Date: Saturday July 12
Venue: AAMI Park
Storm: Billy Slater, Sisa Waqa, Will Chambers, Kurt Mann, Mahe Fonua, Ben Hampton, Ben Roberts, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith, Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman, Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Kenneath Bromwich, Tohu Harris, Junior Moors, Jordan McLean, Tim Glasby, Joel Romelo
Bulldogs: Mitch Brown, Corey Thompson, Josh Morris, Timoteo Lafai, Krisnan Inu, Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson, Sam Kasiano, Michael Ennis, James Graham, Josh Jackson, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Reni Maitua, Dale Finucane, Tim Browne, Lloyd Perrett, Damien Cook, Drury Low, Pat O’Hanlon
It’s all systems go in the race for the top eight as the attention turns to NRL football now that another State of Origin series is over.
The Canterbury Bulldogs and Melbourne Storm are both inside the top eight however, only four points is the difference between first and tenth so neither side can afford to lose.
The Bulldogs have really clicked this season and are a tough side to beat with only points difference denying them a spot at the top of the ladder. The Storm are well in the race for the top two but always struggle post origin due to the number of star players which have to back up from the bruising series.
One thing Storm lack is consistency of late and they head into this clash off the back of a bye with their last game ending in defeat to the Dragons. The Bulldogs enjoyed a brilliant pre-origin victory over Manly as they battled hard for a 23-16 victory over another top two rival.
The Doggies have already enjoyed a 40-12 victory over Melbourne this season and will be looking for the same come Saturday. The Bulldogs will welcome back Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds with open arms as they played without a half back in their victory last week as two of the ‘big three’ in Cameron Smith and Billy Slater return for the Storm.
This game promises to be one of the games of the round and it will be great to see how the eight origin stars back up in what will be a tough match up. Prediction: The Bulldogs showed great determination last week and that victory should help them over the line this week.
Bulldogs by 6