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Pregame Notes: Round 11 v Wests Tigers

After a challenging week, the Bulldogs return to the field against the Wests Tigers on Friday evening at 6pm.

Whilst much guess work and innuendo has featured in media reports across what has been an extremely difficult time for the club as a whole, the players remained galvanised and committed to the task at hand, as they enter the first match of interim coach Mick Potter’s tenure.

The 80 game Premiership player returns to the Bulldogs as a hardened and proven mentor, with international experience in both the United Kingdom and France, to go along with his previous stint in the NRL.

Potter’s immediate job will be to lift the team to an improved level of performance. Two consecutive losses followed the hope of the Round 8 win against the Roosters, where many felt the corner had finally been turned, requiring a big effort this Friday.

The interim coach will be targeting the poor 64 per cent completion rate produced during Magic Round and will also be concerned with the 41 missed or ineffective tackles. He will be keen to see the team return to a more efficient off-loading game after it managed just the one against the Knights.

The Tigers enter the match off the back of three straight losses, including one against the Cowboys at Suncorp last time out. Separated only by for and against at the foot of the ladder, both teams will see this match as a significant opportunity to instil some energy back into their seasons and provide their fans with some much needed joy after what have been poor starts to 2022 for both.

Team news sees Jake Averillo make a return to the centres following the departure of Brent Naden.

The first port of call for Potter will be to amend some of the statistical areas where the team needs improvement, with completions and errors being vital. Luke Thompson and Paul Vaughan will seek to lead the way up front after showing impressive form across the last month, while Matt Burton and Kyle Flanagan will enjoy the dry conditions predicted in Sydney.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Starford To'a
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Matt Dufty
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Junior Tupou
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jayden Okunbor
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Tyrone Peachey
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Aaron Schoupp
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 21 Brent Naden
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Jake Averillo
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 19 Jacob Kiraz
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Jock Madden
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Jackson Hastings
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Luke Thompson
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane Musgrove
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 15 Joe Stimson
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 16 Max King

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Kelma Tuilagi
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Alex Twal
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Chris Patolo
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Fa'amanu Brown
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 20 Zach Dockar-Clay
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Raymond Faitala-Mariner

Reserves

  • Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 18 Alex Seyfarth
    Replacement for Bulldogs is number 27 Billy Tsikrikas

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton

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The Tigers will bring everything they have to this one and Canterbury will need a better performance to meet the challenge. It looms as a typically tough and uncompromising clash between two proud clubs determined to elevate themselves away from the bottom of the NRL ladder,

Key match-up

Kyle Flanagan vs Jackson Hastings

Without Luke Brooks in the Tigers’ squad for this match, Jackson Hastings will take on significant responsibility and the Bulldogs’ forwards will look to limit his time and space. That presents an opportunity for Kyle Flanagan’s short passing game to come into effect.

 

 

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.