Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers: NRL live scores
Ben Barba attacks. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay
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Canterbury Vs. Wests Tigers
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 18 August, 2012
|ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW|
|Canterbury 23 defeated Wests Tigers 22 (XT)|
|Referee: B Cummins|
|Touch judges: P Holland & Luke Potter|
Can the Wests Tigers stop the Bulldogs 11-game winning streak and contain the electric Canterbury fullback Ben Barba? Join us to find out with live scores from 7.30pm AEST.
From the team that finished ninth in the NRL last year, this season’s Dogs outfit are a completely different outfit.
They have virtually the same playing personnel, apart from the addition of prop James Graham, and mid-season buys winger Sam Perrett and centre Krisnan Inu, but this Canterbury side is playing with much more confidence, aggression and attacking ambition than the 2011 edition.
Master coach Des Hasler has remodeled the Dogs in a short space of time, uncovered dynamic five-eighth Josh Reynolds and powerhouse forward Sam Kasiano, and got his charges dominating the competition.
It is a big ask for the Tigers to come to ANZ Stadium tonight and dethrone the high-flying Bulldogs. But that is the Tigers task, as they attempt to hold on to a semi-final position.
The joint-venture club sit in just eighth place at the moment with a host of clubs – the Knights, Raiders, Titans and Dragons – nipping at their heels.
The Tigers come into this one starting to hit some form of their own with two wins from their past two games. Most pleasing for the Tigers faithful will be the sight of star Benji Marshall hitting his straps. T
he Kiwi pivot laid on some beautiful tries in the Tigers win over Balmain last weekend in a manner only he can do, and with weapons like Marshall, Farah and their attacking forward trio of Heighington, Ellis and Blair, they will pose some problems for Canterbury.
But it will be the Tigers defence that will have to stand up to the Bulldogs might and be the key to them winning the match.
Canterbury welcome back props Kasiano and Graham for this game, a timely boost as they chase their 12th win in a row.
The Tigers are unchanged and surely ex-Dog Matt Utai will want to get one over his old club. Barba may be the focal point for the Bulldogs at the moment but, as Tim Sheens remarked “he isn’t Superman”, and the Belmore-based club have plenty of attacking intent around the park, from Josh Morris to Krisnan Inu, Josh Reynolds and Frank Pritchard.
Focusing only Barba, arguably the current front-runner for this year’s Dally M medal, will leave holes for other players to exploit.
The should be an entertaining tussle by two of the premier attacking teams in the NRL. Join us at 7.30pm AEST for all the action from ANZ Stadium and to see which part of western Sydney is triumphant tonight.