Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Bulldogs to Put Bite on Storm; Canterbury Has Game to Take Title

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Bulldogs to Put Bite on Storm; Canterbury Has Game to Take Title

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Byline: HARPO'S MARKS

FIND your bookie. Beg, borrow money or take out a mortgage on the home and put the lot on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to put the bite on Melbourne Storm in tomorrow's NRL grand final in Sydney.

The Doggies look lay-down miseres to me despite a lot of similarities in the way they play footy.

Both sides are coached by the best in the business in Des Hasler and Craig Bellamy, men who are about the only coaches in the business who can instil into their sides a passion for retaining possession and not conceding penalties.

Both teams are very good at slowing down the opposition play-the-ball without incurring the wrath of the men with the whistles.

Both teams have terrific dummy-halves and super-competitive hookers in Michael Ennis and Cameron Smith and match-winning and will o' wisp fullbacks in Ben Barba and Billy Slater.

Both teams have solid halves combinations and several players with good kicking games in general play.

But that's where the similarities end.

The rest of the Storm players are, as they say in boxing parlance, ajourneymena a men who are honest and hard-working but lacking that spark of ability to edge into the elite class.

The Bulldogs have the edge in the centres with Josh Morris and Krisnan Inu, two slick and powerful men with all the necessary skills to give their opposites headaches from the opening whistle.

But it is the pigs where the Bulldogs will win the match.

The Bulldogs bench is far superior to what the Storm can put on the field. When any of the starting Bulldog six does get a rest, rest assured that the bloke wearing a jersey numbered 14-17 will be equally as good.

The Bulldogs have the game and the big men to crack open the Storm defensive line.

So many of the forwards are capable of making big yardage through the rucks and in this day and age, yardage is the name of the game.

James Graham, Aidan Tolman, Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard and Greg Eastwood are big men who can get up a good head of steam to run hard and always scythe deep into the defensive line.

That Eastwood a Hasler has turned him into one of the best forwards in the game. …

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