Round 2 NRL Preview

The Bulldogs will tomorrow night host their opening home game of season 2015 when they take on the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium.

After a first-up loss to the Panthers at Pepper Stadium last Sunday, the side have been quick to move on and focus on what will be a tough battle in what is hoped to be a big crowd. Whilst the Eels will be looking to continue their good run of form after a strong performance in round one.

The blue and whites have been dealt a blow with five-eighth Josh Reynolds being ruled out for 6-8 weeks with an arm injury whilst the Eels will go into the match without interchange forward Joseph Paulo who was found guilty of a dangerous throw, that will see him miss nine matches. Young Moses Mbye comes into to replace the local junior and will make his 10th appearance in the top flight.

Players’ Player from Round 1, Brett Morris, was impressed with the Eels performance in round one.

“They were really impressive,” the Kiama junior said. “They took it to Manly and matched them in the forwards, which gave their back some room to move out wide.

“The battle up front will again be the highlight this week and I look forward to sitting at the back and watching it all unfold.”

The fullback is also confident that Mbye will do the job at five-eighth.

“There is no doubt that Reynolds is a loss but Moses is a young bloke who is confident and isn’t scared to get into the big guys and tell them where to be.

“You want that bit of confidence. He trained the full pre-season and played in both trials, so there is no doubt that he’ll be ready to go out there.”

Head to Head

Played 136, Canterbury 73, Parramatta 58, drawn 5

At ANZ Stadium

Played 22, Canterbury 13, Parramatta 9