Mortimer says Bulldogs’ defence could deny Souths
BULLDOGS great Steve Mortimer says the experts have got it wrong tipping a landslide grand final victory for sentimental hotshots South Sydney in Sunday’s NRL grand final.
The man known around the Belmore kennels as “Turvey” won four of the six grand finals he played for the Dogs, and believes coach Des Hasler will revel in the underdog tag, while the players will be driven by the fact everyone has already written them off.
Mortimer said the clash would be much closer than many people thought if the Bulldogs turned up with the defensive attitude they had showed in eliminating Melbourne Storm 28-4 in week one of the finals series.
“That (underdogs) is exactly how we want it,” Mortimer told APN. “All the grand finals I played we were always the underdogs. Des won’t mind that one bit.”
The manner in which South Sydney’s pack dismantled the
All the grand finals I played we were always the underdogs. Des won’t mind that.
Roosters at the weekend has convinced most they will be too big, too strong and too good for the Bulldogs, who have had a fair serving of luck to even be in the grand final.
Mortimer conceded Souths deserved to be warm favourites, but warned the Bulldogs defence would do a better job on them than the Roosters, who could not contain the Rabbitohs rampant pack.
“Our forwards, the way they started against Melbourne Storm in the first half .... I have not seen any NRL club put the Storm away like that,” Mortimer said.
“If the Dogs turn up on Sunday with the same attitude, it’s game on.”