Bulldogs slump to bottom NRL rung again

Dean Pay's Bulldogs have won just one NRL game to date in 2019.
Dean Pay's Bulldogs have won just one NRL game to date in 2019.

Dean Pay could be forced to wield the axe at Canterbury for the second time this year after suffering their heaviest NRL loss under his watch.

After seemingly taking a step forward with strong efforts over the past fortnight, a hapless Bulldogs side were humbled 40-4 by St George Illawarra on Sunday.

It's the third time this season they've conceded at least 36 points, as well as the biggest losing margin since Pay's arrival last year.

It's also left them at the bottom of the NRL table after Gold Coast recorded their first win of the season against Penrith.

"We made way too many errors and they just capitalised off the back of them and the score just got away from us," Pay said post-game.

The dynamic Dragons attack set up a three-try halftime lead but a mistake-prone Bulldogs outfit allowed the score to blow out in the second period.

Two errors inside their 10-metre zone directly resulted in tries.

"It's simple - we made way too many errors," Pay said.

"At the end of the day, you keep giving a good quality team like that on their home ground opportunity after opportunity, they're going to take it."

Of the 17 players the Bulldogs fielded on Sunday, 11 entered the match with fewer than 50 games, including rookie winger Jayden Okunbor.

Pay predicted there'd be more trying times to come, with the Belmore outfit set to face an in-form South Sydney side on Friday.

"We've made some progression with these young blokes. (But) again, we're going to have our ups and we're going to have our downs," he said.

"We've got a short turnaround now, we need to make sure we get ourselves ready to play Souths next week.

"It's obviously a real learning curve. You can't continue to make errors.

"We need to stop that, stop the stem of making those simple errors, but we need to make sure that we've got some resilience to defend them as well."

Australian Associated Press