Yes, the Bulldgos lost to the Melbourne Storm last night, struggled to put the Eels away last week and face another massive test against the Bunnies next week.
Even if the Dogs lose that match, at 1-3 after four rounds there is no need for the slashing of wrists by Bulldogs fans. This ship will be righted much sooner than later. Dessie wouldn’t allow his team to fall into the pits of mediocrity.
The Dogs have Barba, Kasiano, Graham and Pritchard to return and in the interim, young pup David Klemmer will continue to improve or he will be dumped from my Supercoach side!
Josh Reynolds is competing at an elite level and although the Dogs backs don’t quite match their forwards, they still have enough potency to score 24+ points on a consistent basis. It will simply take more time for Dessie to get the Bulldogs where they need to be. Hasler will have to lean heavily on Josh Reynolds though as he has clearly emerged as their main attacking weapon in the absence of Ben Barba.
Kris Keating is an honest toiler and there is no doubt he gives 100% every week, but I see him as the weak link in the Doggies backline and there doesn’t seem to be a ready made solution because if there was, we’d have seen him in the halves with Reynolds already.
A few losses may relieve some of the expectation and allow the Bulldogs to fly under the radar but post Origin, I expect the Bulldogs to be firing on all cylinders barring a massive injury toll and storm into the eight although too many losses early in the season could dent their hopes for a top four finish.
Trust me, things could be worse. They could be the Canberra Raiders!