Darren Lockyer has put a line through Canterbury’s as an NRL title threat, declaring the Bulldogs are not ruthless enough.
In analysis sure to fire up coach Des Hasler and his troops, Lockyer said the Bulldogs had not been consistent enough to be considered premiership contenders.
Despite being in top four contention after six wins from their past seven starts, Lockyer said Canterbury hadn’t exhibited the kind of form that warranted them to be considered a threat to North Queensland, Melbourne, Cronulla and Canberra.
“I don’t think they’re consistent enough, there’s not enough discipline in their performance,” Lockyer told the Nine Network’s Sunday Footy Show.
“They’re just in and out, in and out over the 80 minutes and you’re not going to win premierships playing that style of football.”
The Bulldogs have looked shaky over the past three weeks, smashed 36-0 by the Cowboys and unconvincing in wins over struggling St George Illawarra and last-placed Newcastle.
Lockyer questioned their inability to put away the Dragons and Knights earlier, saying they needed to discover their killer instinct.
“You’ve got to be ruthless,” Lockyer said.
“They’ve done well to get into the top four but if they don’t get their discipline right, I can’t see them going all the way.”
The Bulldogs begin their run home against Manly at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night before facing Brisbane (away), Cowboys (home) and South Sydney (home).
Sydney Roosters great Brad Fittler described the Bulldogs as winning ugly and said they were getting home on the back of some individual brilliance, but warned they wouldn’t be able to get away with that in September.
“You watch them sometimes and you just shake your head and you wonder how they keep winning,” Fittler said.
“They beat the Dragons last week 13-10, they just found enough to beat them.
“But I’ve got to say that with Sam Kasiano in their team, he can just do some wonderful things and there’s enough quality there – Brett Morris back with his brother Josh.”