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Bulldogs v Dragons: Round 9 Pregame Notes

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs head into Sunday's Round 9 clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons seeking their second win of the season.

The Belmore based club will be looking for redemption after falling to the Parramatta Eels at home in Round 8.

St George Illawarra look to turn around their fortunes at Kogarah, doing it tough in the last several weeks without key personnel. The Red V started the season strong, but have fallen off track of late. Anthony Griffin is hoping his men will be able to navigate their way back into the winner's circle.

Brad Deitz Mid-Week Press Conference: Round 9 v Dragons

Team News

Bulldogs: Canterbury-Bankstown have made one positional change with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Nick Meaney trading places between fullback and wing respectively. Dylan Napa has been named to start, despite failing to return to the field after succumbing to a shoulder complaint in the 15th minute of last week's Eels derby. Lachlan Lewis has been named on the reserves list after a strong showing for feeder side Mounties as he pushes his claim for a spot in the run-on side.

Dragons: St George Illawarra will be without in-form centre Zac Lomax after he left the field against the Wests Tigers with a dislocated thumb. Tyrell Fuimaono will line up at right centre, with Cody Ramsey cleared to take the field on the wing after overcoming a rib injury suffered last weekend. The Dragons will be without wingers Mikaele Ravalawa and Jordan Pereira due to suspension.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Max Feagai
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Cotric
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jack Bird
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Corey Allan
  • Winger for Dragons is number 20 Mathew Feagai
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Nick Meaney
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Jake Averillo
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Luke Thompson
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 16 Ava Seumanufagai
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Josh Kerr
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Adam Elliott
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Chris Smith
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Josh McGuire
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Corey Waddell

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Billy Burns
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bradley Deitz
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Renouf Atoni
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Kaide Ellis
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 19 Lachlan Lewis
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 19 Junior Amone
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Ofahiki Ogden

Reserves

  • Reserve for Dragons is number 18 Jackson Ford
    Reserve for Bulldogs is number 17 Matt Doorey

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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Key match-up

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak v Matt Dufty: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak v Matt Dufty: New Zealand captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was in immense form before he was ruled out with a knee infection in the lead up to the Pack's Round 7 clash against the Sharks. The willing ball runner has put it upon himself to get his side out of the red zone and on the front foot, racking up an average of 176 running metres per game this season.

Dragons fullback Matt Dufty has been a highlight for the Red V, scoring 6 tries in his 8 appearances this season. The dynamic speedster has threatened the opposition defence, often floating around the ruck sniffing out opportunities wherever possible. He is one player the Bulldog's will keep an eye on for the full duration of Sunday's fixture.

Stat Attack

Watene-Zelezniak's return to fullback should see an increase in yardage, racking up an average of 176 running metres, 56 post contact metres and 4 tackle busts per game. Dufty has scored 5 tries in his last 4 outings, including a double in the Dragon's Round 5 upset over fancied rivals Parramatta Eels. The speedster has averaged 142 metres for the year and will look to continue his expansive running game against the blue and white.

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs travel to Kogarah to take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium this Sunday.

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