Hasler urges ‘Dogs to relish Storm test

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    They may have won their past six NRL matches to be unbeaten in 2012, but Canterbury coach Des Hasler wants his players to relish the chance to face a red-hot Melbourne side.

    Hasler has been hugely impressed with the Storm’s start to the season and typically was quick to play up how difficult his side’s chances of victory will be at AAMI Park on Saturday.

    “They’re playing really good footy and the way they have started the season shows they are the benchmark for every other team,” Hasler said.

    “For us, it is a real test for us to play against them.

    “The way they have been scoring against some of the more fancied sides like North Queensland in Townsville last week has been very impressive.”

    The Bulldogs also started the year well, winning their opening three fixtures, but two defeats in their past three encounters have curbed the excitement around Belmore.

    However, they are unbeaten in three matches away from home this season and, in Hasler, have a coach who won six of his last ten meetings with the Storm when in charge of Manly.

    Despite his respectable record, Hasler insists his Bulldogs will have it all to do if they are to reduce the influence of the Storm’s star trio of Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith.

    “Their big three players have been playing together for such a long time and their great advantage is that they know each others games so well and that is what you are combating,” he said.

    “But they are great side to play against. It’s a great opportunity for our players to get out there and face some real personal challenges.

    “If I was still playing I would be relishing playing against three of the best players in their positions in the world and testing myself.”

    The Bulldogs have won just once in the Victorian capital in 10 years – and that was back in 2005.

    Former Storm winger Steve Turner has first-hand knowledge of the Storm’s methods having spent five successful seasons with the club.
    “It’s always a test when any club faces the Storm. They are playing some great stuff,” he said.

    “I haven’t beaten them since I left and it would be nice to get one up on them.

    “But it’s going to take an 80-minute performance from all 17 of us. They’re a team that likes to get into an arm wrestle and into a grind.

    “Everyone talks about the big three and they seem to get better with age and Craig (coach Bellamy) really has them on song at the start of the year.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • April 14th 2012 @ 9:37am
      Bearfax said | April 14th 2012 @ 9:37am | ! Report

      I suspect the only ‘relish’ that this game will offer will be that which is atop of the meal that the Storm will make of the Doggies.

    • April 14th 2012 @ 2:52pm
      oikee said | April 14th 2012 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

      Look, any game where Dessy our very own Dinosaur might cop a absolute beating, is not only good for league, it is good for Australia.
      The media is not far behind him. I am turning off the news, even rugby league news if i hear garbage.
      I hold the power in my hands, its called remote controll.
      Any thing on tv that annoys me, i switch off, it is that simple. Some one mentioned this the other day, and is why i never watch fox news anymore, why would i want to watch AFL reports.

    • April 14th 2012 @ 8:10pm
      Big john said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:10pm | ! Report

      I was listening to the game on abc radio, and was sort of hoping that the Bulldogs would win, then I remembered that Hasler was the coach. Hating Hasler should be an Olympic sport.

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