Dragons tragic Stephen Gallagher is back this week, with his take on the match of the round.
Last weekend I got the right team winning and predicted the score as 22-16 but was just off as it was 22-18! Great game too, anyway here is this weeks match of the round.
GAME OF THE ROUND: ROUND TWO – New Zealand Warriors V Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs – Sunday, Mount Smart Stadium 14.00 local time.
LAST WEEK: The Warriors had a great first win for the season away from home against Parramatta. Getting up against the Eels 36-20 on Monday Night Football. Leaking early points and training 8-0 early on, it was a floury ofÂ possessionÂ which put them back in the lead and maintained it for the rest of the match.
The Bulldogs made in 2/2 after beating rivals Saint George Illawarra Dragons 30-4. A strong effort by the Bulldogs disposed of the Dragons and it looks like the Bulldogs are flushing away memories of 2011.
THIS WEEK: The Warriors make it to Mount Smart Stadium for the first time this season despite already having a home fixture this season (Eden Park). A usual fortress for the side, this is deemed one of the roughest road trips in the NRL for visiting teams. The Warriors need to use this, and a complete 80 minute effort to make sure the Bulldogs do not get on top.
The Bulldogs are gelling really well under Des Hasler. They are looking to build on their two successive wins with another across the ditch. A hard working team with high standards, they know how to win football games. Having not beaten the Warriors since Round 25 2009 however, could play on their minds.
WHAT TO EXPECT: New Zealand are a very young side but have a lot of experience within their youth too. Fearless leaders in the forward pack, this is one of the more physical sides in the competition and do not give in easily. A great bench rotation has this side bringing on impacting players with every substitute.Â DisciplineÂ being the key factor for the Warriors the last two weeks, they will need to sharpen up big time this week in that area.
The Bulldogs are a fast side. Quick play the balls trying to catch out lazy markers and good ball running halves. Any sign on fatigue in their opposition they will pin point and try be effective as possible. They are quality opposition and are out to prove a point that they are contenders in 2012.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON: Konrad Hurrell – Definitely a unit to watch out for. Big, tough, physical and can find the chalk. Hard to stop.
James Graham – The English Import is putting his five consecutive chokes in Grand Final’s behind him and showing that he is one of the worlds best.
The Warriors will be tough to beat after a confidence booster last weekend. 30-20 after a late flourish.