1. Tigers’ pressure too hot to handle
The Tigers were at their manic best on Wednesday night, led by superstar Dustin Martin.
And it proved too much for the Bulldogs to handle.
Swift ball movement was the key for the Tigers, who capitalised on turnovers and maintained their pressure across the ground all night.
The Bulldogs’ disposal efficiency – 69.8 per cent – was down on their season average, while the Tigers were efficient – 77 per cent – while having 31 more disposals, 31 more marks and sending the ball inside-50 on 13 more occasions.
3. Ah Macrae, you’ve done it again
There a few midfielders as consistent as Jack Macrae.
In game 150, he was a clear standout on a disappointing night for the Bulldogs.
Macrae did what he does best, finding plenty of the ball and throwing himself into the thick of every contest.
He finished the night with a whopping 37 disposals, to go with four clearances and four tackles.
Fittingly, fellow milestone men Caleb Daniel (100 games) and Bailey Williams (50 games) were also among the Bulldogs’ better performers, finishing with 22 disposals and 23 disposals respectively.
3. Dogs’ yo-yo season continues
It’s been an up and down season for the Bulldogs in 2020 – who have a 5-4 record after nine games.
When you remove last week’s narrow win against the Gold Coast Suns from the picture, there’s a clear divide between the Bulldogs’ best and not-so-good performances.
The margins in the other four wins? 24 points, 28 points, 49 points and 42 points.
And in the losses? 52 points, 39 points, 52 points and 41 points.
This is a season like no other – but the Bulldogs will be striving for more consistency in the back half of the season.