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Dogs need to turn NRL corner soon: Hasler

Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis has the mentality that every NRL game is a must-win, while coach Des Hasler concedes there's only so many tomorrows for the cellar dwellers to revive their campaign.
Dogs need to turn NRL corner soon: Hasler
by AAP

By Steve Jancetic

SYDNEY, April 27 AAP - Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis has the mentality that every NRL game is a must-win, while coach Des Hasler concedes there's only so many tomorrows for the cellar dwellers to revive their campaign.

With just one win under their belt from the opening six rounds, the Bulldogs head into Sunday's match-up with struggling Cronulla eyeing a much-needed two competition points.

Last year's minor premiers are fast losing touch with the premiership heavyweights, the NRL top four already four wins up on the Bulldogs.

"It's only round six, but we've got to avoid saying it's only round six," Hasler said.

"We don't want it to turn into round seven, and then round eight.

"It's a peculiar competition the NRL.

"I think we've all learnt the error in writing off sides that emerge at some stage later in the season."

But if the Bulldogs are to emerge, they need to start winning soon, the next six weeks could prove critical.

During that period they play just two teams currently inside the top eight, Newcastle and Brisbane.

But what follows is somewhat of a nightmare - a five-week run of games which includes a trip to Townsville to play North Queensland and match-ups with Manly, Melbourne, Newcastle and the Sydney Roosters, who hammered the Bulldogs 38-0 before last weekend's representative break.

"For me every game's a must-win, I don't think any player in the competition likes losing," Ennis said.

"I certainly don't like the feeling of seeing us down the bottom - I know we don't belong there."

The Sharks would be having similar sentiments, having lost three straight after winning two of their opening three games.

Star pivot Todd Carney resumes after missing two games with a foot injury, needing a big game to not only get the Sharks firing again but also to hold off a big push from James Maloney for his NSW Origin jumper.

Victory would also be a welcome distraction from another week of scandal off the field for both clubs, the Sharks still under the drugs cloud which has hovered over them for the entire campaign to date and the Bulldogs this weeks forced to fend off rumours of player unrest.


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