Hasler in­sists he’s ‘ su­per pleased’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

DES Hasler has hailed the de­fen­sive grit of Can­ter­bury de­spite every­one at Bel­more be­ing un­der a moun­tain of pres­sure fol­low­ing a for­get­table NRL sea­son.

With your club at 7- 13 and set to miss the NRL fi­nals for the first time in six years, “su­per pleased” is a cu­ri­ous way to sum­marise your team’s ef­fort. How­ever the Bull­dogs coach is stick­ing solid be­hind his charges ahead of their clash with the Rab­bitohs tonight.

“We haven’t ex­e­cuted as well as we could,” Hasler said when asked what had gone wrong this year. “I don’t think we’ve man­aged pos­ses­sion well. But that doesn’t un­der­mine the ef­fort that the play­ers have been dis­play­ing.

“I’m su­per pleased with the ef­fort that they’re work­ing at, par­tic­u­larly in de­fence.”

The Bull­dogs have con­ceded 377 points, the eighth- best de­fen­sive league.

How­ever their at­tack­ing woes are there for all to see.

They are yet to score over 24 points in a game this sea­son and ac­cord­ing to Fox Sports Stat the last time they failed to do this was in 1978.

Souths will again field teen winger Camp­bell Gra­ham af­ter hand­ing him his de­but last week while Aaron Gray re­turned from an Achilles in­jury. record in the

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