Canterbury Bulldogs’ bad run ‘testing’ frustrated Kieran Foran

They were dreadful in the first two weeks of the season and were duly thumped by the Warriors and Eels but after righting the ship with wins against the Tigers, Cowboys and Titans the wheels have well and truly fallen off.


“It tests you mentally and I’m sure all of the guys are going through that,” he said. “We have to find our way out of it – that’s the reality of it and that’s the way it is. As an experienced player, I have to rally around the boys and try to help them through this tough patch.”

Trying to drag teams from lean trots is a relatively new concept for Canterbury’s chief playmaker.

Manly missed the finals just once – in 2015 – during his successful seven-year run at the club and he has struggled to stay on the field enough to make a meaningful impact in the years since at the Eels, Warriors and now, Bulldogs.

He is learning how to cope with prolonged losing streaks on the fly and urged his teammates to take lessons from every poor performance.

Bitter blow: The Dogs were hammered by the Dragons on Sunday.Credit:NRL Photos

“At the moment we aren’t making sides earn it,” he said. “We are letting sides get ahead and then they are just dictating to us for the rest of the match. We have to rock up each week, take the lessons from those losses and then try and get better as a team but also as individuals.”

Those “lessons” must translate onto the field soon, as the Roosters, Sharks and Knights – three of the best teams in the competition – await the wooden spoon favourites in their next three starts.

“I have no doubt that everyone is trying as hard as they can to improve their game every week and to try and get a win,” Foran said. “We are doing whatever we can but it’s just not happening for us. We just have to stick together as a club and as a playing group. We will fight our way out of it.”


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