Poor starts has Bulldogs chasing their tails

JAMES MACSMITH
Last updated 01:11 13/04/2013

Relevant offers

League

Samoan PM wants Kiwis to follow the All Blacks to Apia North Queensland Cowboys beat St George Illawarra Dragons in poor NRL clash Kiwis playmaker Kieran Foran signs new four-year contract with Parramatta Eels State of Origin: Why NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley won't give up on Robbie Farah Hooker Apisai Koroisau to quit Penrith Panthers and join Manly Sea Eagles on three-year deal Penrith Panthers go back-to-back with win over South Sydney Rabbitohs Kiwis playmaker Kieran Foran to accept new deal from Parramatta Eels Canterbury Bulls rugby league team to return to familiar pen From hated to hero, Charlie Gubb changes attitudes Cronulla Sharks hooker Michael Ennis cops one-game ban for high shot

The cavalry might be coming for Canterbury but, when it does, their NRL season could be all but over.

At the quarter-way mark of this year's regular season, last year's grand finalists have enjoyed only one win, over Parramatta, and endured five losses after their round-six 38-0 hammering at the hands of Sydney Roosters on Friday night.

The result will leave Canterbury 10 points behind the premiership frontrunners after Saturday's top-of-the-table clash between Melbourne and South Sydney.

Des Hasler's side look nothing like the team that set the NRL alight in 2012 and are sweating on a number of star players who they have sorely missed at the front end of the season.

But given their poor start, even when the likes of Sam Kasiano and James Graham return, the Dogs could be left chasing their tails for the rest of the season.

Graham and Krisnan Inu are due back from suspension in round 10, while the return of Kasiano (leg) remains up in the air.

Ben Barba's unsettled start to the season also hasn't helped the superstar fullback or his team.

In last year's decider, Melbourne's rushing defence on the edges exposed the shortcomings of the Bulldogs' chain passing among their forwards, which had previously proved so successful, and other sides have followed suit this year.

But the likes of Aidan Tolman and Martin Taupau lack the silky ball skills of Kasiano and, until the giant prop returns, if it isn't too late to save their season, Canterbury look set to continue to struggle.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content