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Bulldogs expecting fired up Easter Bunnies on Good Friday

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are expecting more complete 80 minute performances from both teams in the big Good Friday clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.
Bulldogs expecting fired up Easter Bunnies on Good Friday
by NRL

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are expecting more complete 80 minute performances from both teams in the big Good Friday clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.

The Bulldogs trailed early before getting over the top of the Gold Coast Titans 30-20 at Robina on Sunday while in Sydney, Souths were behind 16-4 inside the final five minutes of play before engineering a comeback that saw them claim a 17-16 win in Golden Point extra time.

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler is an admirer of the approach the Rabbitohs have shown under new coach Michael Maguire, and says they are not to be underestimated.

"They're a good side," Hasler says. "I know since 'Madge' (Souths coach Michael Maguire) has been there they've really eliminated a lot of their errors and they're playing with consistency.

"They're a big side and they're using that to their advantage. So it doesn't surprise me the way they're playing at the moment, they're leading the way as far as tackle breaks are concerned as they're such a big physical side."

The battle between fullbacks Ben Barba and Greg Inglis will be one to savour, and Hasler had nothing but praise for the job both have done for their sides in recent weeks.

"A clever move, (moving Inglis) into the fullback position until Merritt's back," the coach added. "It just allows a player of Greg's calibre to get his hands on the ball more.

"Benny acquitted himself really well last week, he came up with two intelligent and tremendous try saves. That's one aspect that Ben's really worked hard on and it's paying dividends for him.

"Benny's now looking at his game more, the coaches and the coaching staff have really worked hard on his game. Benny's got to be prepared to take that on and he's done so ? but it's one step at a time."

Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis plays his 150th NRL match on Friday and he says, while he's honoured to have made it this far in his career, it's far from a focus leading up to the match.

"It's a good achievement, hopefully it comes with a win," Ennis said of his impending milestone. "It's a big game for us, looking forward to getting back to ANZ Stadium and hopefully having a win.

"There's been some injuries along the way and there's always up and downs. When you see guys like Hindmarsh and Lockyer tick over 300 and your Bobcat's and all that that got to the 200, 150 doesn't seem like a massive achievement. But in the scheme of things it's something that I'm extremely proud of and I'm glad I get to do it in a Bulldogs jersey."

Hasler says he's looking forward to seeing his skipper lead the side out in the milestone game.

"Tremendous achievement in any player's repertoire. He's very passionate about his football Michael, and it's a great sign for his longevity and where he's going."

Friday's game, which kicks off at the earlier time of 4pm, coincides with what is traditionally the busiest day of the Sydney Royal Easter Show at the Sydney Showgrounds, and as a result a host of initiatives have been implemented to ensure supporters of both Clubs can get to the ground easily.

Integrated ticketing has been introduced, which means all event tickets and Rabbitohs and Bulldogs club membership passes include travel on public transport to and from the game.

The initiative is a joint effort from Transport NSW, ANZ Stadium, the NRL, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the Rabbitohs and the Bulldogs.

Good Friday is traditionally the biggest day of the Easter Show, with up to 120,000 people soaking up the atmosphere at Sydney Olympic Park. An additional 30,000 fans are expected at ANZ Stadium for a real party-like atmosphere.

Due to the high volume of people expected, parking stations at Sydney Olympic Park will fill before the 4pm kick off between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

To ensure a smooth event experience, patrons who have not pre-booked parking should not drive and are advised to take advantage of the additional express trains and Major Event bus services on offer.

Direct train services will be running every six to eight minutes between Central and Olympic Park and every 10 minutes between Blacktown and Olympic Park.

Tickets to the clash are available at Ticketek by calling 132 849.

For more information on available public transport services, visit

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