Bulldogs v Wests Tigers Preview
It was billed as a mismatch for the ages, the giants of Belmore standing over the Concord Kids without breaking an ounce of sweat.
But there was plenty of perspiration in the ANZ stands when an exuberant Tigers outfit – led by a pair of David-sized zip-zip men in Luke Brooks and James Tedesco – slingshot their way to a shock 24-6 lead against last year's grand finalists a month ago.
As we've learnt over the first couple of months however, the Tigers know how to blow a lead. And it was Canterbury's own little man in Moses Mbye who slotted over a golden point field goal to complete a dastardly comeback.
The Tigers threw away another two points at Leichhardt Oval last Sunday when they let a 22-0 advantage slip against an improving Raiders outfit, who posted 30 unanswered points over the final hour.
Coach Jason Taylor lost evergreen prop Keith Galloway (shoulder) early in that game, and was forced to replace him with Ava Seumanufagai for Round 8. Matt Lodge gets the nod on the bench.
A depleted Bulldogs side outgunned a similarly depleted Sea Eagles list 28-16 last Friday, and needed all but three minutes to do it.
A boost comes in the form of Josh Morris, Sam Kasiano and Tim Browne, meaning Mbye returns to the bench and Herman Ese'ese and Danny Fualalo drop out.