Round 7 NSW Cup Preview
Bulldogs TV spoke with returning outside back Pat Templeman about the NSW Cup match this weekend.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Vs Wests Tigers
Belmore Sports Ground, Saturday, April 19
Referee: Damian Briscoe
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of 2GLF FM 89.3 (Link available via 893fm.com.au)
Summary: The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will be desperate to arrest a winless run that now extends back to round two while the Tigers will look to bounce back after last rounds loss to the Panthers. The Bulldogs controlled large portions of last weekend’s game against the Warriors yet lacked the necessary polish at times to make the most of their field position and possession. The Tigers hung with the Panthers for most of the 80 minutes, but similarly to the Bulldogs, didn’t make the most of their opportunities. A lot of responsibility is currently falling on the young shoulders of the Bulldogs halves in McGrady and Mbye. We wouldn’t be surprised if Andrew Patmore contemplated moving Damien Cook into number six at varying stages of the match to help absorb some of that responsibility. Former Bulldog Daniel Abou-Sleiman has been named at fullback for the Tigers here and he will be out for a big game against his former club. Young Manaia Cherrington will take the place of Joel Luani here who has been called up to the NRL as a replacement for the injured Robbie Farah.
Battle of the Beasts: Many good individual match ups await here but none more so that up front with Sam Kasiano and Ben Murdoch-Masila. Masila has possibly been the form forward of the competition of late while we all know what Kasiano is capable of at his best. Both very different players yet very effective in their own way. Should be a beauty.