They came out firing and led most of the first half 10-nil but it wasn’t to be – going down 36-16 to Parramatta Eels.
Coach Dean Pay had lots of praise for the team saying they said started strongly and “our attitude was much better towards our footy”.
However, he was critical of his side in the minutes before and after half-time when the Eels scored five tries.
“We just have to build on that first 30 minutes,” he said.
“We need to make sure that the guys that are coming on need to do better with their stints.
“We’ve got the youngest squad in the competition, we’re learning how to handle difficult situation, and have to be patient with the young players.”
He said a few players from second grade had been putting in strong performances and putting the pressure on for a spot in first grade.
The Bulldogs play Wests Tigers on Sunday at Campbelltown Stadium at 4.05pm.