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Bulldogs prepare for tough patch in AFL

By Adam Cooper 27/04/2008 09:56:52 AM Comments (0)

Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade believes the next quarter of the AFL season will provide his side a good test now that they must leave their Melbourne kennel.

Having won five and drawn one of their first six games, the Bulldogs next week play outside Melbourne for the first time this campaign, when they travel to the SCG to play Sydney.

But Eade believes the Bulldogs' excellent start to the season, which continued with a 20.14 (134) to 11.8 (74) thrashing of West Coast at Telstra Dome on Saturday night, provided a great launching pad for a tough block of upcoming games.

The Bulldogs must travel interstate three times in the next four rounds - Sydney, Fremantle (Subiaco, round eight) and Hawthorn (Launceston, 10) - and also play North Melbourne (nine), St Kilda (11) and the Brisbane Lions (12) at home.

Eade was pleased his side had "banked" early wins ahead of any tough patches.

"It's a very even competition and teams are going to be hurt when you get injuries and we'll get them at times too, and you just need to take wins when you can get them," he said.

"I think teams will build them (wins) in blocks at stages and have blocks of losses.

"We made a block of six weeks because we were playing in Melbourne for six weeks.

"Our next six weeks (are) pretty tough, on the road and against good teams.

"The fact we've got a pretty tough run the next six weeks we needed to have these in the bank and I think the next six weeks will be a good test for us ... I don't know what we need to win (to reach the finals), but having five-and-a-half out of six is a pretty good start."

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