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Bulldogs v Wests Tigers: Round 25 Pregame Notes

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs clash with the Wests Tigers, on Sunday, 4:05PM AEST, in their final 2021 NRL regular season fixture at Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe.

The Bulldogs have plenty to play for with the match marking the last time a number of players will pull on the blue and white jersey. Most notably, 2019 Player of the Year, Will Hopoate, will run out for his final appearance after six great seasons of service to the Canterbury-Bankstown club.

Injury Update: Round 25 v Wests Tigers

Michael McGuire will push for his troops to finish the year on a positive note after being knocked out of contention for a Finals spot two weeks ago. The Concord based club will be fighting to finish as high as possible at full-time.

Team News

Bulldogs: Corey Waddell returns from suspension to take up a spot in the second row alongside Joe Stimson. Jake Averillo and Dylan Napa have both been named on an extended bench.

Wests Tigers: Kelma Tuilagi has replaced Alex Seyfarth on the interchange bench for this week's match. Seyfarth re-aggravated a previous knee injury in their loss to the Panthers last Sunday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 20 Zac Cini
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Corey Allan
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Michael Chee Kam
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Jayden Okunbor
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Jock Madden
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Brandon Wakeham
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 21 Jake Averillo

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Ava Seumanufagai
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 20 Dylan Napa
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Shawn Blore
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 10 Jack Hetherington
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Joe Stimson
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Joe Ofahengaue
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Jake Simpkin
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Ofahiki Ogden
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tom Amone
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Chris Patolo
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 23 Kelma Tuilagi
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Jackson Topine

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 James Roberts
    Reserve for Bulldogs is number 22 Watson Heleta

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

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Key Match-Up

Aaron Schoupp v Tommy Talau: Debuting in Round 11 against the Gold Coast Titans, Aaron Schoupp has risen through the Bulldog's ranks to cement his spot in the centres for the latter part of the season. The 20-year old has shown plenty of promise, continually carrying the ball with strength and making important metres when his team most needs them.

Growing up in the Canterbury-Bankstown development system, Tommy Talau has gone on to be a mainstay of the Wests Tigers line-up. Debuting in 2019, the talented centre has provided plenty of firepower down the club's right edge, reminiscent of his father, former Bulldog Willie Talau.

Stat Attack

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs face the Wests Tigers at Moreton Daily Stadium this Sunday afternoon, kicking off at 4:05PM AEST. Tickets are available to our Round 25 fixture here.