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Bulldogs v Storm: Round 4 Pregame Notes

The Bulldogs travel to Melbourne to take on the Storm at 4.05PM AEST this Sunday afternoon, after a valiant effort against the Sea Eagles last weekend.

The northern beaches weather made life difficult for all players on the field, yet after a quick start and an early lead for the visitors, some astute game management by the Sea Eagles, saw the Dogs placed under pressure and eventually fall just short.

The Storm will provide a similar challenge this week, with defensive discipline and professionalism in all areas certain to demand the full attention of the blue and whites.

Against Manly, the Dogs were again able to compete well through the centre of the field, despite falling behind in possession and territory.

Much of the same will give the Storm a decided advantage on their home deck, meaning a quick start will once again be critical for the visitors.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Matt Dufty
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Xavier Coates
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Braidon Burns
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Brent Naden
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 20 Jake Averillo
  • Winger for Storm is number 19 Nick Meaney
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Brandon Wakeham

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Luke Thompson
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Josh King
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Alec MacDonald
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Chris Patolo
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Trent Loiero
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Max King
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Tepai Moeroa
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 21 Joe Stimson

Reserves

  • Replacement for Storm is number 23 Tyran Wishart
    Replacement for Bulldogs is number 19 Reece Hoffman

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Nick Morel
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Round 4, will see Brandon Wakeham given another opportunity to help steer the Bulldogs team around the park, and he will look to build on the partnership he formed for the first time with Matt Burton against the Sea Eagles. Burton’s kicking game was again immense at 4 Pines Park, and will be a test for the back three of every team the Bulldogs face this season.

Jack Hetherington looks likely to miss the rest of the season after a shoulder dislocation against the Sea Eagles and subsequent surgery, meaning Luke Thompson and standout performer, Paul Vaughan, will start up front against a strong Melbourne forward pack, with Corey Waddell slotting into the second row.

Much pre-game talk will surround the return of Josh Addo-Carr and Max King to Melbourne, with both players looking for big performances against their former team. The Bulldogs will also look to build on a strong defensive effort this season that has seen them concede just 33 points across the opening three rounds,

Melbourne enter this match after their first loss of the season against the Eels, whilst the Bulldogs will be looking to take their defensive effort against Manly into this clash.

Key Match-Up

Nelson Asofa-Solomona v Tevita Pangai Junior: Two aggressive props who sometimes find themselves on the wrong side of the 'controlled aggression' equation will meet in the middle on Sunday and frankly, who knows what's going to happen.

The Storm big man is arguably lucky to be playing this while Pangai has also tested the referees' patience as early as the trial matches. Both are powerful runners and offloaders when channeling that aggression so we could just as easily get fireworks of the good or bad kind. 

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.