2018 NRL – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Titans Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 16th June, 06:00 (UK)

Where? Belmore Sports Ground

What channel is it on? UK - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Titans will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=BUL1518

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Mbye, B. Morris, Olive, Hopoate, Montoya, Marshall-King, Frawley, Woods, Lichaa, Klemmer, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Elliott – Interchanges: Priest, Holland, Tolman, Martin – Reserves: Smith, Eastwood

Unavailable: Tom Carr, Danny Fualalo, Josh Morris, Kieran Foran

  • Canterbury pushed St George all the way last week but just fell short in their quest for the win. The Bulldogs went toe-to-toe with the Dragons but a 66th minute Gareth Widdop proved to be the difference between the two sides as the Bulldogs narrowly went down 16-18.

  • Moses Mbye will play his last game for the Bulldogs before he moves to Wests Tigers in a mid-season transfer. Rhyse Martin was initially named in the reserves but receives a late call-up, replacing Renouf Toomaga on the bench.

  • The Bulldogs have won just one of their last seven games but will be hoping that a first game at Belmore this season can yield a win.

TITANS

Head Coach: Garth Brennan

Starting 13: Gordon, Don, Copley, Lee, Sami, Brimson, Taylor, Stockwell, Peats, James, Proctor, Hipgrave, Arrow – Interchanges: Rein, Matthews, Fotuaika, Boyle – Reserves: Cartwright, Latu

Unavailable: Kyle Flanagan, Ryan Simpkins, Jarrod Wallace, Max King

  • Gold Coast couldn’t take advantage of facing an under-strength South Sydney side as their poor run of form continued. The Titans gave themselves a chance of the win but couldn’t find the extra points needed in the final 20 minutes as they went down 16-18.

  • Jarrod Wallace is banned whilst Max King is out with a shoulder injury. Jack Stockwell is promoted to the starting side in the second row with Will Matthews and Morgan Boyle coming onto the bench.

  • The Titans have just one win in eight with them also managing just one win from this six away games so far this season.

THE PREDICTION

Canterbury and Gold Coast have struggled all season but them meeting each other in this game represents a good chance for both to claim a much needed win. With neither team realistically in the mix for finals football, only pride is at stake but the game arguably has more meaning for the Bulldogs. Salary cap strife has resulted in the transfer of Moses Mbye to Wests Tigers with this his final appearance in a Bulldogs jersey. He will want to go out with a bang with his teammates also likely to lift for their popular teammate. Neither side make a particularly compelling case to get the win but with Gold Coast’s poor away form coupled with the desire to win for Mbye, the Bulldogs can sneak this one and send him off with a win.