Brute force ... Newtown Jets and Canterbury Bulldogs players struggle for supremacy at Belmore Sportsground on Sunday. Photo: Sahlan Hayes
Canterbury fans are salivating at the prospect of a fearsome one-two punch after getting their first glimpse of blockbusting back-rower Tony Williams in Sunday's NRL trial win over Newtown.
The Bulldogs were too good for their NSW Cup opponents, winning 36-14 at Belmore Sportsground, but the scoreline took a back seat to the blue-and-white debut of former Manly juggernaut Williams.
Williams joined his first-team regulars in playing the second half of the low-key trial, Bulldogs coach Des Hasler giving his first indication as to how he plans to use the NSW Origin and Test representative as he lined up on the right edge alongside Josh Reynolds and Krisnan Inu.
Williams played much of his football at Manly on the left edge, but it appears the Bulldogs will attack both sides, with 'T-Rex' on one side and Frank Pritchard on the other.
"It's something we can work with," Hasler said of his formations, with Pritchard joining the likes of Michael Ennis, Sam Kasiano, Greg Eastwood, the suspended James Graham and All-Stars representatives Ben Barba and Josh Morris as spectators on Sunday.
"Some sides might think it's good that he (Williams) might play on the right side but then you've got someone like a Josh Jackson or a Frank Pritchard coming at you."
Williams, who skittled a number of defenders on one powerful run, wasn't too concerned with where he played, but was happy to rekindle his partnership with his former Manly mentor Hasler.
"It's a bonus for me that he's here. I'm only going to improve being under him," Williams said of Hasler.
"It doesn't really bother me (where I play). I'm just here to do my best for the team and that's what's best for the team - that's what I have to do."
After the fringe squad members ran up a 22-4 lead at the break, the Bulldogs found themselves under plenty of early pressure when the available first-choice squad took to the field.
But after conceding an early try, they soon found some rhythm with Reynolds and Sam Perrett among the tryscorers.