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Bulldogs v Eels: Round 15 Pregame Notes

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs venture into this weekend's Round 15 clash against the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday afternoon looking for their first back-to-back wins since Round 23, 2019 when they last beat the blue & gold army in their own backyard.

The Eels come off the back of a comfortable 40-12 win against the Wests Tigers, looking to solidify their dominance over the Bulldogs despite missing numerous personnel this weekend.

The Pack hopes the confidence from last week's 28-6 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons will aid the side's chances when they face the Eels in Parramatta.

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TEAM NEWS

Bulldogs: The Pack have stuck with the same line-up which took to the field last weekend against the Dragons at Stadium Australia in Round 14.

Eels: Maika Sivo will be a big loss for Parramatta with the winger missing in action due to suspension. Brad Arthur has named Sean Russell to make his NRL debut in Sivo's place at home to the Bulldogs. The other only change sees Keegan Hipgrave brought onto the bench in place of forward Bryce Cartwright.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Sean Russell
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Cotric
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Tom Opacic
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Haze Dunster
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Tuipulotu Katoa
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Brandon Wakeham
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake Averillo

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Jack Hetherington
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Joey Lussick
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Luke Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Isaiah Papali'i
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Adam Elliott
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Matt Doorey
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Marata Niukore
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Sione Katoa
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Shaun Lane
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Dylan Napa
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Keegan Hipgrave
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Ava Seumanufagai
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Nathaniel Roache
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Corey Waddell

Reserves

  • Reserve for Eels is number 20 Bryce Cartwright
    Reserve for Bulldogs is number 20 Joe Stimson

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Cecchin
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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KEY MATCH-UP

Jake Averillo v Mitchell Moses: Young half Jake Averillo will try to set the tone early when he faces the Eels. The Bulldog's local junior will look to put in another stellar performance this weekend after putting in a man-of-the-match showing against the Dragons. The halfback could be a handful for the blue and gold army if they give him too much space and time.

Moses will be feasting on the challenge when he faces Averillo in front of a vocal home crowd. The Parramatta general was in form against the Wests Tigers last weekend when he produced a perfect night with the boot, scored a long-range try and set up another in a convincing performance.

Stat Attack

Averillo has been building nicely after been given the reigns to the halfback role from Round 10 onwards. The youngster has seen more ball in hand, running in an average of 55 metres per fixture, tallying 16 tackle breaks, whilst averaging 18 tackles for the 2021 NRL season.

Eels halfback Mitch Moses has had a quiet few weeks, but kicked back into gear against the Tigers last Sunday. The maestro has orchestrated 11 try assists to date, averaging 67 running metres per game and booting a whopping 323 kicking matches per game.

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs play away to arch-rivals Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday afternoon kicking off at 2:00PM AEST. Don't miss out on this weekend's Round 15 fixture with tickets on sale here.