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Pregame Notes: Round 5 v Panthers

After a disappointing loss to the Melbourne Storm in Round 4, the Bulldogs return to Sydney to face defending champions Penrith Panthers at CommBank Stadium on Sunday evening (6:15PM AEST).

After a disappointing loss to the Melbourne Storm in Round 4, the Bulldogs return to Sydney to face defending champions Penrith Panthers at CommBank Stadium on Sunday evening (6-15pm).

In what is a tough draw for a team still trying to forge combinations and find its best form under coach Trent Barrett, this will be a big test, as the undefeated mountain men look to add a fifth consecutive victory to their 2022 resume.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Matt Dufty
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Brent Naden
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Charlie Staines
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Braidon Burns
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Izack Tago
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Jake Averillo
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Taylan May
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Luke Thompson
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Brandon Wakeham
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Mitch Kenny
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Max King
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Scott Sorensen
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Joe Stimson
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Spencer Leniu
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Ava Seumanufagai
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Jaeman Salmon

Reserves

  • Replacement for Bulldogs is number 15 Chris Patolo
    Replacement for Panthers is number 21 Lindsay Smith

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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Kyle Flanagan receives his first call up for the season with a view towards adding some structure to the backline and allowing Matt Burton to have more freedom to play his natural game, while Jake Averillo will continue in the centres. Meanwhile, Burton and winger Brent Naden will play for the first time against their old club.

Bailey Biondi-Odo has been named 18th man, with Barrett once again able to name a mostly unchanged line-up.

Ivan Cleary does the same at Penrith, with Viliame Kikau looking like a certain starter at this stage of the week after suffering no long terms effects from the head knock he suffered last week against the Rabbitohs.

Thus far, the Panthers have knocked off Manly, Newcastle, St George-Illawarra and South Sydney in what has been an impressive start to their title defence, while the Bulldogs will look to re-create the defensive effort they showed in the first three rounds. Off the back of that, increased point production can occur; something the combination of Burton and Flanagan will be hoping to achieve.

The players will be under no illusions as to the difficulty of the task ahead, yet this is a chance for the team to show the grit and determination to bounce back, that is a hallmark of all the best teams.

In order for the Panthers to be overcome in Round 5, the Dogs must start well and match them in the middle.

Key Match-Up

Matt Burton v Jarome Luai: Burton is one of a few ex-Panthers in this Dogs line up, with Brent Naden also up against his old club and Tevita Pangai jnr facing off against the club he moonlighted for late last year. But Burton was the one the Panthers really would've loved to have kept and who was the subject of a tug-of-war between the two clubs for a while last year before nailing down a first grade spot in the centres. Back in his preferred position of five-eighth, he faces off against the player who kept him out of the Penrith No.6 jersey last year in a duel that will have a big say on how this match plays out. 

 

 

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.