Wednesday 23 August 2017 / 02:58 AM

REYNOLDS: ATTACK ISN’T BULLDOGS’ PROBLEM

The Bulldogs have the worst attack in the NRL, averaging just 13.8 points per game through their first 15 games of the season, but five-eighth Josh Reynolds says that isn’t his side’s major concern.

With just 38 tries so far in season 2017, Canterbury are ahead of only the Wests Tigers in that category, and have become renowned for their lack of cohesion on attack and poor execution inside the opposition 20.

But Reynolds said his gripe is with everything that happens in the lead-up, where he believes his side are falling short.

“It’s nothing to do with attack, confidence, nothing. People say our attack is lacking or whatever but in the end mate I think it’s actually the little things,” Reynolds said.

“We just haven’t been able to nail the simple things really, we probably throw the ball around and look better when we do it, but when it comes to little gritty things we just aren’t nailing them at the moment.

“We aren’t creating those chances. When we do get down there and create that stuff we can nail those moments, but it’s about camping down there and making sure we are getting those opportunities.

“We have got to work on our field positioning. Our back five are really great at bringing it back, it’s just at crucial times we are making poor decisions.”

Canterbury’s shortcomings with the ball were once again exposed in the Round 16 loss to the Warriors, as their insistence on playing at the line resulted in a number of areas, while they struggled to execute late in tackle counts, with their two tries in the 21-14 loss coming via an individual effort from Raymond Faitala-Mariner and a late try to Kerrod Holland out wide.

Post-match Reynolds saw it as a missed opportunity for his side, who head into Round 17 in 13th position.

“Errors killed us at times against the Warriors, which was a shame because I felt we were on top to be honest, we would get a roll on then would drop the ball,” Reynolds said.

“In the last eight minutes of that game we were just rolling, throwing the ball around and I guess that was when we played our best. If we get back to doing that it should be fine.”

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