Can­ter­bury Bull­dogs

2016 fin­ish: Fi­nals week one

Rugby League Week - - Nsw Cup -

The coach says: With no fewer than 10 Holden Cup grad­u­ates step­ping up, the Bull­dogs will field a very young team. But new coach Steve Ge­or­gal­lis doesn’t see it as a weak­ness. “It takes a while for them to get go­ing and to form com­bi­na­tions with the old heads but they’ve played in a pretty tal­ented 20s com­pe­ti­tion, so it’s just that next step up,’ he says. “The big dif­fer­ence is the phys­i­cal­ity – you’re play­ing against a lot of play­ers that are in the top 25 of first grade and have played a bit of NRL. So it’s a chal­lenge but it’s also a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity to show what they’ve got.”

Player to watch: As the nephew of RLW Im­mor­tal Wally “The King” Lewis, fiveeighth Lach­lan Lewis is a league blue-blood. Play­ing in the un­der-20s over the last cou­ple of years, he’s shown some of his un­cle’s class and com­pet­i­tive in­stinct, and the Bull­dogs were over the moon when the Raiders re­leased him early in 2016 be­cause of their glut of play­mak­ing op­tions. “We’ve got high hopes for the kid,” Ge­or­gal­lis says. “I didn’t get to watch too many of the Bull­dogs’ 20s games last year but I spoke with [former Bull­dogs NSW Cup coach] Andy Pat­more and he told me Lach­lan is cer­tainly one to look out for.” Lewis has played for Queens­land in both un­der-16s and un­der-18s and he’s been train­ing strongly with the Dogs’ top squad this pre-sea­son.

KEY GAINS: Zac Wool­ford, Josh Clee­land, Rhyse Martin, Brenko Lee, Richard Ken­nar, Tom Carr

KEY LOSSES: Dane Chisholm, Lloyd Per­rett, Reubenn Ren­nie, Jar­rod McI­nally

RE­LATED TO ROY­ALTY The Dogs have high hopes for pivot Lach­lan Lewis, and no won­der — he's King Wally’s nephew!

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