Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Last week the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs found themselves with the unenviable title of wooden spoon favourites and in outright last place on the NRL ladder after losing a bottom of the table clash with the Newcastle Knights to kick off Magic Round.
During the week Bulldogs head coach Trent Barrett then resigned which led to the exit of centre Brent Naden to the Wests Tigers and has cast doubts over the future of multiple players at the club beyond 2022.
Many people believed that the Bulldogs would bounce back from this situation on Friday night when they took on fellow bottom four side the Tigers.
Like the Bulldogs, the Tigers have been poor for the majority of this season so far and if the side Michael Potter has inherited for the rest of 2022 put in a 100% effort then victory would not have been out of the question.
However, not only did the Bulldogs lose to the Tigers but they did so through ill-discipline, conceding 11 penalties throughout the game and eventually losing 36-22.
On multiple occasions, the Bulldogs looked like they were on the cusp of making a comeback but poor decision making saw their momentum either away.
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Due to this the NRL’s 16th placed side must remain front runners for the wooden spoon as they seriously begin to lose touch with the great of the competition.
The Bulldogs are the only team in the NRL currently on four points and are three wins off of the top eight.
On top of everything that is happening on the field the Bulldogs major sponsor Laundy Hotels look unlikely to re-sign with the club beyond 2022 as The Daily Telegraph’s Phil “Buzz” Rothfield is reporting that the company’s owner Arthur Laundy is disenfranchised of Trent Barrett’s exit and has had his offer to mentor players financially ignored by the power brokers at Belmore.
Up next for the Bulldogs is a clash with the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday afternoon with the Red V now on the cusp of the top eight after beating the Warriors last Saturday afternoon on Kogarah.