Canterbury Bulldogs (0-3) v St George Dragons (0-3)
Monday June 8th 2020, 16:05 AEST (2:05 AM EST) Bankwest Stadium
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Monday sees the Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Dragons compete as both team eyes off their first win of the season.
Bulldogs were rocked 32-6 against Manly while the Dragons had no answers in an 18-0 defeat at the hands of the Warriors.
Bulldogs have struggled this year in posting points, only managing double digits once. Bulldogs do however, welcome back playmaker Kieren Foran who will provide much needed direction. Bulldogs have the forward pack to compete with most teams; Aiden Tolman, Dylan Napa, Josh Jackson and Adam Elliot but execution from playmakers at crucial scoring opportunities has been their demise, a deficit Foran should remedy. Bulldogs will likely rely heavily on a good kicking game to flip the field and force the Dragons to attack deep in their own half.
Dragons in my opinion have been much better than their 0-3 record suggests. What they have lacked is the ability to play consistently. They surrended leads to both the Panthers and Tigers in their first two games. This inconsistency can be attributed to their lack of experience in the back line. This highlights the inability of halves Ben Hunt and Corey Norman to lead their team around the park. In the forwards, they have a lot of size and experience and the outcome of this game will largely be attributed to their ability to set a foundation for their playmakers to open the game up.
I am going to go with the lesser of two evils here and take the Dragons. They have, without a doubt, been the better team here and even though they have been inconsistent at times, I do not trust the Bulldogs ability to score.