Dylan Napa puts pre-season drama behind him with first Bulldogs trial

Foran said that was just management of his body and Napa was «good to go» for the season ahead.

He also felt the run was the perfect antidote to the off-field dramas.

«I think it will be. I was really pleased with Dylan’s performance today,» Foran said.

«I thought he really stepped up and took some really nice carries and put a couple of big shots on and that’s what we need from him. He did exactly that.

«He’ll feel refreshed and feel good about getting a game under his belt after the pre-season. He’ll be looking forward to the season now. He’s a big part of this side and we need him at his best.»

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It was also Foran’s first game back from injury, having not played for the Bulldogs since round 12 last year.

Toe surgery ended his 2018 campaign, but he’s had a full pre-season and was looking lively back in blue and white — albeit sporting a beard and hair that brought back memories of Grizzly Adams.

Foran was back taking the ball to the line and looked dangerous in the first half.

He also played a role in the Bulldogs’ third try when he came to the left edge and helped set up an overlap that Kerrod Holland was able to take advantage of for his second try.

The Bulldogs shot out to a 22-6 half-time lead before the Raiders reeled them back in with the strong breeze at their backs for the second half.

«[The body’s] feeling really good. It’s nice to have a full pre-season, feeling really fit,» Foran said.

Kieran Foran looked good in his first hit-out since round 12 last year.

Kieran Foran looked good in his first hit-out since round 12 last year.Credit:NRL Imagery

«I’ve got a lot more running under my belt this pre-season and I’m hoping that holds me in good stead heading into the season.

«I just tried to do my role within the team. We’ve been working on how we want to play throughout the last three or four months of pre-season and just tried to fit in where I needed to in the side.»

AT A GLANCE

CANBERRA RAIDERS 28 (Nick Cotric 2, Royce Hunt, Bailey Simonsson, Tony Satini tries; Jarrod Croker 4 goals) bt CANTERBURY BULLDOGS 22 (Kerrod Holland 2, Aiden Tolman, Reimis Smith tries; Holland 2, Nick Meaney goals) at Bega Recreation Ground.

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.

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