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Bulldogs v Sharks: Round 19 Pregame Notes

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will host their Round 19 NRL Premiership home fixture against the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks this Sunday afternoon at Cbus Super Stadium, kicking off at 4:05PM AEST.

The Bulldogs showed a lot of fight last weekend against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, despite falling short to Wayne Bennett's men in a bruising encounter.

Meanwhile, the Sharks are clinging onto 8th spot on the ladder. Cronulla will be hungry to solidify their position in the top 8 with an improved performance this Sunday against the Bulldogs, after a defeat to the Canberra Raiders 34-18 in Round 18.

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Team News

Bulldogs: Ava Seumanufagai will start against his former club. Jeremy Marshall-King returns to the starting hooker role which pushes Sione Katoa to the extended bench. Other changes see Luke Thompson named at lock and Josh Jackson being named in the second row. 

Sharks: Toby Rudolph will move to prop after Aiden Tolman accepted a one-match ban. Jack Williams will join the backrow at lock, while Briton Nikora has been promoted to second row. The late change also sees Andrew Fifita make a welcome return to the Shark's bench.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Corey Allan
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
    Centre for Sharks is number 3 Connor Tracey
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Jayden Okunbor
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Lachlan Lewis
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Braydon Trindall
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake Averillo
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Shaun Johnson

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Ava Seumanufagai
    Prop for Sharks is number 8 Toby Rudolf
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Jack Hetherington
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Siosifa Talakai
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Josh Jackson
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 16 Briton Nikora
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Luke Thompson
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack Williams

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Mawene Hiroti
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Dylan Napa
    Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Royce Hunt
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Joe Stimson
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Renouf Atoni
    Interchange for Sharks is number 20 Andrew Fifita

Reserves

  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 21 Falakiko Manu
    Reserve for Sharks is number 18 Billy Magoulias

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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Key Match-Up

Ava Seumanufagai v Toby Rudolph: Seumanufagai has been a shining light for the blue and white in 2021. A late recruit before the start of the season, the bulldozing front rower has performed consistently during his time on the paddock. The journeyman's leadership qualities have been a positive for the club and have seen him earn a 2-year contract extension announced earlier this month.

Rudolph will start at prop instead of his usual lock position. The Shark's forward has appeared in every fixture for Cronulla this season. He has been a constant threat for opposition sides and has the capacity to play a full 80 minutes.

Stat Attack

Despite averaging 32 minutes per game, Seumanufagai has been productive with his time on the field, generating an average of 8 hit-ups per 90 running metres. The front-rower has also netted a try in his 10 appearances this season.

Rudolph has been a workhorse for the Woolooware based side. The 25-year old has made 29 tackle breaks from 17 games this year, whilst also producing 10 offloads throughout the season

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs host the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium this Sunday afternoon kicking off at 6:15PM AEST. Tickets available via Ticketek.