At the WCC press day, Tony Smith said that he expected the Bulldogs to 'spring some surprises' in terms of team selection, and as the Aussies get on the plane this morning, it would have been interesting to see which players make the longest trip.|
The Bulldogs are reported to be travelling without Andrew Ryan, Brett Sherwin, Willie Mason, Mark O'Meley, Ben Harris and Matthew Utai, but are still bringing a squad which is stronger than most sides we'd face in Superleague. Reading between the lines of Tony's statement, it looks like he is expecting that some of these 'injured' players will make the trip, and could figure prominently.
Many people have written off the 'bread stealers' without waiting to see their starting line-up, but it would be a brave or foolish man to forcast anything but a close and hard fought game. One thing is for sure, they are not coming to Leeds for a ten day drinking break, they will want to return with honour and the silverware.
From our own perspective, the injury to McGuire is not a serious as feared and I understand that he is only a 'minor' doubt for the Challenge game. For the first time in a number of years an Aussie, Sean Hampstead, takes charge of the match... at least it will be a new name to hurl abuse at!
There are around nine thousand tickets left, so hurry if you haven't got yours yet. It would be great if these sold out and we had a full house to witness the battle between the best two sides in the world. I can't wait!