They may have won the game, but despite winning their first 3 games and sitting on top of the ladder – Canterbury coach Des Hasler has refused to talk up his side’s credentials at this stage.

For Hasler, it is far too early to be talking up any side, given that it is only Rd 3.

“No, it’s only round three,” he said.

“It’s very, very early. We’ll take these wins while we can.”

Hasler said he was simply happy to leave Mt Smart Stadium with the competition points.

“Any win here is good,” he said.

“Not many sides will come here and get away with the two points.”

Despite the win, the Bulldogs will face a nervous wait with prop Aiden Tolman, after he was put on report for a high shot on Warriors five-eighth James Maloney.

“It’s a hot topic, isn’t it, so we’ll take our time with it.”

Despite the loss, Warriors coach Brian McClennan was full of praise for the way the Dogs started the game, but admits that conceding head starts like that is something his team has to prevent in the future.

“I’m really proud again of the boys in how we managed to work our way back in the game,” he said.

“Obviously, we will go back and look at the video and look at ways to keep trying to improve and get a handle on this, so we can get a better start in games.”

NRL News Dally M Points

Josh Reynolds  – 3

Feleti Mateo – 2

Ben Barba – 1

By ricky

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