Finally, the 2015 NRL season is upon us. The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs take on the Penrith Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Penrith’s Pepper Stadium, opening the season with a 2014 Preliminary Final rematch. The Bulldogs ended the Panthers’ 2014 season in that game, and earned themselves a Grand Final berth in the process, something the Panthers have surely not forgotten.
Here’s what to watch for in the first meaningful Bulldogs action of 2015. (Kickoff: 4pm AEDT – Pepper Stadium, Penrith – TV coverage: Channel 9)
The Bulldogs prevailed against the rival Sea Eagles in an overtime thriller, with Halfback Trent Hodkinson yet again showcasing his nerves of steel when the lights burn brightest to sink Manly with the game-winning golden point Field Goal. It was an enthralling affair from start to finish. Here are the ups and downs. Continue reading
The Bulldogs capitulated in their regular season finale against the lowly Titans. They surged to a big lead early, only to drop off the intensity, let the Titans back in to the game and eventually lose to them in extra time. Their form did nothing to inspire confidence heading in to their do or die clash with the Storm in week 1 of the NRL Finals. Here are the ups and downs.
Today, the Bulldogs (4-2) take on the Rabbitohs (3-3) in the traditional Good Friday NRL game. A win today would give Canterbury-Bankstown their 4th in a row, further solidifying their status as one of the premier teams of the NRL thus far this season. Here’s what to watch for. (Kick-0ff 4pm AEST, ANZ Stadium, Sydney – TV coverage: Fox Sports) Continue reading
On the back of their gritty 9-8 victory over reigning Champions the Roosters, the Bulldogs (3-2) travel to New Zealand to take on the Warriors (2-3) on Sunday in search of win number 4 for the season. Here’s what to watch for. (Kick-off 2.00pm AEST, Eden Park, New Zealand – TV coverage: Fox Sports) Continue reading