Hasler moves on from referee comments
On Tuesday, Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was handed a breach notice for commentating on the standard of refereeing after his side's loss to Penrith last Sunday.
On Wednesday, he was nice enough to explain to everyone the rule in a way that only Harry Potter fans would understand.
"When it comes to understanding the policy about he whose name you can not mention – so let's call him Voldemort – I clearly understand the policy, paragraph 31, sub-clause two, that 'Comment on', means just that," he said.
The man they call the Mad Scientist suddenly transformed into the Mad Wizard.
"So you can't say anything nice about them, you can't say anything positive about them, you can't say anything about the Voldemorts. And you can't certainly say anything negative. You just can't comment," he said.
Asked if that was how he originally interpreted the new guidelines, he said: "It's what the rules said. That's what they think is pragmatic and reasonable. We move on."
Hasler refused to divulge whether the club will appeal the suspended fine.
He was, however, willing to admonish his team for a poor attitude with the ball. In the first half alone, the Bulldogs turned the ball over seven times, completing just two thirds of their sets.
"We work really hard at this game, on break down and analysis and the analytical part of it," he said.
"But at the end of the day, a really, really, important component of the game is possession."
Hasler's side is in the middle of a five-day turnaround that concludes with a blockbuster clash against a Parramatta outfit that will be buoyed by its 42-12 smackdown of Manly in Round 1.
"They made the most of their opportunities, definitely, though the first half was fairly tight. But I think [Manly coach] Geoff Toovey mentioned the momentum in the second half certainly swung their way and they were able to put on a couple of quick tries," he said.
"A couple of key injuries to the opposition and before you know it, they've racked up 42 points. They are a dangerous side. They're playing with a lot of energy. And I mentioned that in the lead-up to Sunday's game. Energy is found, and energy is created in doing the fundamentals right."
The Bulldogs were dealt some more pain on Tuesday after news five-eighth Josh Reynolds will miss up to eight weeks with a fractured arm.
It came as a major surprise to the coaching and medical staff, who can't even recall the incident.
"Yeah, a bit of an unfortunate thing, both for the side and also for Josh," Hasler said.
"He certainly wanted to pick up on the season he had last year in regards to his form, in regards to his aspirations later on in the season with the representative scene. So it's unfortunate timing, but he'll be back this season. That's the main thing."
Reynolds will be replaced by utility Moses Mbye, a promising playmaker who deputised for Michael Ennis in last year's grand final defeat to South Sydney.
"He's a really cool fella, cool under pressure. He works hard," Hasler said.
"In saying that, he's quite young. But I think he handles those roles well. He certainly handled the role at dummy half last year in one of the biggest games on the calendar, so he'll do a good job there no doubt."