Glenn Jackson Another day, another criticism of the officials. Not quite in the order of the staggering events of Saturday, but Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett's dig at officialdom over Sunday's sin-binning of Chris...
Glenn Jackson Grand finalists last year, the Bulldogs have limped out of the 2013 competition rather meekly. And fullback Ben Barba, the subject of so much scrutiny this season, did so literally – limping to a...
Glenn Jackson That they all rose – Roosters and Knights supporters – was stirring, yet it shouldn't have ended like this.
Glenn Jackson If the Bulldogs are to repeat their efforts of last year, and perhaps better them, they will have to do it the hard way.
Glenn Jackson If defence does win premierships, and there is little evidence to suggest it doesn't, it's impossible not to consider Manly one of the real contenders.
Glenn Jackson Ben Barba was limping, and Tony Williams was limp. The brightest and biggest chances the Bulldogs had of causing Manly some grief simply could not put it together, and the Sea Eagles coasted to...
Glenn Jackson Had Sonny Bill Williams been lining up against Canterbury last year, Andrew Ryan might have been in a less than forgiving mood.
Glenn Jackson Des Hasler spoke of the small steps taken and the momentum the Bulldogs will build with a victory over Cronulla, just their second this season.
Glenn Jackson Three significant returns have occurred for the Bulldogs. Props James Graham and Sam Kasiano made comebacks, and they were important enough for the previously stuttering Bulldogs.
Glenn Jackson Bulldogs coach Des Hasler believes Ben Barba will have no case to answer over his late hit on Dragons five-eighth Jamie Soward which resulted in the fullback being placed on report.
Glenn Jackson WHEN Wayne Bennett, a coaching master but also an outsider, joined the Knights, he made a point of bringing home a player who represents, rather than simply plays for, Newcastle.
Glenn Jackson IT WOULD be easy for the Bulldogs, now that their winning streak is over, to go along with the oft-mentioned theory that they had to lose before the finals.
Glenn Jackson FOR all the brilliance of the first weekend of the finals, was there any more fascinating moment than a young Canberra upstart getting under the skin of one of the best forwards in the game?
Glenn Jackson WERE we really so silly? The Bulldogs had won 13 of their past 14, yet Manly were favoured. Des Hasler, who guided Manly under the radar for so long, couldn't have asked for more; his minor premiers...
Glenn Jackson THEY might have won only their first finals match in 25 years on Saturday night, but when it comes to experience in the big games, Souths still hold an advantage over the Bulldogs.
Glenn Jackson THE HOLLYWOOD story of the season found itself a predictable finish. The Canterbury Bulldogs, the minor premier and heavy favourite, extinguished the South Sydney fairytale with a ruthless...
Glenn Jackson For the third time in six seasons, Des Hasler will face his old foe Craig Bellamy on rugby league's biggest stage.
Glenn Jackson The Hollywood story of the season found itself a rather predictable finish. Canterbury, the minor premiers and heavy favourites, extinguished the South Sydney fairytale with a ruthless performance -...
Glenn Jackson THE saying goes you've got to lose a grand final to win one. But for some involved in today's decider, it's a case of: you've got to miss a grand final to win one.
Glenn Jackson WHEN Michael Ennis talks of so many matches between Canterbury and Parramatta being ''high intensity'', he does so with first-hand knowledge.