If this is the precursor to the Grand Final in October then hopefully it is a matter of losing the battle and winning the war for the boys from Belmore.
Brett Morris 5/10
Unfortunately, it was B Moz worst showing for the Bulldogs although his halves did him no favors with providing him with open space and time with the ball.
Curtis Rona 5/10
Another new recruit in 2015, the leagues top try scorer has now gone consecutive matches without troubling the scorers. His early set hit ups and finishing prowess were missing and position wise on defense he was all at sea
Josh Morris 6/10
Grabbed a meat pie albeit dubious forward pass by his brother in the lead up and had a battle on his hands with his opposite Jordan Kahu in his face all night, still, he won the individual contest by split decision.
Tim Lafai 4/10
Is it me or has Lafai been below par since returning back from injury? He seems gun shy, indecisive and lacking confidence. Maybe a quick stint in NSW cup to recapture his attacking game could just be the tonic.
Sam Perrett 5/10
The veteran is seeking a renewal of his contract but on last nights effort alone I would be non committal considering the depth in outsides back available such as off contract Corey Thompson. Perrett was below his best last night something a lot of his team mates had in common.
Moses Mbye 3/10
Easily his worst game for the Dogs. He failed to steer the side around the park and his general kicking game was equal with his goal kicking - below par. One could argue he did not get the same platform from his pack as he did 10 days earlier at Belmore but even so, more was expected from him in the absence of Hokko.
Josh "Grub" Reynolds 7/10
I thought he was the only attacking spark in the side, he tried his heart out as usual and defused a couple of sticky situations. He was always in the fight but lacked polish on his 5th tackle kicks.
Aiden Tolman 6/10
I love the guys thirst for work and the numbers don't lie 146m for 46 tackles - impressive. However what the numbers dont tell you is that sometimes he takes a hit up when a long shift is on which halts momentum and the team loses an opportunity over another hit up to add to his individual statistics.
Michael Lichaa 6/10
64 tackles for any player is going to stifle any contribution on attack. In coming weeks I would like to see him offer another focal point on attack by skipping out of dummy half and or creating space for his forwards by sucking in marker Cameron Smith styles.
James Graham 5/10
Better for the run to get some mileage in his legs.
Josh Jackson 7/10
Ran hard, tackled hard all night but limited limits as Hasler chose to ease him back from Origin
Frank Prtichard 5/10
The trick for Hasler is to find out how to get the "Tank" performing like he did in the "Back to Belmore" game.
Greg Eastwood 3/10
His numbers were very low and with the emergence of boom second rower Shaun Lane, the ability of Jackson to play 13, this guy needs to aim up and fast!
Sam Kasiano 6/10
Added some starch on attack and defense
Tim Browne 5/10
A bit over enthusiastic giving away a costly penalty close to halftime which then leads to Sam Thaiday scoring.
David Klemmer 7/10
I like to see him starting the match but who goes to the bench? Good contribution considering it was his second footy match in 3 days.
Shaun Lane 5/10
He was badly exposed on defense when he failed to count numbers and push up when he missed badly on Thaiday which led to a try and then again in the second half when he watched a face ball whiz past him for Adam Blair to score under the posts - the dagger!
Des Hasler 5/10
The game plan was hard to understand and the decision to rest Hodkinson backfired.