The second-placed Warriors have the opportunity to once again stamp their authority on the competition in the Fox Sports Match of the Round clash against the Tigers across the ditch.
Previews by Nick Janzen and Matt Buxton
Newcastle Knights v Canterbury Bulldogs
Newcastle Sportsground #2, Sunday, 3 July, 3pm
The Canterbury Bulldogs and Newcastle Knights had to deal with horror starts to the year in terms of results, but the Belmore boys are back on track, having won four of their past five matches.
The Knights are dealing with on-field personnel issues that affect all grades throughout the club, but Bulldogs coach Andy Patmor, knows his team can’t dwell on their opposition too much.
“We can’t worry too much about Newcastle, obviously they’re in a bit of a situation,” Patmore tells NSWRL.com.au.
“It’s a bit of a bizarre week with players training with [the NRL side] playing on Thursday, so we’ll have a couple of sessions together and just focus on being us to continue the good feel and add a bit of confidence.
“We’ve just got to continue, we’re four from five.”
The Bulldogs are coming off a fantastic performance against Wentworthville, and while the Knights lost to Illawarra last week, they showed positive signs and went down fighting.
Patmore hopes to take that form to Hunter Stadium, but admits in the first 40 minutes of football, everything went right.
“We just had one of those halves of footy where everything just stuck, the boys played some really attacking footy, scored some great tries,” Patmore said.
“Wenty couldn’t do a thing right. It was one of those halves where it was just perfect, the boys prepared really well, but it’s always hard to keep up that intensity.
“To Wenty’s credit they stuck it to us and gave it to us a bit. It was just one of those games.”
The Bulldogs will certainly look to continue their mid-season resurgence with Newcastle this week, but unlike the Knights, they have had the luxury of recruiting some quality players.
“Our edges have been good, we’ve had Lamar Liolevave, Asipeli Fine last week, we had a couple of add-ins to our squad,” Patmore said.
“Having Chase Stanley has been a bonus for us, so we’ve had a couple of quality players and the boys are really happy in what they’re doing.
“We weren’t far away early in the year, and there’s a good feel at the moment.”
|Round 17: 2-3 July 2016||Venue||Date||Time|
|NZ Warriors v Wests Tigers||Mt Smart Stadium||Saturday 2 July 2016||2.40 pm (NZ)|
|Newcastle Knights v Canterbury||Newcastle Sportsground #2||Sunday 3 July 2016||3.00 pm|
|Manly v Wyong||Brookvale Oval||Saturday 2 July 2016||3.00 pm|
|Wentworthville v Penrith Panthers||Ringrose Park||Sunday 3 July 2016||3.00 pm|