Todd when I went down there. He let me know that they are still there to support him, even though he isn’t playing.

‘‘They are right behind him and I’m very happy with what they’ve done for him.’’

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[h=1]Stats illustrate Bulldogs are just a cut above with Barba[/h] Date March 28, 2013

Canterbury have won just one game without Ben Barba since the superstar fullback established himself as an NRL player.

Statistics provided by Sportsdata reveal just how much they rely on the Dally M medallist, with the Bulldogs winning one of the seven games he has missed since 2010 for a win rate of 14 per cent.

When he is in the line-up Canterbury have won 41 of 72 matches for a win rate of a tick under 57 per cent. Prior to 2010, Barba played eight games over two seasons.

In another indication of how the attack has faltered without their most potent weapon, the Bulldogs have scored just 50 points without him so far this season. At the corresponding point last year - when he was scoring tries and providing a vital link with the forwards - the side was on top of the table after racking up 84 points. It's why Barba's teammates are relieved to see their main strike weapon return.

''It's going to be great,'' winger Sam Perrett said. ''He obviously offers a lot as a player, just going off his form last year, it's not hard to see how valuable he is. It's going to be great having him back for our dynamics and the things he can do.''

Barba's first assignment back is marking up on South Sydney star Greg Inglis. In the All Stars match, Barba scored three tries after forcing Inglis into the centres. This time they will go head to head in the No.1 jerseys.

The custodians have played each other on three occasions, with Barba shading Inglis in tries scored (3-0), line breaks (5-3), line-break assists (6-2) and offloads (6-1). However, Inglis has made more runs (74-57) and notched more metres (717-550). The Rabbitohs are less reliant on Inglis, winning six of their 12 games in his absence. Their winning rate with him also hovers around the 58 per cent mark.

Speaking at the Easter Show, Souths centre Dylan Farrell said Barba's return was a positive for the game. ''I'm not sure what's going on there with Ben but if the Bulldogs are bringing him back maybe that's the best thing for him,'' he said. ''All the little kids here at the Easter Show have been running around and asking, 'Where's Ben Barba' . . . when they love any player that much you want to see him out on the field.''

Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds added: ''It's good for the game, good for the Bulldogs to have him back.

''We're not too worried about [his return] - we're just worried about ourselves at the moment. We've got to get to playing good football and hopefully we can play good on Friday. ''We'll just be playing our normal game, kicking to the corners, repeat sets, just the usual stuff. He's very good at the back and it's hard to get your kicks away.''

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[h=1]Ben's feeling the love as hype builds for comeback[/h]

Passion rekindled: Bulldogs star Ben Barba sharpens his skills during a training drill. Photo: Peter Rae
Canterbury fullback Ben Barba has spoken for the first time about his NRL comeback, revealing his joy at returning to the game that shot him to stardom.

Barba is back for the Good Friday blockbuster against South Sydney in a marquee match-up against champion fullback Greg Inglis. Officials hope the return of the Dally M medallist will help to attract up to 40,000 fans.

The 23-year-old hasn't played since a trial against Canberra in Goulburn, in which he told a trainer at half-time: ''I don't want to play footy any more.''

But after a stint in rehab to work through personal problems, Barba has rediscovered his love of league. ''It's great to have been named in the team for this week's match against the Rabbitohs,'' Barba said on the website of ANZ Stadium, one of his official sponsors. ''It's been a difficult period but it's felt great to be around my mates and back training. I love rugby league and to be back doing what I love is fantastic. I'm looking forward to feeling the footy buzz again.''


Bulldogs officials have given Barba all the time and space he needs to overcome his issues, although specialists have stated football will play an important part of the recovery process.

Coach Des Hasler said Barba was ''grateful'' for the opportunity to train and play with his teammates. ''It's Ben's first game of the year and and it's obviously like Benny coming in off the start of a pre-season,'' Hasler said. ''But I can tell you he's really excited. He's really grateful and obviously sees [his return] as a real privilege. He just wants to get back to playing football.

''The public need to realise that footballers are like everybody else, they have real issues in [their lives] as well. He's dealt with them honestly and now let's let him get back with his footy.''

With the Dogs winning just one of their opening three matches, the pressure will immediately be on Barba to spark the attack against the unbeaten
Rabbitohs. However, Hasler said fans shouldn't expect him to perform miracles. ''Just go there and enjoy watching him play,'' Hasler said.

Canterbury will also be bolstered by the return of Frank Pritchard, who was named on an extended bench. The Kiwi international will make his return from groin surgery if he gets through a final fitness test on Thursday. The Bulldogs and South Sydney will face off for the first time since their dramatic preliminary final clash in which Adam Reynolds' injury cruelled any chance of the Rabbitohs progressing into the grand final.

That match, which was also played at ANZ Stadium, drew a crowd of 70,354. While the replay won't attract those numbers, it is expected to be one of the biggest crowds for a club game in recent years. The venue has opened its level-six seating areas, which hasn't happened since Nathan Hindmarsh's farewell drew 45,863 - the most attended regular-season fixture since 1969.

''Sales are on par for any club rugby league game in recent history,'' ANZ Stadium media director Arthur Stanley said.

With more than 100,000 fans also expected to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show at Sydney Olympic Park on Good Friday, football supporters are being encouraged to take advantage of integrated ticketing, with the cost of public transport included in the game-day ticket. Direct trains will run to Sydney Olympic Park every 10 minutes on Good Friday and major event buses will run on 11 routes across Sydney.

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All the focus is on the Bulldogs and barba for this game.



you can talk down your team all you like, but you guys should win this match. We are still missing key players from last years team 


[INDENT]Adam Reynolds, Isaac Luke, S burgess and Gregory Inglis...

Bunnies key players for mine [/INDENT] 


i expect souths to put pressure on barba with a few bombs and wont give him any space. lets hope that he is up to it and the team supports him. 

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