2018 NRL – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 27th July, 10:55 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Action
Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=DGS2018

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Hopoate, B. Morris, J. Morris, Holland, Smith, Lewis, Marshall-King, Tolman, Lichaa, Klemmer, Jackson, Martin, Elliott – Interchanges: Brown, Eastwood, Ogden, Fualalo – Reserves: Smith, Frawley, Tualau, Olive

Unavailable: Kieran Foran, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Marcelo Montoya

  • Canterbury couldn’t overcome bottom-placed Parramatta last week in a keenly fought contest. In a low-scoring game, it was the Eels that prevailed with the Bulldogs failing to cross the whitewash after a sixth-minute effort as they went down 14-8.

  • There’s just one change for the Bulldogs from last week with Ofahiki Ogden replacing Clay Priest on the bench.

  • The Eels drew level on points with the Bulldogs with their win last week in what is now a three-way tie for last place. They have won just one of their last eight matches and look certain to be involved in the mix for the wooden spoon.

TIGERS

Head Coach: Ivan Cleary

Starting 13: Mbye, Nofoaluma, Marsters, Naiqama, Thompson, Marshall, Brooks, Packer, Farah, Matulino, Chee Kam, Garner, Taylor – Interchanges: Twal, Sue, Rochow, Eisenhuth – Reserves: Liddle, McQueen, Godinet, Watene-Zelezniak

Unavailable: Mahe Fonua, Josh Reynolds, Chris Lawrence, Josh Aloiai

  • For the second week running, Wests Tigers overcame top 4 opposition to claim an impressive win. Having knocked off St George in the previous week, the Tigers were arguably even better to topple the league leaders South Sydney in a 22-6 win.

  • Luke Garner comes into the starting 13 after impressing last week. He replaces the injured Josh Aloiai with Robbie Rochow receiving a call-up to the bench.

  • Having stopped their losing streak last week, the Tigers went back-to-back last week and now have the top 8 in their sight, sitting just four points back with a great chance for a third win in a row here.

THE PREDICTION

Wests Tigers haven’t had an issue beating the top 4 teams in the competition this season. In fact, they have won five of their contests against teams in the top 4, losing just once. After two superb wins against the Dragons and Rabbitohs, the challenge is to now replicate that level of performance against a lesser side. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they have languished towards the foot of the ladder all season with off-field issues not helping their cause in the debut season of their head coach Dean Pay. They have won just one in eight and facing a Wests team that could see them force their way into play-off contention is something they won’t relish. The Tigers should win well here and leave those above them looking over their shoulder.