Canterbury's forwards insist their NRL pack will still have plenty of bite about them without injured prop Dylan Napa, as they face six weeks without the Queensland star.
The Bulldogs will go into Sunday's clash with St George Illawarra without a top-tier representative player in their middle for just the fourth time since mid-2015 - with Napa's absence through an ankle injury.
Once a pack boasting the likes of James Graham, David Klemmer or Aaron Woods at prop and lock, the Bulldogs will have a new look in the middle with Aiden Tolman their only regular starter from recent years still available.
But after taking it to Melbourne's forwards without Napa for most of Sunday's loss to the Storm, the Bulldogs won't cop the idea that they are significantly weakened in either power or size in the middle.
"Obviously we will miss him, he's been fantastic for us since the start of the season when he came across," captain Josh Jackson said of Napa.
"We've got Ofahiki Ogden who is a pretty big boy, Danny Fualalo has got a bit of size about him too. We've got some big boys there to handle it."
Tolman in particular will carry the brunt of the workload.
He got through 74 minutes against Melbourne and while those minutes will naturally drop this week, he is renowned for his work ethic at the Bulldogs.
"Tols will never give himself a rap but we always rap him in the sheds and after the game. I would be surprised if most the boys didn't give him their three points nine time out of 10," forward Adam Elliott said.
"Tolsy doesn't even need to step up, he plays like that every week.
"And Josh Jackson has played Origin. They're definitely not going to shy away from any hard work in the middle."
Coach Dean Pay at least has the likes of Sauaso Sue and Fualalo to recall from reserve grade, who have rebounded since being dropped after round two.
"They could have went the other way and moped around and whinged about it," Jackson said.
"They started ripping in at training and lifting their intensity.
"Their attitude has been fantastic, really positive. Just been doing what they can to get back into the team."
Australian Associated Press