Lots of bark but no bite

THEY clawed back in the second half but the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs were unable to topple the Raiders, losing 14-4, at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Friday night.

Despite the team managing a huge upset victory over the Roosters the week before, Matt Burton provided the Bulldogs’ only try.
One statistic highlights the side’s offensive night – the Bulldogs only managed 12 tackles in the opposition’s 20-metre line while the Raiders tackled 41 times 20 metres out from the Bulldogs tryline.
Only three Bulldogs players managed to run for more than 100 metres, recording only a singular line break across 80 minutes of Round 9 football.
Attack has been an issue for the Bulldogs all season, with their highest points total in a singular game coming in their Roosters win and Rabbitohs victory.
Bulldogs star Jake Averillo says the game was frustrating through their lack of completion.
“We didn’t do ourselves any favours,” he said.
“We just need to complete and we’ll get our chances; we need to ice those opportunities.”
Barrett will have a big job on his hands this week to unlock the partnership of Burton and Kyle Flanagan, hoping to increase the pairing’s attacking output.
Reed Mahoney’s arrival from the Eels, is set to displace Marshall-King out of the starting 13, and with the 26-year-old hooker off-contract at the end of the year.
The Bulldogs next take on the Knights on Friday from 6pm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.