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Bulldogs to bank on NRL finals experience

NZN 29/08/2016 James MacSmith

Canterbury are hoping their finals experience will matter when it counts the most, as they attempt to fight their way out of a sluggish end to the NRL regular season.

The Bulldogs, Melbourne and North Queensland are the only sides to qualify for every NRL finals series, including this year, since 2012 when coach Des Hasler moved to Belmore.

Canterbury is the only club to play in two grand finals over that period.

They have suffered successive defeats in two disappointing efforts against Brisbane and North Queensland in recent weeks and must now rely on results to go their way in the final round if they are to secure a top-four spot.

The Dogs face South Sydney in their final round match on Friday.

After that they begin yet another finals campaign and will be boosted by the return of prop Sam Kasiano.

Representative star Brett Morris said the Dogs wealth of finals experience would prove crucial.

"Going into big games you want to have people who have been in those situations before, they know what to expect," Morris said.

"It is a different game. What you see in the 26 rounds is completely different to what you get in the finals and any team can win on their day.

"To have that experience it definitely helps."

The Dogs are also expected to welcome back Sam Perrett from a neck injury when the finals start in two weeks time.

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