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Bulldogs v Knights: Round 23 Pregame Notes

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs take on the Newcastle Knights, on Saturday, 5:30PM AEST, in their Round 23 clash at Cbus Super Stadium.

The Bulldogs will aim to finish the season strong with three rounds remaining in the 2021 NRL Season. Prop forward Luke Thompson will make a welcome return to bolster his side's chances after serving out his suspension.

Newcastle will be without Tyson Frizell, after the forward accepted a one-match ban. David Klemmer will replace Daniel Saifiti in the starting line-up, after the Fijian international succumbed to a knee injury he picked up in the Knight's 16-14 win over the Cronulla Sharks last Sunday.

Injury Update: Round 23 v Knights

Team News

Bulldogs: Luke Thompson returns to partner Ryan James in the front row, while Corey Allan takes his place on the wing after being ruled out due to illness in the warm up against the New Zealand Warriors last weekend. Other changes see Kyle Flanagan start at halfback, Jackson Topine named at hooker and Corey Waddell returning from a calf injury to line up in the second row.

Knights: Newcastle will be without Tyson Frizell, after the forward accepted a one-match ban. David Klemmer will replace Daniel Saifiti in the starting line-up, after the Fijian international succumbed to a knee injury he picked up in the Knight's 16-14 win over the Cronulla Sharks last Sunday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Corey Allan
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Enari Tuala
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Kurt Mann
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Jayden Okunbor
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 21 Lachlan Lewis
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Jake Clifford
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Luke Thompson
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jackson Topine
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Ryan James
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Jacob Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Adam Elliott
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Brodie Jones
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Connor Watson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Sauaso Sue
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Ava Seumanufagai
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Josh King
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Corey Horsburgh
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Jirah Momoisea
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Joe Stimson
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Chris Randall

Reserves

  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 22 Matt Doorey
    Reserve for Knights is number 21 Simi Sasagi

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Key Match-Up

Nick Meaney v Kalyn Ponga: Meaney will need to go through concussion protocols after suffering a knock in last week's encounter against the Warriors. The fullback has been a consistent performer in the Bulldogs backline and will have a huge task ahead in containing Ponga.

Ponga has battled injury throughout 2021, though he has come into his own in the past month. An important piece of the Knight's line-up, the Novocastrian faithful will expect their fullback to carry the side's hopes deep into September.

Stat Attack

Meaney has scored 7 tries and broken the line 6 times in 19 appearances this season. The fullback has also increased his yardage from dummy half, averaging 120 running metres per game.

Despite making only 11 appearances for the year due to injury, Ponga has been productive in his limited matches. Contributing 7 tries and 10 try assists, the dynamic flyer has caused headaches for opposing sides with 58 tackle breaks and 6 line breaks.

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs host their final home fixture of the year when they face the Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium this Saturday evening, kicking off at 5:30PM AEST. Tickets are available to our Round 23 fixture here.