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Arthur praises Bulldogs form

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs head to Bankwest Stadium on Thursday night full of confidence having won their past three matches.

The Bulldogs recent form has seen them defeat the Panthers, Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers, all teams vying for spots in the top eight.

Their opponents this week, the Parramatta Eels, currently sit in sixth position on 28 points locked in a battle for a top four spot with South Sydney and Manly.

It’s a battle between two of Sydney’s biggest clubs, a rivalry that stems back to the 80s and Eels coach Brad Arthur has kept a close eye on the Dogs over recent weeks.

“They’ve really improved since the start of the year. They’re playing typical Bulldogs fashion. Tough, grinding performances, playing right to death, 80 minutes, but it’s exactly what we need. We need to come to the game knowing we’re going to be tested. We’re excited to play a team that’s won three in a row,” Arthur added.

Pay: We're moving in the right direction

The two sides met earlier in the year in round two and it was a victory for the blue and gold, but since the bye in round 16 Canterbury have claimed four victories from their six matches, with each of these wins highlighted by the team’s attitude towards defence.

This area of their game has been a real focal point for the playing group and staff, and from the coaches view it’s pleasing to see the hard work and effort be rewarded.

“Over the last six or seven weeks, we have made some good progression. We got to a really good level last week. We defended well and I think we only missed 17 tackles. That’s been the cornerstone of us winning a few games on the trot. We just want more of the same this week,” said Dean Pay.

Pay’s men go into the contest having won five of their past seven matches and currently sit in 13th place on the ladder, one point behind the Warriors and two behind the Wests Tigers and Knights.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Meaney
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Kerrod Holland
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Will Hopoate
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Brad Takairangi
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Reimis Smith
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Lachlan Lewis

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Kane Evans
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Manu Ma'u
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Corey Harawira-Naera
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Adam Elliott

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 David Gower
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Jack Cogger
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Renouf Toomaga
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Marata Niukore
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
  • Interchange for Eels is number 18 Tepai Moeroa
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Chris Smith