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Dogs out to improve forward firepower

  • Dogs out to improve forward firepower

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 16 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium on July 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

If the best form of AFL attack is defence, then the Western Bulldogs are on track to go deep in September.

But if you're relying on the Bulldogs to kick a score, you might be disappointed.

If the ladder was re-drawn based only on points scored, the Dogs would be 12th.

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Saturday night's win over North Melbourne was the latest example of Luke Beveridge's side leading from the back.

Only Sydney and Geelong boast better defensive records than the Bulldogs and ruckman Jordan Roughead suggested it was a point of pride.

"The way that we defended was the highlight for me," he told AAP.

"When it looked like the Kangaroos were going to get out, we had a player step up and were able to create a delay or turn the footy over.

"If we keep defending that well, we don't need to reach 100 points."

Roughead's point is well made but there is an awareness at the club that a few more goals could certainly be useful.

The Bulldogs had nine goalscorers but none were able to kick more than one each against the Kangaroos.

Beveridge told his players they needed to take more chances.

"We talked about the fact that we had 60 inside 50s and only kicked nine goals," Roughead said.

"It's still a work in progress but its something we can improve over the next few weeks.

"We do have different avenues to goal. Hopefully soon we'll be able to kick a big score."

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