Petero warns Bulldogs

NRL great Petero Civoniceva said the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs need to follow the example provided by the Brisbane Broncos last week if they are to appear on the Telstra Premiership winner’s list.

After gaining some confidence despite losing to the reigning premiers Melbourne Storm in round one, Dean Pay’s men failed to reach any great heights in a comprehensive loss to the Sydney Roosters in round two.

Civoniceva — who forged a reputation as one of the best props to have played in the past 25 years during a career that included 309 NRL matches, 33 Holden State of Origin appearances and 51 Tests for Australia and Fiji — said Canterbury need to remember that the season was a long one.

“Some teams are going to take time to gel, and the Bulldogs are a prime example. They’ve had the most upheaval over the off-season; they have a new coach and some big signings and with that comes a lot of expectation,” Civoniceva said.

“They would definitely be feeling the pressure, especially Aaron Woods, who has been brought to the club on big money.

“The expectation is to show your value and being the proud guy he is, he’d be disappointed after starting the season with two losses.

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