I've been reading a few columns this morning and looking a bit into the hype surrounding this match and I'm kind of struggling to understand where its coming from. I want to take a look at the Bulldogs for a second. In round 1, they went down to the knights. They looked certain to win despite having Williams off the field. But, they fell to pieces. Whether newcastle just took some time to find rhythm without john's I can't say but it was far from a 'good' performance by the doggies. Then, in round 2, they travel out to Penrith where they were absolutely pumped. There is no other way to describe how badly they played. The worst performance by a team this year, including the dragons loss last week to cronulla. In round 3 they get their first game at home. In a somewhat messy encounter similar in stature to the game between penrith and parra last night neither team really managed to gain ascendancy but the Bulldogs got home on a few 'funny' calls including the new obstruction ruling that seems to change every week. Last week, despite being an away game they were still at their home ground. They handed the bunnies their first loss of the season. A rabbitohs team whos opponents up until that game had only managed 1 win combined. After the match they claimed their plan was to tear away at the rabbitohs inexperienced halves.(something I wonder why no coach has done so far). It worked and seriously stunted their forward work. What i'm failing to understand is, how can the Bulldogs really get such a pore start to the season but still get so many wraps. While a team who has had the least amount of points scored on them and the 5th highest total scored sitting on top of the ladder unbeaten with 3 major players out are failing in so many ways to even get someone to tip them?