After seeing his side lose their second match of the season to Penrith, Canterbury’s Des Hasler isn’t excited about playing a home game in Perth next week.
Canterbury coach Des Hasler admits playing next Saturday’s NRL home match against Melbourne in Perth isn’t the ideal way to try to kick-start his side’s season.
Hasler was livid after the Bulldogs threw away what would have been a hard-earned win over Penrith on Saturday with Matt Moylan converting a Kevin Naigama try on the siren to seal an 18-16 victory at Sportingbet Stadium.
The defeat leaves Canterbury with a 1-2 record for the season after losing to Brisbane in round one before crushing a depleted Cronulla 42-4 last Monday.
The Bulldogs were second-best for much of the game against the Panthers, but looked to have done enough to clinch the two points after Josh Reynolds set up two second-half tries, only for the visitors to switch off late in the game.
Hasler and the team will make the long journey to Western Australia on Thursday to start preparations for a repeat of the 2012 grand final.
The former Manly mentor questioned the decision to play the Panthers in the afternoon on a warm day in western Sydney and said he wasn’t looking forward to doing the same at nib Stadium next week.
“Some pretty fundamental errors added to our tale of woe, but with a 4.30 kick-off maybe the conditions might have added to that,” Hasler said.
“Now we have to go to Perth next week and play against a pretty handy football team.
“It’s going to be difficult with a five-hour flight to do that.”
Hasler’s side were outplayed for most of the first half, but he said he was always confident they could win having trailed only 10-6 at the interval.
“We came off the first half with 37 per cent of possession and we’re coming up the hill. But they only scored tries off kicks to the corner,” he said.
“The second half we got more possession and we had the game won, we had the game in the bag.
“But they get two penalties that take them the length of the field … throw a cut-out pass that was 50-50, score the try, then kicked the goal.
“It was one of those games that’s unfortunate because we had it won.”