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NRL: Bulldogs look to bounce back from bad start

  • NRL: Bulldogs look to bounce back from bad start

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After tries to Cheyse Blair and Suliasi Vunivalu had the Bulldogs trailing the Melbourne Storm inside the opening six minutes of last weekend's season opener, second rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner was quick to address what went wrong as his side look to bounce back against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday.

"It was how we started in the first half. Melbourne scored two very easy tries in the first six minutes and they were kept scoreless after that. Our main focus for this week is our start."

On another night, perhaps the Bulldogs would have reaped some reward for the attacking onslaught they inflicted on their opponents - particularly in the second half.

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With the Storm repeatedly defending from their own goal line, halves Moses Mbye and Josh Reynolds had plenty of chances but were ultimately unable to conjure up the telling blow that would level the match.


While this disappointing defeat already mounts pressure on coach Des Hasler, he has preferred to focus on the positives.

"I thought we chanced our hand pretty well in difficult conditions," Hasler said after the game. "There were some good performances there. Certainly some good signs going forward."

Hasler and co. will hope for a better start this time around as they prepare to face a Sydney Roosters side that led the Gold Coast Titans 28-0 at one stage of their round one win last weekend.


Mitchell Pearce and new-boy Luke Keary showed complete chemistry as Trent Robinson's new halves pairing and will be eager to get the two points in their home opener at Allianz Stadium.

However, given that the Bulldogs are without successive defeats to start a new season since 2007, perhaps a win beckons. Then again, it all depends on how they start.

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