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Bulldogs v Roosters: Round 17 Pregame Notes

Canterbury-Bankstown will be looking for redemption when the Bulldogs host the Sydney Roosters in Round 17 this Saturday evening at Bankwest Stadium.

Trent Barrett has been forced to make several changes with hooker Jeremy Marshall-King and forward Ava Seumanufagai out due to suspension.

The Pack will be facing a hungry Rooster's outfit who are also looking to get back on track after suffering a heavy loss to the Melbourne Storm last Thursday.

Injury Update: Round 17 v Roosters

Team News

Bulldogs: Sione Katoa replaces Marshall-King to take on the hooking duties. Aaron Schoupp returns at left centre in place of Kiko Manu, while Corey Waddell and Joe Stimson pair up in a new look second row combination. Ofahiki Ogden and Renouf Atoni are other notable inclusions who lock up the interchange bench for Barrett's men.

Roosters: Sydney will miss the services of James Tedesco and Angus Crichton with both are away on Origin duties. Joseph Manu will feature at fullback, with Billy Smith making a long awaited return from an ACL injury to start in the centres. Victor Radley is a big inclusion after making a return from suspension. Trent Robinson has opted to select Drew Hutchison ahead of Lachlan Lam to partner Sam Walker for the weekend's clash.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Corey Allan
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Billy Smith
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 21 Falakiko Manu
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt Ikuvalu
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 19 Lachlan Lewis
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Drew Hutchison
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake Averillo
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam Walker

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Jack Hetherington
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Luke Thompson
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Isaac Liu
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 17 Renouf Atoni
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 12 Joe Stimson
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Lachlan Lam
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Egan Butcher
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Dylan Napa
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Ofahiki Ogden
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Ben Thomas

Reserves

  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 20 Jackson Topine
    Reserve for Roosters is number 18 Adam Keighran

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell

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Key Match-Up

Kyle Flanagan v Sam Walker: Flanagan made his return to first grade last weekend against the Sea Eagles after spending time with feeder club side Mounties in NSW Cup. Shifting to a new role at five-eighth, the playmaker will look to repay the faith and put his best foot forward against the young halves combination of Walker and Hutchison.

Walker will face the Bulldog's for the first time in his debut season. The young rake has shown maturity and perseverance in his career-to-date, keeping his side in the top 8 despite the Roosters encountering numerous suspensions, injuries and unexpected retirements throughout the year. 

Stat Attack

Flanagan had a promising start against the Newcastle Knights in the Bulldog's 2021 season opener drawing up 3 try assists. The half will look to build on confidence to put together a strong showing on the paddock. The five-eighth has averaged 24 tackles across 9 games with a 92.8% tackle efficiency rate.

Walker has been in the thick of it since his NRL debut against the New Zealand Warriors in Round 4. The halfback has played conductor to his surrounding ensemble to orchestrate 13 line break assists, along with 12 try assists to his name. 

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs face the Sydney Roosters at Bankwest Stadium this Saturday evening kicking off at 7:35PM AEST.