2016 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs season

The 2016 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs season is the 82nd in the club's history. Coached by Des Hasler and captained by James Graham, they will compete in the National Rugby League's 2016 Telstra Premiership after finishing the 2015 season as semi-finalists.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2016 season
CEORaelene Castle
Head CoachDes Hasler
CaptainJames Graham
Top try scorerClub: Sam Perrett (11)
Top points scorerClub: Moses Mbye (90)
Highest home attendance30,018
Lowest home attendance11,450
Average home attendance16,362

FixturesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The Bulldogs started the season strongly, comfortably beating the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in round one. The Bulldogs were the outsiders with the bookmakers, with most rugby league experts citing the size of the forward pack as an issue with the 2016 season rule change, which dropped the interchanges allowed from 10 to 8. However, the Bulldogs surprised the rugby league community by unveiling a significantly leaner pack, with players having shed a lot of weight during the off season. Sam Kasiano was an example of this, having lost 13 kg before the season kicked off. Any concerns about the interchange rule affecting the team were put to rest with the side coming away with a convincing 28-6 first round victory, and a week later a last minute win against the Penrith Panthers proving the big men would not falter late in matches as a result of more minutes played. As though the team was further driving the point home, they completed the second round match using only 16 of the 17 named players.

The month that followed was not as impressive, with the club going loss, win, loss, win, for a 4-3 record after 7 rounds.

Round Home Score Away Match information
Date and time Venue Crowd
1   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6-28   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Fri 4 Mar 2016, 8:05pm AEDT Brookvale Oval 16,512
2   Penrith Panthers 16-18   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Thu 10 Mar 2016, 8:05pm AEDT Pepper Stadium 11,125
3   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 6-20   Parramatta Eels Fri 18 Mar 2016, 8:05pm AEDT ANZ Stadium 30,018
4   South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-42   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Fri 25 Mar 2016, 4:00pm AEDT ANZ Stadium 38,192
5   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 8-22   Canberra Raiders Mon 4 Apr 2016, 7:00pm AEST Belmore Sports Ground 13,463
6   Melbourne Storm 12-18   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Mon 11 Apr 2016, 7:00pm AEST AAMI Stadium 11,037
7   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 20-24   New Zealand Warriors Sat 16 Apr 2016, 7:30pm NZST Westpac Stadium 18,212
8   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 21-20   Gold Coast Titans Sat 23 Apr 2016, 3:00pm AEST ANZ Stadium 11,450
9   Parramatta Eels 20-12   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Fri 29 Apr 2016, 7:50pm AEST ANZ Stadium 31,815
10   Wests Tigers 4-36   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Sun 15 May 2016, 4:00pm AEST ANZ Stadium 20.936
11   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 32-20   Sydney Roosters Sun 22 May 2016, 4:00pm AEST ANZ Stadium 17,704
12   Canberra Raiders 32-20   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Sun 29 May 2016, 4:00pm AEST GIO Stadium 13,907
13   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 18-20   Cronulla Sharks Mon 6 Jun 2016, 7:00pm AEST ANZ Stadium 10,081
14   St. George Illawarra Dragons 16-34   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Mon 13 Jun 2016, 4:00pm AEST ANZ Stadium 20,153
15 BYE
16   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 40-14   Brisbane Broncos Sat 25 Jun 2016, 7:30pm AEST ANZ Stadium 10,106
17   Sydney Roosters 20-24   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Thu 30 Jun 2016, 7:50pm AEST Sydney Football Stadium 7,741
18   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 32-22   Wests Tigers Sat 9 Jul 2016, 7:30pm AEST ANZ Stadium 16,212
19 BYE
20   North Queensland Cowboys 36-0   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Thu 21 Jul 2016, 7:50pm AEST 1300 Smiles Stadium 11,620
21   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 13-10   St. George Illawarra Dragons Fri 29 Jul 2016, 7:50pm AEST ANZ Stadium 15,008
22   Newcastle Knights 14-28   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Sat 6 Aug 2016, 3:00pm AEST Hunter Stadium 13,318
23   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 20-16   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Thu 11 Aug 2016, 7:50pm AEST ANZ Stadium 10,290
24   Brisbane Broncos 20-10   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Thu 18 Aug 2016, 7:50pm AEST Suncorp Stadium 27,746
25   Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 16-24   North Queensland Cowboys Thu 25 Aug 2016, 7:50pm AEST Belmore Sports Ground 10,144
26   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10-28   South Sydney Rabbitohs Fri 2 Sep 2016, 7:50pm AEST ANZ Stadium 14,731
Qualif Final   Penrith Panthers 12-28   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Sun 11 Sep 2016, 4:10pm AEST Allianz Stadium 22,631
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

LadderEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   Melbourne Storm 24 19 0 5 2 563 302 +261 42
2   Canberra Raiders 24 17 1 6 2 688 456 +232 39
3   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (P) 24 17 1 6 2 580 404 +176 39
4   North Queensland Cowboys 24 15 0 9 2 584 355 +229 34
5   Brisbane Broncos 24 15 0 9 2 554 434 +120 34
6   Penrith Panthers 24 14 0 10 2 563 463 +100 32
7   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 14 0 10 2 506 448 +58 32
8   Gold Coast Titans 24 11 1 12 2 508 497 +11 27
9   Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 2 499 607 −108 26
10   New Zealand Warriors 24 10 0 14 2 513 601 −88 24
11   St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 10 0 14 2 341 538 −197 24
12   South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 9 0 15 2 473 549 −76 22
13   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 8 0 16 2 454 563 −109 20
14   Parramatta Eels 24 13 0 11 2 298 324 −26 181
15   Sydney Roosters 24 6 0 18 2 443 576 −133 16
16   Newcastle Knights 24 1 1 22 2 305 800 −495 7

1 Parramatta were deducted 12 competition points and their for/against tally accumulated between rounds 1-9 for gross long-term salary cap breaches.

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