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Pregame Notes: Round 12 v Dragons

The Bulldogs return to their spiritual home of Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday afternoon, with traditional rival St George-Illawarra as their Indigenous Round opponent.

New coach Mick Potter was something of an observer in his first week at the helm, yet would have now formed some strong views on exactly where the team can improve across the second half of the season. It was a sloppy second-half display against the Wests Tigers in Round 11, meaning a third successive loss that has the season at make or break.

Despite failing to secure the two points, there continued to be moments and patterns suggesting that wins are there if the team is able to improve on a few key areas that continue to frustrate.

Discipline was again an issue against the Tigers, as errors and penalties conceded, led directly to an 18-0 deficit, before Jeremy Marshall-King inspired the troops soon after half-time and the Bulldogs found themselves back in the game.

However, fatigue eventually set in, with ball control and infringements resulting in a moderate completion rate that saw Wests enjoy a far greater share of possession.

Potter will look to create an improved disciplinary standard in order to eliminate a recent run of sin bins and along with a focus on ball control, will be hoping to see an improved showing against the Dragons.

St George has have won four of its last six matches and is showing some decent form and effort. There are few opponents that are as certain to bring out their best as Canterbury, and with something of a throwback feel in the local ground setting, this fixture could be something special.

Team news sees the Bulldogs welcome back Josh Addo-Carr, with Jayden Okunbor returning to an extended bench, while Corey Waddell is healthy and reclaims his place in the back-row. It was pleasing to see the return of Raymond Faitala-Mariner against the Tigers and Potter has shown continued faith in him this week.

Jacob Kiraz and Zach Dockar-Clay, both hold their positions after strong displays last time out and Marshall-King continues to impress on a weekly basis, as he looks to run more.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Matt Dufty
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Cody Ramsey
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jacob Kiraz
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Mathew Feagai
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Moses Suli
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Jake Averillo
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Dragons is number 19 Tautau Moga
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Talatau Amone
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Luke Thompson
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 Francis Molo
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Moses Mbye
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Blake Lawrie
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Jack Bird
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Max King
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Jack De Belin

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Zach Dockar-Clay
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Andrew McCullough
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Chris Patolo
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Aaron Woods
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Michael Molo
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 21 Joe Stimson
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Tyrell Fuimaono

Reserves

  • Replacement for Bulldogs is number 19 Jackson Topine
    Replacement for Dragons is number 24 Jaiyden Hunt

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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It will be one for the purists at Belmore this Sunday, where a win would put smiles on the faces of Canterbury fans, with the setting only adding to the importance of the win.

Key match-up

Kyle Flanagan vs Ben Hunt

In a match both sides will feel they cannot afford to lose, the battle for control in the halves will be key. Ben Hunt has been excellent for the Dragons this season and will be almost certain to feature in the upcoming State of Origin series for the Maroons. His poise, guile and decision making has been excellent.

For the Bulldogs to have a chance to wrestle away dominance from the Dragons, Kyle Flanagan must position the team well to threaten the opposition line. Flanagan’s short kicking game will be vital in completing sets that deny the Dragons easy metres and good field position.

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.