Mor­timer says Bull­dogs’ de­fence could deny Souths

Central and North Burnett Times - - RUGBY LEAGUE - – WAYNE HEMING

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.

Steve Mor­timer

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.”

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