Kurri Kurri's long injury list caught up with them as they were overrun 40-6 by a young, talented Western Suburbs side at Harker Oval on Saturday.
In a savage blow for the Bulldogs they are likely to miss prop Peter Cronin for the rest of the season after he suffered a broken arm.
They are also likely to be without back-rower Reid Alchin, who is expected to face up two weeks on the sidelines after being reported for a late tackle.
"Injuries are catching up and we had a couple more yesterday. There's quite a few of the boys playing injured as well," Bulldogs president Mick Alchin said.
The battered Bulldogs included captain-coach Mitch Cullen who played on Saturday after being bed-ridden with the flu all week.
"We were in the fight for 20, but all of a sudden bang, bang, bang Wests score. It was same in the second half we came out all right but all of a sudden Wests just ran over the top of us," Alchin said.
"They got a few blokes back from State Cup and they are a very good young team and they back each other up.
"They dominated us in the ruck and it's an area we really need to look at"
Wests did the damage running in five of their tries in a 14 minute period from the 45th minute.
Alchin said they needed to put the disappointment behind them and concentrate on next week's game against the Scorpions at Kurri.
"We've just got to lift ourselves, get to training this week and start again," he said.
Meanwhile, Kurri's Ben Edwards had a 200th grade game to remember being sent off in the reserve grade fixture for trying to stop a try with his foot.
Alchin said Edwards had been a really loyal servant of the club and his desperation to try to save a try was typical of the way he played.
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