With their first-choice fullback missing the opening four months of the competition, and a young halfback playing his first full year in the No.7 jersey, the Doggies experienced a few hiccups through 2016.
The forward pack was their biggest strength, and in the middle James Graham and Aiden Tolman adapted well to the reduction in the interchange, regularly playing big minutes.
Our prediction: A solid forward pack and talented halves aren’t enough to see the Bulldogs through to the finals. Credit: bulldogs.com.au
Canterbury-Bankstown went on a run just before Origin, but an untimely some untimely suspensions and injury issues stalled their momentum through and immediately after the representative period.
Former Junior Warriors Bradley Abbey was a strong performer for the club’s NSW Cup side and makde his NRL debut late in the year.
Where they finished: 10th
Best player: Moses Mbye
Best NRL Fantasy player: Josh Jackson
Best recruit: Will Hopoate
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