2019 NRL – Wests Tigers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Wests Tigers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs taking place? Sunday 31st March, 06:05

Where is Wests Tigers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs taking place? Campbelltown Stadium

What channel is Wests Tigers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Wests Tigers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Wests Tigers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs?
Wests Tigers – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500023

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500010

THE TEAM NEWS

WESTS TIGERS

Head Coach: Michael Maguire

Starting 13: Mbye, Fonua, Jennings, Marsters, Thompson, Marshall, Brooks, Matulino, Farah, Twal, Matterson, Garner, Taylor – Interchanges: Packer, Mikaele, Aloiai, Chee-Kam – Reserves: Momirovski, McQueen

Unavailable: David Nofoaluma, Chris Lawrence

  • Wests Tigers produced another solid display as they comfortably defeated New Zealand Warriors to top the NRL ladder after Round 2 and will now look to maintain their unbeaten start to 2019 as they host Canterbury.

  • Josh Reynolds put in a superb display for the reserves over the weekend but that effort won't be enough to force his way into the Wests 17 as Michael Maguire names the same team that won last week.

  • That team was very different to what was named with a big shuffle in the backline thanks to Moses Mbye returning at fullback and that saw Corey Thompson revert to the wing and Robert Jennings shift inside to the centres.

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Meaney, Okunbor, Holland, Hopoate, R. Smith, Foran, Lewis, Tolman, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Harawira-Naera, Elliott – Interchanges: Lichaa, Ogden, Martin, C. Smith – Reserves: Montoya, Sue

Unavailable: Fa’amanu Brown, Renouf To’omaga, Brandon Wakeham

  • Canterbury look like they are heading for the wooden spoon this season after another poor display saw Parramatta beat them which was their second consecutive heavy defeat to begin the year.

  • Despite their shocking start, head coach Dean Pay has been given a contract extension and he will look to stamp his authority this week having made sweeping changes to his side with Christian Crichton, Marcelo Montoya, Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Sauaso Sue all dropped.

  • Nick Meaney comes in at full-back with Rhyse Martin, Chris Smith and Ofahiki Ogden all earning chances to play whilst Will Hopoate has switched to centre and winger Jayden Okunbur is promoted from the bench.

THE PREDICTION

Wests Tigers topped the NRL ladder for the first time in their history after Round 2 and a visit of the side languishing at the foot of the ladder presents a great chance to retain their spot. The Bulldogs have been awful to start the season and have made big changes to their side this week. They will hope those changes can have a positive influence but it may be asking too much to reverse the form they’ve shown in their opening two matches and Wests can make it three wins in a row.