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DWZ’s desperate bid to avoid first wooden spoon

Canterbury winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has never claimed a wooden spoon, so he doesn’t want to start now. The bottom-placed Bulldogs are staring down the club’s sixth last-placed finish in 85 years with four rounds remaining, but Watene-Zelezniak is desperate to avoid rugby league’s most unwanted tag.It is a challenge that starts on Saturday when Canterbury…

Canterbury winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has never claimed a wooden spoon, so he doesn’t want to start now.

The bottom-placed Bulldogs are staring down the club’s sixth last-placed finish in 85 years with four rounds remaining, but Watene-Zelezniak is desperate to avoid rugby league’s most unwanted tag.

It is a challenge that starts on Saturday when Canterbury host the Gold Coast at ANZ Stadium.

Watene-Zelezniak knows beating the Titans will help the Bulldogs leapfrog Brisbane off the bottom of the ladder.

“And that is our focus,” Watene-Zelezniak said.

“No one wants to finish last, so that is our big goal to avoid it. There is a lot of motivation.

“We can’t make the finals, so our goal is to win the next four games.”

Watene-Zelezniak returned last week against Canberra after being dropped for two weeks.

As difficult as being relegated was, he conceded his form hasn’t been up to scratch this season.

“I think I haven’t been at my best all year,” he said.

“It is not that I’m not trying, and I’m ticking every box at training, but sometimes I get to the game and certain things don’t go your way and I start stumbling down.

“But I’m trying to be positive and grateful of the opportunity to be back in the team.

“I can’t take these opportunities for granted now with the way we are going, and you have to be at your best all the time.”

The Bulldogs may be last on the ladder, but they have lost six games by eight points or less.

“Sometimes we are trying and things don’t go our way, and that has a snowball effect and gets bigger and bigger,” he said.

“We then just can’t find a way to get over it, but the best way is to continue to be positive, and if you do make a mistake, you have to make sure you get in there and take the next carry.”

It hasn’t been an easy season for Canterbury, but Watene-Zelezniak can see bright days ahead under new coach Trent Barrett.

“I think Baz coming in will be good for us,” he said.

“He will certainly challenge us, and he is an attacking coach as well, so he will bring some of his strengths in that area.

“I’m looking forward to what is in the future.”

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