i am tipping eagles in a close one with no confidence.it seems even the most gung ho ae posters are worried.why is this so.we have a pack with probably 4 origin players and 2 city players against a team who have won 3 games and have been decimated by the loss of many stars,the latest being the incumbent australian CENTRE.telsta stadium is hardly an imposing away venue (large,empty stands)like cronulla,dairyfarmers,liechardt etc.the bulldogs have a great record there because they have been a great side everywhere in the last couple of seasons. i do not think we will be looking to bolster our forward pack in the next couple of years(they are a hard hitting,experienced pack nowdays with the 2bks and watmough stepping up)) and nor should we.most on this site seem to think all we need is a good centre. fast forward to next round against dogs.probably wont happen but if you assume a full strength bulldogs squad then if this weeks confidence is any guide logic suggests most people will think we will get a flogging. i cant seem to get my head around the logic in all this.every man and his dog thinks we have great halves and really only need a centre yet in a contest against a strong bulldogs in 2 months we would be given no chance if people doubt us this week. we need to beat a strong side like the dogs to reach our desired goal of a premiership-how is this to be achieved when people doubt our ability to win THIS WEEK with 3 kangaroos and sonny bill out plus plenty of other talent.me thinks that a new centre does not answer this conundrum. the away ,night stuff doesnt wash as no serious contender simply expects to lose away/at night. the only conclusion i make is that many posters know deep down that we need a bit more than a centre to reach elite level given that our forward stocks will remain the same for the next couple of years.if real confidence existed posters should be pouring down from the mountains to declare the eagles certianties this week. we are close but it will take a few more issues to be addressed IF WE WANT A TITLE and deep down most know what they are depite the bluster.