Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an NRL club mascot? Well here's the story of "Brutus the Bulldogs", club mascot of the Canterbury Bulldogs.
The Roosters are flying, but on Friday night host a Bulldogs outfit still smarting from their narrow loss to the Sharks at their spiritual home of Belmore.
An experienced dummy-half gets one over his younger counterpart, a star playmaker's untimely injury, Melbourne's Kiwi connection, and the Broncos roll on.
Wests Tigers lock Martin Taupau and Broncos prop Adam Blair have both entered an early guilty plea, and will miss three and two weeks respectively.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds will miss up to six weeks with a knee injury the club announced on Monday.
Bulldogs captain James Graham admits his team were complacent in their loss to Cronulla, adding they relied on their home ground advantage too much.
Unlike Mick Fanning, the Bulldogs couldn't handle the Sharks at crucial points of their loss to Cronulla in their second-coming to spiritual home at Belmore.
Cronulla staked their NRL Telstra Premiership finals claims with a hard-fought win over Canterbury at Belmore Sports Ground.
Canterbury have announced their NRL match against Cronulla at Belmore has sold out.
The Bulldogs are hoping for a repeat of one of the most parochial crowds ever seen at a rugby league game when they host the Sharks at Belmore on Sunday.