Former Canterbury captain Michael Ennis has savaged the Bulldogs, saying they looked like a “reserve grade side” during their Round 1 loss to the Warriors.

The Bulldogs were demolished by the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday, going down 40-6 in what was their biggest loss to the men from across the Tasman.

“If there was going to be a strength for the Bulldogs, it was going to be their forward pack: Tolman, Napa, Lichaa’s played a number of seasons now, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Harawira-Naera, Elliott. These guys are good players,” Ennis told The Big League Wrap.

“They were blown off the park. Absolutely blown off the park.

“They looked like a reserve grade side, to be honest. They really did.

“I know that’s critical and it’s really hard being a former captain of that club.

“It’s Round 1, I know, but it’s critical, but they were absolutely blown away.

“Afoa, Paasi, their leg speed through the middle. They couldn’t contain them.

“On the back of that, it was Maumalo and Fusitua coming through like Sailor and Tuqiri just charging off the back fence. They couldn’t contain them.

“Green and Keighran had an age to decide what they wanted to do. It was so good to watch. The Warriors were at their absolute best.

“But for the Dogs, in the space five, six, seven days, they need a huge rocket.”