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NRL match preview: Wests Tigers vs Bulldogs

Date: Sunday 20th July

Venue: ANZ Stadium

Kick-off: 3pm

Tigers: 1. Mitchell Moses 2. Keith Lulia 3. Tim Simona 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Pat Richards 6. Blake Austin 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah 10. Keith Galloway 11. Curtis Sironen 12. Bodene Thompson 13. Adam Blair Interchange: 14. Ava Seumanufagai 15. Martin Taupau 16. Dene Halatau 17. James Gavet 18. Sauaso Sue

Bulldogs: 1. Mitch Brown 2. Corey Thompson 3. Josh Morris 4. Tim Lafai 5. Krisnan Inu 6. Josh Jackson 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Sam Kasiano 9. Michael Ennis 10. James Graham 11. Dale Finucane 12. Tony Williams 13. Greg Eastwood Interchange: Reni Maitua 15. Pat O’Hanlon 16. Tim Browne 17. Lloyd Perrett 19. Drury Low 20. Damien Cook

 

The Wests Tigers host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

In a game that could be considered a home game for both sides, the Bulldogs head into the game the team more in form.

The Tigers have been forced into changes with an injury to David Nofoaluma sees him out for the season. Keith Lulia shifts to the wing and Tim Simona returns after losing his front teeth against the Raiders. Bodene Thompson also returns from suspension into the second row, sending Dene Halatau to the bench. Sauaso Sue becomes 18th man.

For the Bulldogs, Josh Morris returns after a lengthy lay-off, meaning Druy Low moves onto an extended bench. Tim Browne moves back to the bench meaning Dale Finucane starts in the back row.

The Tigers are desperate for the win with increasing pressure being put on head coach Mick Potter. The talk of his future was not even considered when they were winning, showing how fickle the game of rugby league can be.

The Bulldogs are in the right place at the right time of the year and have managed to win games even when having forwards in the halves. Tony Williams may have found his calling as a ball-player but Josh Reynolds returns in the coming weeks.

In what could be a fair size crowd because of free entry for all Tigers members and Sunday football and Tigers going like bread and butter, this game could be a classic. The desperation from the home side will be enough to get the two points and push towards regaining their spot in the top eight.

Tigers by 7.

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Jake is a University of Wollongong student and one half of the 4 Pointers.

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