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Bulldogs v Broncos: Round 2 Pregame Notes

After a hard fought and thrilling Round One win against the Cowboys in Townsville, the Bulldogs return to Sydney for their first home fixture of the season when they host the Broncos at Accor Stadium on Sunday at 6:15PM (AEDT).

Round One was the start to 2022 that Trent Barrett and his troops needed, despite the conditions being in no way conducive to playing attacking and open rugby league. It was a grind in the true sense of the word and in the end, Canterbury did superbly, despite mounting injuries and worsening conditions.

The eventual 6-4 score line was reflective of the conditions and neither side would walk away disappointed with their effort levels or commitment in defence. However, the Broncos win against Souths will have given Kevin Walters’ men a huge boost, with a number of players set to return to the squad this week, including Adam Reynolds on debut.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Matt Dufty
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tesi Niu
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jayden Okunbor
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Braidon Burns
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Brent Naden
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Selwyn Cobbo
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Albert Kelly
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake Averillo
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Adam Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Keenan Palasia
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 15 Corey Waddell
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Jack Hetherington
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kurt Capewell
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jordan Riki
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 8 Luke Thompson
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Ryan James
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Kobe Hetherington
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Max King
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Teui Robati
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Ava Seumanufagai
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Billy Walters

Reserves

  • Replacement for Bulldogs is number 25 Aaron Schoupp
    Replacement for Broncos is number 18 Brenko Lee

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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For the Bulldogs, Trent Barrett has added Tevita Pangai Junior to the seventeen for the clash with Brisbane, with Chris Patolo the unlucky player to miss out.

With drier conditions likely this weekend, this could well be the first real look fans have at the new backline and how the Bulldogs have set up their attacking structures for 2022. There was little doubt around the enthusiasm shown by the inspirational Josh Addo-Carr on Sunday, nor the attacking threats presented by Matt Dufty, Brent Naden and Matt Burton, yet it will be the sum of all the parts that Bulldogs fans will be looking forward to.

Should the Canterbury forwards hold their own up the middle and lay a platform from which to score points, it will then be up to the quicker men to co-ordinate waves of attack in the shapes that Barrett has designed. Led by Josh Jackson, Paul Vaughan and Luke Thompson, the forwards continue to be the strength they have been in recent times, and the addition of Pangai Junior for this match adds to the quality on display.

The coach will be hoping to see the blue and whites show the same grit as they did in Townsville, to make it two from two.

Key Match-Up

Jake Averillo v Adam Reynolds: The young Bulldog tasted victory for just the seventh time in his 35-game career last Sunday and will have taken plenty of confidence out of the grinding win. With new recruit Matt Burton looking after the majority of the general play kicking, Averillo should relish the opportunity to take the line on more and play some off the cuff footy. Reynolds will be champing at the bit after missing round one due to COVID and his steadying hand and cool head will make the Broncos a more formidable opponent.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.