Canterbury Bulldogs great and former skipper Michael Ennis says the Belmore boys ‘looked like a reserve grade side’ in their opening round 40-6 flogging at the hands of the Warriors.
The Warriors led 22-0 at the break and never looked in trouble.
“If there was going to be a strength for the Bulldogs it was going to be their forward pack,” Ennis told Big League Wrap on Fox Sports.
“Tolman, Napa, Lichaa’s played a number of seasons now, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Harawira-Naera, Elliott. These guys are good players.
“They were blown off the park. Absolutely blown off the park. They looked like a reserve grade side, to be honest. They really did.
“I know that’s critical and it’s really hard being a former captain of that club.
“It’s Round one, I know, but it’s critical, but they were absolutely blown away.
“Afoa, Paasi, their leg speed through the middle. They couldn’t contain them.
“On the back of that, it was Maumalo and Fusitua coming through like Sailor and Tuqiri just charging off the back fence. They couldn’t contain them.
“Green and Keighran had an age to decide what they wanted to do. It was so good to watch. The Warriors were at their absolute best.
“But for the Dogs, in the space five, six, seven days, they need a huge rocket.”
The Bulldogs next hit out is against rivals Parramatta in a local derby at ANZ Stadium.
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