Flanagan braced for rough treatment

01 March 2021 17:27:23 GMTPlus10

Bulldogs new boy Kyle Flanagan says he is ready for some special treatment in the 2021 NRL campaign and admits he will
have to adapt his game to deal with it.

The halfback is used to being in the shadows somewhat following spells with the Roosters and Sharks, but will be the main man with Canterbury this season.

He got a taste of what's to come when he was targeted by Cronulla captain Wade Graham and the rest of the Sharks players during Saturday night's trial game.

However he admits it comes with the territory and is ready to embrace it.

"He found me," Flanagan said of Graham. "I was a bit stunned there. He was looking for me but he has played State of Origin and he has played for Australia so it is always good going up against him.

"I am the dominant kicker on the team and I can feel the heat coming so I will have to work on that in my own game and spread my kicking game and the workload across the whole team."

The Bulldogs were 12-0 down at half-time but fought back in the second half to win 16-12.

And despite conceding the two tries on their right edge, Flanagan says on the whole they were satisfied with the performance.

"That was pretty disappointing but overall I thought it was a pretty good game," Flanagan said.
"We had a few attacking sets towards the back end of the first half and it felt pretty comfortable.

"It was pretty quick and the possession in the first 20 minutes was all Cronulla so we had to do a lot of defending."

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