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.
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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.
Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick MeaneyFullback for Roosters is number 1 Joseph Manu
Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Corey AllanWinger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will HopoateCentre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron SchouppCentre for Roosters is number 4 Billy Smith
Winger for Bulldogs is number 21 Falakiko ManuWinger for Roosters is number 5 Matt Ikuvalu
Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 19 Lachlan LewisFive-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Drew Hutchison
Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake AverilloHalfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam Walker
Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Jack HetheringtonProp for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione KatoaHooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Luke ThompsonProp for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Isaac Liu
2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 17 Renouf Atoni2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh JacksonLock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
Interchange for Bulldogs is number 12 Joe StimsonInterchange for Roosters is number 14 Lachlan Lam
Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-OdoInterchange for Roosters is number 15 Egan Butcher
Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Dylan NapaInterchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Ofahiki OgdenInterchange for Roosters is number 17 Ben Thomas
Reserve for Bulldogs is number 20 Jackson TopineReserve for Roosters is number 18 Adam Keighran
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
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.
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.