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Bulldogs v Rabbitohs: Round 18 Pregame Notes

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will close out Round 18 of the 2021 NRL Premiership when they face the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Cbus Super Stadium at 6:15PM AEST this Sunday evening.

Both sides will quickly adapt to the current situation after all NSW based teams were relocated to South East Queensland midweek, as a result of the Covid epidemic in the Greater Sydney region.  

The Bulldog's showed strong signs of improvement in last weekend's encounter with the Sydney Roosters. Trent Barrett and his calvary will be looking to trouble the Rabbitohs once again with Canterbury-Bankstown chalking up two wins from their past four meetings.

Coach Wayne Bennett will have the Rabbitohs focused on continuing their six game winning streak deep into September. The South's halves combination of Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker will play vital roles if their Origin stars are unavailable to backup from Wednesday's rugby league centrepiece.

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Team News

Bulldogs: Matt Doorey will start at lock, with Josh Jackson linking up with Corey Waddell in the second row. Joe Stimson has been named on the bench in place of Ofahiki Ogden who drops to the extended bench. Ava Seumanufagai completes the interchange after serving a one match suspension. Jayden Okunbor also returns to the extended bench for the first time since recovering from a ruptured ACL injury, suffered in Round 20 last year.


Wayne Bennett has named all four of his Origin stars - Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Murray, Damien Cook and Dane Gagai - to back up against the bottom side after strutting their stuff on Wednesday night at Cbus Super Stadium. He said on Saturday they would back up, but veteran Benji Marshall - who is stranded in Sydney - has been replaced on the bench by outside back Braidon Burns. Jaxson Paulo and Josh Mansour were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 20 Blake Taaffe
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Corey Allan
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Taane Milne
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 23 Jayden Okunbor
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Lachlan Lewis
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake Averillo


  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Mark Nicholls
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Jack Hetherington
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Luke Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 21 Matt Doorey
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 12 Josh Jackson


  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Liam Knight
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick Mago
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Dylan Napa
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Jacob Host
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Ava Seumanufagai
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 18 Braidon Burns
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 20 Ofahiki Ogden


  • Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 21 Peter Mamouzelos
    Reserve for Bulldogs is number 5 Falakiko Manu

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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Key Match-Up

Lachlan Lewis v Cody Walker: Lewis had a standout game for the Belmore based side in the clash with the Roosters last weekend. The five-eighth has been unlucky this season with injuries limiting his game time in the middle. His strong 80 minute performance showed Lewis has a strong will and competitive nature to mix it with the best.

Many observers would count Walker unlucky to miss out on a chance to start for the NSW Blues against the Queensland Maroons in Game 3 of the 2021 State of Origin series. The five-eighth would not need the extra motivation after he was involved in several fiery moments with the Bulldog's Pack in Round 4 earlier in the year.

Stat Attack

Lewis has scored two tries in his three 2021 Season appearances, despite being ruled out to concussion in the opening moments of his Round 4 appearance against the Rabbitohs. Known for his defence and long kicking game, Lewis has averaged 150 kicking metres and produced a 90% tackle efficiency. 

Walker has been in the thick of it for the Rabbitohs. Amassing 10 tries and 21 try assists for the season so far, the Indigenous All Star representative will continue to provide quality service for his star studded backline.

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs face the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium this Sunday evening kicking off at 6:15PM AEST.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.