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Folkes fumes at 'disgraceful' Dogs

By Adrian Warren 31/05/2003 09:49:31 PM Comments (0)

Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes described his side as "disgraceful" after the lowly Wests Tigers caused one of the upsets of the National Rugby League season winning 20-14 at Sydney Showground.

The Tigers snapped a club record equalling six match losing streak and became the first side to beat the Bulldogs at the venue since the opening round of last season.

Folkes said the players were embarrassed by their effort.

"Basically we were disgraceful in every department there is, with the ball and without it... very disappointing," Folkes said.

After tallying only 32 points in their last five games, Wests scored three tries to two against a Bulldogs side which looked as if it had taken over the visitor's mantle of being amongst the most offensively challenged teams in the competition.

After being held scoreless by the Broncos last week, the Bulldogs' two tries scored by centre Nigel Vagana both came from intercepts and they showed little of their customary attacking zip and penetration.

Asked if he was worried by the Bulldogs' lack of recent attacking punch Folkes said "obviously. We are not doing a lot right with the footy."

Bulldogs captain and prop Steve Price put his team's attacking woes down to trying a bit too hard.

"We're dropping a bit too much ball which obviously means you have to defend more. When you defend more you're tired and you can't do as much in attack," Price said.

The Bulldogs came close to snatching the match out of the fire in the latter stages with winger Matt Utai and hooker Adam Perry held up over the Tigers' line in the closing minutes.

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