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Another year, another shocker for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Only the unmitigated disaster that was the Brisbane Broncos prevented the Dogs from claiming the wooden spoon in 2020, so new coach Trent Barrett has a big job on his hands.
How will Canterbury fare in NRL 2021? Let’s check in with the bookies.
|Home grounds:||Belmore Oval, ANZ Stadium|
|Premierships:||Eight – 1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004|
|2020 ladder finish:||15th (3-17)|
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|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Wooden Spoon|
There are dozens of NRL betting markets for Canterbury-Bankstown, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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|1||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Friday, March 12||5:00pm|
|2||Penrith Panthers||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, March 20||2:05pm|
|3||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, March 27||4:30pm|
|4||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Friday, April 2||3:05pm|
|5||Melbourne Storm||HBF Park||Saturday, April 10||5:30pm|
|6||North Queensland Cowboys||QLD Country Bank Stadium||Sunday, April 18||4:05pm|
|7||Cronulla Sharks||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Saturday, April 24||5:30pm|
|8||Parramatta Eels||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, May 1||5:30pm|
|9||St. George Illawarra Dragons||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, May 9||4:05pm|
|10||Canberra Raiders||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, May 15||3:00pm|
|11||Gold Coast Titans||CBUS Super Stadium||Saturday, May 22||3:500pm|
|12||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Saturday, May 29||3:00pm|
|14||St George Illawarra Dragons||ANZ Stadium||Monday, June 14||4:00pm|
|15||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, June 20||2:00pm|
|16||Manly Sea Eagles||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, July, 3||3:00pm|
|17||Sydney Roosters||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, July 10||7:35pm|
|18||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, July 18||6:15pm|
|19||Cronulla Sharks||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, July 25||4:05pm|
|20||Gold Coast Titans||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, August 1||2:00pm|
|21||West Tigers||Belmore Sports Ground||Sunday, August 8||2:00pm|
|22||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Sunday, August 15||2:00pm|
|23||Newcastle Knights||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, August 21||5:30pm|
|24||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland Oval||Sunday, August 29||2:00pm|
|25||West Tigers||Campbelltown Stadium||Sunday, September 5||4:05pm|
Corey Allan was one of the key players poached by Canterbury to join the team for the 2021 season. Last year was a significant year for the young player as he wasn’t given a shot to play until round 10 so had to make an impression. He did just that with five tries, six try assists, 20 tackle break and seven line breaks in 10 appearances. Allan didn’t move to fullback until round 17, but he made the position his own and helped the Rabbitohs make it to the preliminary finals. If he makes a smooth transition to his new club, we should be expecting a bigger display of what he can really do.
The 2017 Rookie of the Year, Nick Cotric, is one of Canterbury’s big recruits as they look put a disappointing 2020 season behind. Having 46 tries in four seasons and making 126 tackle breaks last term, the Bulldogs will be expecting Cotric to make a big impact on the attacking line and help turn this team around.
Kyle Flanagan’s sole season with the Roosters can only be described as ‘interesting’. He started off with a bang and was leading the top point-scorer standings before Trent Robinson made the decision to drop him from the starting squad and then dropping him from the team at the end of the season. Flanagan managed 198 points, 11 try assists, and averaged 257 kicking metres for the season. We can only expect he will have a bit more freedom to play his own game this year in a rebuilding side with big ambitions.
It took Canterbury only four years to win their first flag, and only four more to repeat the feat. However, things got much tougher after World War II. The Berries, as they were once known, were nowhere near it in the 1950s and did not reach the grand final again until 1967, when they ended St George’s 11-year premiership streak with a one-point win in the prelim. They lost the decider to South Sydney, who would go on to win four titles between ’67 and ’71.
That year was something of a watershed for Canterbury. The club grew stronger as the ’70s progressed and developed an exciting, free-flowing brand of footy that took them to the GF in 1974 and 1979. They lost both of those encounters, but the drought broke at last in 1980 when the Dogs exacted revenge for ’74 with an 18-4 demolition of Eastern Suburbs.
The floodgates were open. Canterbury added back-to-back flags in 1984 and 1985, then another in ’88. They finished the decade as one of the strongest teams in the division, which put them in a position of rare security while other clubs battled for survival during the Super League wars of the 1990s.