The players could not get hold of the ball, with the Bulldogs amassing 415 disposals to our 296 at Fremantle Oval.
It was a huge differential and 60 or 70 possessions below what we expect of the side.
Souths controlled the tempo of the game and as a result, we were pretty ordinary.
That said, while it’s always good to win round one, it’s not a great indication of how teams are shaping up for the season.
It was a tough day for our debutants Max Duffy, Keegan Knott, Joel Leeson and Mark Hamilton, with most of them playing forward and the ball not spending much time in that half of the ground.
Duffy was good to kick three goals from limited opportunities and Hamilton produced good moments in the ruck.
We’ll need a far better performance against Perth at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.
They have recruited terrifically in the off season, adding former AFL players Clint Jones and Angus Graham to an already strong midfield.
They could rightly lay claim to having one of, if not the strongest midfields in the competition.
With Spencer White, another former AFL player, up forward they’ve got a 194cm key attacking target, so they’re going to be hard to beat.
In terms of selection for us, Laine Rasmussen is highly unlikely to return this week.
He played limited minutes in the Reserves last week coming off an ankle reconstruction over summer.
While we would love to have him back in the side for his hardness and football talents, we think he needs a full game in the twos before he’s back at League level.