Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds insists there is nothing wrong with his side’s attacking structure despite points drying up for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs have scored an average of just 13.8 points per match since their second bye in round 19, and enter Sunday’s elimination final against Penrith on the back of three straight losses.
But Reynolds has leapt to the defence of the attacking structure set by coach Des Hasler, which often sees the ball passed through a forward’s hands before reaching him or halfback Moses Mbye.
“Des is the coach, he sets the structure and he’s got a pretty good history I reckon in the game,” Reynolds said.
“He’s done extremely well as a player and I think his stats speak for themselves as a coach.
“I trust what he delivers to us and it’s whether we deliver it as he wants it.
“And we haven’t been doing that lately. So it’s not the structure, it’s not the team or the way we play.”
Reynolds is one of just a handful of players at the Bulldogs who still remain at the club since Hasler arrived in 2012.
Since that time he has represented NSW in two separate Origin series, and as such, maintains the modified game plan has not impacted his own performance.
“I’ve been playing here for five years now and I feel I’ve adapted to it,” he said.
“I really enjoy it. And I have so many people come and say do you feel you don’t get the ball first-hand.
“If that’s not what’s best for the team then I don’t care if I don’t get the ball first-hand.”
However he admits both he and Moses Mbye speak about the frustration surrounding the contentious game plan.
“We chat about it to each other,” he said.
“Why do people constantly ask? I know the past couple of weeks has been a struggle with our attack and we’re not shy to say that.
“It’s just what Des feels we do best for the team.”
The Bulldogs have made the past five finals series, and Reynolds knows he and Mbye need to put the discussion aside ahead of Sunday’s elimination final against Penrith at Allianz Stadium.
“It’s semi-finals, do or die,” he said.
“If we think about what we’ve done over the past few weeks, the same thing will happen.
“We put some points on some good teams at stages so it’s just getting back to that.”