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Bulldogs v Wests Tigers: Round 21 Pregame Notes

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs meet the Wests Tigers for the first time in 2021, kicking off on Sunday, 1:50PM AEST in their Round 21 fixture at Cbus Super Stadium.

The Bulldogs will be looking to redeem themselves after coming off a disappointing Round 20 loss against the Gold Coast Titans last Monday. Trent Barrett has made several changes to this week's line-up, hoping to stimulate his side's performance.

The Wests Tigers on the other hand, will be hungry this week after going down to the New Zealand Warriors last Friday in a match that they were expected to win.

Ultimate Security Match Preview: Round 21 v Wests Tigers

Team News

Bulldogs:

Exciting youngster Bailey Biondi-Odo, gets his first NRL start at five-eighth, pairing with Jake Averillo in the halves. Falakiko Manu will make his second NRL appearance on the wing. Ava Seumanufagai will make his return from the bench after coach Trent Barrett to start Dylan Napa. Sione Katoa has been named on the bench with Watson Heleta to feature as the club's reserve.

Wests Tigers:

James Tamou returns after missing last week's loss to the Warriors with a minor foot injury. Moses Mbye steps in at fullback for Daine Laurie who has been ruled out for the season after suffering a fracturing is last week's clash. Veteran utility Micheal Chee Kam has been promoted from the bench to take Mbye's place in the centres.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Corey Allan
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Michael Chee Kam
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Tommy Talau
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Falakiko Manu
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Bailey Biondi-Odo
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake Averillo
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Jack Hetherington
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 15 Dylan Napa
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 James Tamou
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Shawn Blore
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Adam Elliott
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Thomas Mikaele

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 8 Ava Seumanufagai
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Alex Twal
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Sione Katoa
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Zac Cini
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Chris Patolo
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Matt Doorey
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Kelma Tuilagi

Reserves

  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 25 Watson Heleta
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Tukimihia Simpkins

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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Key Match-Up

Bailey Biondi-Odo v Adam Doueihi:

Biondi-Odo has been a shining light for the Bulldog's since his Round 16 debut against the Manly Sea Eagles. His strong performances from the bench haveseen the Innisfail product rewarded with a 2-year extension at Belmore, and named to start for the first time in his young NRL career.

Adam Doueihi has been a consistent and reliable player under Maguire's watch. After being switched to the centres earlier in the year, the Lebanese International was recalled into his favoured five-eighth position to provide direction and stability in the Wests Tigers spine.

Stat Attack

Despite averaging 27 minutes per match, Biondi-Odo has managed to stamp himself on the game in his limited outings. With 3 forced drop outs to his name and an average of 31 running metres per match, Biondi-Odo has given the Bulldog's faithful something to look forward to when his runs out for his first start this Sunday.

Featuring in 17 games this season, Doueihi has been one of his side's biggest contributors to the scoreboard. He has scored 150 points this year with 9 tries and 57 goals. Doueihi, will need to continue averaging 102 running metres to keep the Wests Tigers on the front foot against the Bulldogs.

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs host the Wests Tigers at Cbus Super Stadium this Sunday afternoon kicking off at 1:50PM AEST.