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Bulldogs to reassess after Storm clash

Canterbury will use next week's bye to reassess their NRL regular season goals - with the result of Sunday's grand final rematch likely to have a big impact on those discussions.
Bulldogs to reassess after Storm clash
by AAP

By Steve Jancetic

SYDNEY, July 13 AAP - Canterbury will use next week's bye to reassess their NRL regular season goals - with the result of Sunday's grand final rematch likely to have a big impact on those discussions.

The Bulldogs sit 10th on the ladder heading into the final third of the season, but such is the congestion mid-table that a win over the Storm could see them finish the weekend just two points outside the top four.

Achieving that win has been helped by the availability of five-eighth Josh Reynolds - who on Friday was dropped from the NSW Origin squad for next week's series decider.

Coupled with the fact the Storm will be without four players - including the 'big three' of Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and skipper Cameron Smith - due to Origin commitments, Canterbury will go into the ANZ Stadium encounter as overwhelming favourites.

But having been burnt when heavy favourites against a depleted Sydney Roosters side two weeks ago, the Bulldogs aren't taking anything for granted, particularly after letting two competition points slip through their fingers in last week's loss to Newcastle.

"That's been the story of our season so far - we've been right in games but just haven't been able to get over the line in the end," prop Aiden Tolman said.

"Even a fortnight ago against the Roosters, we probably did enough to win as well - but looking at it from the other point of view they've (the opposition) done enough to win it and they did.

"We're not sitting too bad - if we can string a couple of wins together then we're still not too far out of the top eight and the top four.

"We're confident we can get the job done but it needs to start this weekend."

And after that the Bulldogs will set their sights of the run home - and figuring out exactly how far they will have to adjust their pre-season goals.

"We've got one game to go and then the bye, I think maybe in the bye we'll reassess our goals from there," halfback Trent Hodkinson said.

"Coming off the minor premiership last year, top four would have been great goal.

"But in saying that I think we're ninth on the table at equal sixth. It's so tight.




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