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The Canterbury Bulldogs once again play the final game of the NRL round, this time against the inconsistent Wests Tigers. Join The Roar for live scores from 6:30pm (AEST).
It’s been a tough year for the Bulldogs, even by 2020’s standards. They’ve had a damaging pre-season scandal, a COVID-19 scare and that’s before we even get to their 1-5 record after six rounds this season.
There was some hope coming into the year that Canterbury would build on the rugged defence they displayed at the back end of last year, but having conceded more than 20 points per game, they haven’t exactly been watertight. Couple that with an impotent attack – only the Titans scored fewer points through Rounds 1-6 – and there’s no surprise they’re stuck in the bottom two.
Meanwhile, Tigers fans don’t know what to expect week in, week out – or even from one half to another. Wests were up 34-0 at halftime last week before losing the second half 20-2 in what epitomises the frustration that no doubt comes with supporting this side.
Unfortunately for Michael Mcguire’s men, they’ll be without Robert Jennings, Zane Musgrove and Alex Twal today, all of whom have been ruled out with injury. They’ve been replaced by Tommy Talau, Oliver Clark and Matt Eisenhuth respectively.
Meanwhile, Christian Crichton is suspended for the Bulldogs, and Nick Meaney and Aiden Tolman could both come into the side after being named in the reserves.
Kick-off: 6:30pm (AEST)
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
1. Will Hopoate, 2. Reimis Smith, 3. Kerrod Holland, 4. Jake Averillo, 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Brandon Wakeham, 8. Renouf To’omaga, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Josh Jackson (c), 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13. Adam Elliott
Bench/Reserves: 14. Jack Cogger, 15. Dean Britt, 16. Sauaso Sue, 17. Ofahiki Ogden, 19. Sione Katoa, 20. Lachlan Lewis, 21. Aiden Tolman, 22. Nick Meaney
1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joey Leilua, 4. Moses Mbye (c), 5. Tommy Talau, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Oliver Clark, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Matthew Eisenhuth
Bench/Reserves: 14. Elijah Taylor, 15. Thomas Mikaele, 16. Sam McIntyre, 17. Michael Chee-Kam, 18. Benji Marshall, 19. Chris Lawrence, 20. Billy Walters, 21. Reece Hoffman