Hasler eyes swift response after Manly thrash Bulldogs

By Christopher Devine 25 March 2017 149
Hasler eyes swift response after Manly thrash Bulldogs

Canterbury Bulldogs chief Des Hasler said next week's match with Brisbane Broncos cannot come soon enough for his side after they suffered a 36-0 trouncing at the hands of Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday.

Former Sea Eagles player and coach Hasler saw the pressure on his shoulders increase as Daly Cherry-Evans set up four of Manly's five first-half tries at Lottoland.

The hosts crossed for two more scores in the second half to complete a dominant triumph, leaving the Bulldogs with one win from four matches this term.

"We were terribly flat, and Thursday can't come around soon enough. Our players know that," said Hasler.

"We're pretty experienced campaigners and they know that - they're aware of that - and we need to turn it around quick-smart, and that will be Thursday night."

Canterbury skipper James Graham added: "It's a short turnaround but I actually think that's a good thing considering the situation that we're in tonight."

The youthful trio of Coen Hess, Kalyn Ponga and debutant Gideon Gela-Mosby starred as North Queensland Cowboys beat Gold Coast Titans 32-26 on home soil.

Hess claimed two tries, while Ponga, Gela-Mosby and the far more experienced figure of Johnathan Thurston also registered four-pointers, the latter adding six goals.

James Segeyaro made his NRL return as a second-half substitute in Cronulla Sharks' 20-6 win over Parramatta Eels, who welcomed back star playmaker Corey Norman.

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