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    We are off and running and NRL’s round one is now behind us. So what have we learnt? Firstly, I grossly underestimated how well-prepared Kevin Moore had his Bulldogs for their game against a hot Wests Tigers team.

    With players in seven new positions from the starting 13, the blue and whites had no right to produce such an awesome display.

    The Tigers did not play that bad although Robbie Farah clearly went into the game with a problem and was unable to kick and Benji Marshall played like he just ate a four Big Mac’s in George Street.

    He should be embarrassed to tell Jonathan Thurston that he was voted the best player in the world.

    If the Tigers are going to have the impact that most punters think they will, (author included) Tim Moltzen must play fullback and Robbie and Benjy must take control and stop kicking the ball out most of the time.

    I always thought that the Bulldogs’ time would be next year, but to play so well in round one against a class team with so many new heads was amazing and a credit to the coaching group.

    The mind boggles how they will be when they get used to each other and Kiwi International Eastwood returns to bolster the forwards. The forwards showcased the next big thing, kid Sam Kasiano who was stunning in his first big game as starting prop.

    Not many teams will be able to hold the Bulldogs out when they are close to the line with blockbusters like Kasiano, Idris and Pritchard rampaging.

    The other teams that looked contenders this year were champions St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Sydney Roosters, both teams were well below their best but still classy enough to claim the two points.

    The Roosters will get back their best player this week as Todd Carney and the Dragons will welcome chief talker Dean Young, very important in Wayne Bennett’s plans.

    The teams that lost ground include the Rabbitohs, Panthers, Broncos, Sea Eagles, Warriors and the Sharks. The jury is still out with the Titans, Cowboys and the Storm.

    The Knights, the Eels and the Raiders were all highly impressive but would need to back it up again this week.

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    The Crowd Says (8)

    • March 16th 2011 @ 8:14am
      oikee said | March 16th 2011 @ 8:14am | ! Report

      Very good summary, could not agree more with you Scott. After 3 rounds we all should have a clearer picture, but it’s looking sad already for a few teams.
      This can be a possitive also, i am looking forward to the Bronc’s playing Penrith the Sharks and Rabbits, teams we “might” be able to beat. 🙂

      • Roar Guru

        March 16th 2011 @ 3:23pm said | March 16th 2011 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

        Yep, as usual injuries will have a big say

    • March 16th 2011 @ 11:17am
      cicero said | March 16th 2011 @ 11:17am | ! Report

      I never let the facts get in the way of an opinion. That said, I’ll say this about the Bulldogs.. Don’t pass judgement on them until they face the Eels. I predict they’ll receive such a hiding that the RSPCA will be called in.

      • March 16th 2011 @ 2:24pm
        The Answer said | March 16th 2011 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

        Good to see the hollow rehetoric already pouring out of Parramatta. Talk is cheap, and given the Eels record that is a good thing becuase it is about all they can produce.

      • Roar Guru

        March 16th 2011 @ 3:26pm said | March 16th 2011 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

        Harsh call

    • Roar Rookie

      March 16th 2011 @ 4:46pm
      Josh Dutton said | March 16th 2011 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

      The Bulldogs might have inexperienced halves but their forwards should be able to set up a platform for them to win the big matches.

      I like the look of their front-row. Their depth is also very impressive.

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