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Hasler hails ‘Dogs after Storm win

By Ian McCullough,

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    Canterbury coach Des Hasler saluted his team’s response from last week’s disappointing NRL loss to Newcastle in Mackay as they humbled depleted reigning premiers Melbourne 39-0 at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

    The Bulldogs ran in eight tries with the Storm held scoreless for the first time since the 2008 grand final as they struggled without State of Origin stars Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Ryan Hoffman.

    The win took Hasler’s side back into the top eight and improved their points differential thanks largely to a hat-trick of tries from Sam Perrett and an outstanding display from Josh Reynolds.

    Reynolds was released from the NSW camp on Friday to play the game after Blues coach Laurie Daley reconfigured his bench to accommodate the loss of injured skipper Paul Gallen.

    “The boys were disappointed after the Newcastle game in Mackay (losing 18-12) and wanted to make it right today and get back in the winners’ circle,” Hasler said.

    “Both sides were without players but the Storm missed their big three. But we still had to get the result.

    “The points help our for and against so it was good day all round.”

    Hasler admitted it was a pleasant surprise to get Reynolds back for training on Saturday and praised the manner in which the 24-year-old bounced back from the disappointment of missing out on Wednesday’s Origin decider.

    “He’s a positive kid Josh, he’s been part of it,” he said.

    “He’s always optimistic and he’ll go back in as 18th man and who knows what’ll happen between now and Wednesday.

    “He was alright when he rang me. He just loves playing football.”

    However the two-time premiership-winning coach did concede Reynolds was lucky to not be sin-binned when he hauled down Justin O’Neill as he grubbered the ball towards the tryline early in the second half, with the officials opting to only award a penalty against him.

    “It could have gone either way,” he said.

    “He could have been sin-binned, or it could have been a penalty or a penalty try.”

    Craig Bellamy refused to blame the absence of his Origin players for the heavy defeat but said Reynolds should have been sent to the sidelines for 10 minutes.

    “We made it tough on ourselves all day,” he said.

    “Our defence was poor and we kept giving the ball away in our half.

    “But if that’s not a sin bin then I don’t know what is. But it’s not why we lost the game.

    “At the end of the day it wasn’t going to change the result.”

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      July 15th 2013 @ 8:04am
      Dogs Of War said | July 15th 2013 @ 8:04am | ! Report

      That was the perfect game for the Dogs to gain some confidence. Like a training run where everything goes right.

      • July 15th 2013 @ 10:45am
        Liatrevlis said | July 15th 2013 @ 10:45am | ! Report

        Yep perfect ,, just like beatn up a little brother aie , spare me that was not a contest that was a debacle , they have devalued what pays the bills at the NRL , a disgrace

        • July 15th 2013 @ 9:32pm
          Xnowmann said | July 15th 2013 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

          Your sarcasm is about as subtle as your reverse silvertail name… We can only play what is put in front of us. Great game from our boys.

          • July 15th 2013 @ 10:12pm
            Liatrevlis said | July 15th 2013 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

            Your the one beating ya chest , I’m just stating the obvious ,, can’t handle the truth!! Sorry if I hurt your ego

            • July 16th 2013 @ 9:13pm
              Xnowmann said | July 16th 2013 @ 9:13pm | ! Report

              Sorry mate, stopped the chest beating after we beat you at bogan vale…can’t handle th truth?..

              • July 16th 2013 @ 10:51pm
                liatrevlis said | July 16th 2013 @ 10:51pm | ! Report

                Mmmm ok ya won on the back of a BS call from ennises apprentice , bogan now that hurt , just remember you couldn’t by a carport on the peninsular for what yad pay for a 4 beddy out west , who’s the bogan

              • July 17th 2013 @ 10:33am
                Chris said | July 17th 2013 @ 10:33am | ! Report

                The call was correct it foran hadn’t spoke to the ref. Remember manly had the first shot at the win and missed the field goal

      • July 16th 2013 @ 1:13am
        Chris said | July 16th 2013 @ 1:13am | ! Report

        The teams where even Melbourne have 4 players out, 3 big players Dogs had 3 (was ment to be 4), 2 huge players big Sam and Franky

    • July 15th 2013 @ 9:14am
      Marldon said | July 15th 2013 @ 9:14am | ! Report

      That was a ridiculous Origin stuffed up game that makes this whole competition a farce.

      A wonderful show piece game that should have had people on the edge of their seats and instead it is reduced to second billing against the Toyota cup game that went before it, When are we going to stop this Origin scheduling massacre of our National comp?

    • July 15th 2013 @ 9:23am
      Meesta Cool said | July 15th 2013 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      How many players did storm have on the paddock last night? , most of the time it looked as though they were two short on each side, I have not seen such poor positional defensive play from a Storm side, since Meesta Bellamy took over. at any time last night, a kick to the wing or a long cut out pass would have resulted in a try,,

      My Storm boys were lucky that the score was not doubled!. — But as one famous general once said “We shall return”…

    • July 15th 2013 @ 9:33am
      The eye said | July 15th 2013 @ 9:33am | ! Report

      Too unfair,doesn’t make any sense on a number of levels but the NRL just throws it in the too hard basket.
      Big scoreline but Doggies still too scrappy at times,don’t get Dessies persistence in using big boppers 2 off the ruck as distributors,attack seems to stall.
      Storms centres and wingers didnt turn up yesterday which was surprising.

    • July 15th 2013 @ 11:12am
      alfie said | July 15th 2013 @ 11:12am | ! Report

      The Draw is a joke
      The two finalist from last year playing with out origin players madness

    • July 15th 2013 @ 1:52pm
      Zaccaaa said | July 15th 2013 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

      Just shows melbourne are nothing without their ‘big 3’. future looking down for the boys in purple

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