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The two teams struggling most in the current 2022 NRL season meet at Leichhardt Oval in an intriguing Round 11 fixture. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6pm (AEST).
After the week the Bulldogs have just lived, it is difficult to predict the state of mind that the squad will take into this match.
Trent Barrett has walked away after the most dismal run as coach, Mick Potter has signed on to guide the team for the remainder of the season and Brent Naden has done a quick about turn and will suit up for the Tigers just a few days after wearing the blue and white of Canterbury.
The NRL continues to write the most remarkable of stories and these two clubs are penning more than their fair share, with Wests under enormous pressure to show some consistency in their form after a start to the NRL season that has produced just two wins from ten rounds.
That number matches the Bulldogs’ win column, with only for and against seeing the Tigers holding down 15th spot ahead of Canterbury, as we approach the midway point of the season.
Thus, this fixture presents an enormous opportunity for both clubs to grab a precious two points and keep the hopes of their fans alive in terms of seeing something better in the latter half of the season.
Supporters of the loser in this clash may well lose all motivation to attend NRL matches across the back end of the year, if they had not already, and the benefit of a win here cannot underestimated for two clubs starting from a very low base when it comes to competitiveness in 2022.
Team news sees Jake Averillo and Jackson Topine into the staring line-up for the Dogs, with Naden and the injured Corey Waddell making way.
To make matters worse for the Dogs, Josh Addo-Carr has also been ruled out.
The Tigers are without Luke Brooks thanks to a hamstring injury and Jock Madden comes into the halves to pair with Jackson Hastings.
Good luck tipping this one, but with influenza circling the Bulldogs’ camp, the Tigers may well be just a little healthier and hungrier.
The events of the past seven days are likely to have taken a toll on the Canterbury squad, with the general disappointment around recent performances unlikely to be remedied with the appointment of Potter.
Look for the Tigers to bring a powerful forward game and set up a close fought victory through the middle.
Wests by 12.
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1. Starford To’a 2. Junior Tupou 3. Asu Kepaoa 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Jock Madden 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue
14. Kelma Tuilagi 15. Alex Twal 16. Fa’amanu Brown 17. Stefano Utoikamanu 18. Alex Seyfarth 19. Oliver Gildart 20. Thomas Mikaele 21. Brent Naden 22. Junior Pauga 23. Tukimihia Simpkins 24. Fonua Pole
1. Matt Dufty 2. Jayden Okunbor 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Jake Averillo 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jackson Topine 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson
14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Joe Stimson 16. Max King 17. Chris Patolo 19. Jacob Kiraz 20. Zach Dockar-Clay 21. Brandon Wakeham 22. Tuipulotu Katoa 23. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 24. Paul Alamoti 25. Ava Seumanufagai