Bulldogs, Sharks primed


THE Canterbury Bulldogs and the Cronulla Sharks are keen to experience what Papua New Guinea has to offer when they meet in the country’s first National Rugby League trial match tomorrow (5.30pm kick-off).
Bulldogs coach Dean Pay said his side, including Will Hopoate, Dylan Napa and Aiden Tolman, were prepared to continue their form from the end of last season while experiencing the rugby league culture in PNG.
“Seeing the passion that the fans display and how they love their rugby league, we’re all looking forward to it,” he said ahead of the Oil Search National Football Stadium clash.

Canterbury Bulldogs fullback Will Hopoate arriving with Aiden Tolam and their teammates at the Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby yesterday.

“We’ve just been really working during the off-season and we’re trying to build on where we finished last year.”
Sharks John Morris said his young side were looking forward to the challenge against a more experienced Bulldogs outfit.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to let our youngsters have a first crack at the Cronulla first-grade jumper,” the former Sharks playmaker said.
Bulldogs skipper Josh Jackson also expressed excitement for his teammates who will be playing in PNG for the first time.
“I’ve had a couple of opportunities to play in PNG and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s a great place for the players to experience the culture,” he said.
“We have a good number of young guys in the team and it’s a good experience for them.”


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