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Gun midfielder Jack Macrae has guided an injury-hit Western Bulldogs to a tightly-contested nine-point AFL win over Gold Coast in Ballarat.
Western Bulldogs 11.15.81
Gold Coast Suns 10.12.72
The Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast Suns will make the trek to Ballarat for Round 7 with both sides desperate for a win. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:45pm (AEST).
Memories of a 2016 premiership have faded fast for the Bulldogs. After missing the top eight in 2017, they find themselves sitting in 15th spot with just two wins from their first six games.
While that’s only a victory away from the North Melbourne Kangaroos, who sit in eighth, their form has been astoundingly bad, with a number of big losses.
Even if they do bring a victory over a battling Carlton outfit into this game as their last start, it’s memories of their loss to the Swans, or 80 and 50-point losses to the Giants and Eagles which will have them down on confidence.
This is a chance for them to build confidence though, with the Suns disappearing from the top of the table after what was a positive start to the season.
While their kicking has been anything but accurate, they beat North and Carlton to start their season, but have since lost three of their last four against better opposition – the Dockers, Eagles and Crows – to slump down the table. Their only bright spot was a victory over the Lions in the Q clash.
The Gold Coast’s start to the season needs to be taken with a grain of salt, given the club weren’t expected to rise from their 2017 finishing position in the bottom section of the ladder. Their form is showing exactly where they are at development-wise and the chance of pinching an away win seems slim.
A big crowd – behind the Bulldogs – should be on hand at the 11,000-seat ground, and the atmosphere created will certainly help the ‘Dogs.
The Bulldogs should get the win here. The Gold Coast haven’t shown a great deal since their first two wins and one would expect it to be fairly comfortable.
Bulldogs by 21.
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