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Bulldogs v Titans: Round 20 Pregame Notes

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will face off against the Gold Coast Titans this Monday, 6:00PM AEST in their rescheduled home Round 20 fixture at Suncorp Stadium.

The Bulldogs have been unfortunate not to come away with a victory in the last month. Trent Barrett's men have put in competitive performances, and at times dominated their opposition, over sustained periods throughout several matches.

Justin Holbrook and the Titans will pencil in this weekend's clash as a defining moment in their charge towards the 2021 NRL Premiership Finals. Gold Coast have not featured in the finals since 2016, with many fans expecting their side to go deep into September based on the number of high profile recruits the club signed in the off-season.

Ultimate Security Match Preview: Round 20 v Titans

Team News

Bulldogs: Dylan Napa will replace Luke Thompson in the front row after the Englishman was charge at judiciary last week. Kyle Flanagan has been recalled to replace Lachlan Lewis, whilst Adam Elliott makes a welcome return to the line-up after recovering from a fractured cheekbone.

Titans: Jamal Fogarty is a chance of being a late inclusion after the halfback was named on the extended bench. Other changes see Esan Marsters replace Patrick Herbert in the centres and forward David Fifita brought back into the starting side.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Corey Allan
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Meaney
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Jayden Okunbor
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Jake Averillo
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Toby Sexton

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Jack Hetherington
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 15 Dylan Napa
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Adam Elliott
    2nd Row for Titans is number 16 Beau Fermor
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
    Interchange for Titans is number 12 David Fifita
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Matt Doorey
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tyrone Peachey
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 21 Chris Patolo
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Renouf Atoni
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jaimin Jolliffe

Reserves

  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 22 Falakiko Manu
    Reserve for Titans is number 20 Sam McIntyre

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Cecchin
  • Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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Key Match-Up

Corey Waddell v Kevin Proctor: Waddell has been a constant feature on the Bulldog's left edge in 2021. Recruited to Belmore in the off-season, the second rower has built a formidable defensive foundation within the forward pack, often featuring at a high level in the tackle count on game day.

Proctor has rejuvenated his playing career in the last 18 months under Holbrook. With no contract lined up towards the end of 2020, the Titans offered a contract extension to the New Zealand International, which he has repaid with consistent performances in 2021.  

Stat Attack

Bulldog's forward Waddell has averaged 79 running metres in his 16 appearances this season. Averaging 33 tackles per match with a tackle efficiency of 93%, expect Waddell to feature heavily this weekend against the Titans. 

Proctor has repaid the faith this season with 6 tries and 4 linebreaks to his name. The Titans captain is expected to lead from the front in the defensive line, with an average of 31 tackles for the year.

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs host the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium this Monday evening kicking off at 6:00PM AEST.