Date: 29th March 2014
Kick-off: 4:30pm (Perth time)
1 Sam Perrett 2 Corey Thompson 3 Josh Morris 4 Tim Lafai 5 Chase Stanley 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Aidan Tolman 9 Michael Ennis (c) 10 James Graham 11 Frank Pritchard (c) 12 Tony Williams 13 Dale Finucane Interchange 14 Josh Jackson 15 Pat O’Hanlon 16 Tim Browne 17 David Klemmer 19 Moses Mbye 20 Drury Low
1 Billy Slater 2 Sisa Waqa 3 Will Chambers 4 Mahe Fonua 5 Young Tonumaipea 6 Ben Hampton 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Bryan Norrie 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Ryan Hoffman 13 Ryan Hinchcliffe Interchange 14 Kenny Bromwich 15 Tohu Harris 16 Jordan McLean 17 George Rose
Rugby League returns to Perth for the sixth consecutive year as Canterbury Bulldogs take on the unbeaten Melbourne Storm.
Melbourne maintained their winning record on Monday night with victory over Newcastle Knights. In a match dominated by the serious injury to Alex McKinnon, the Storm almost let slip a fourteen point lead before Cameron Smith scored the winner fourteen minutes from time. Jordan McLean was earlier in the week ruled out of this game by the National Rugby League over his part in the McKinnon tackle, but has been cleared to play in an unchanged seventeen.
Canterbury travel to Perth after losing on the final siren against Penrith last Saturday. After a slow start, the Bulldogs showed good signs of dominating their opponents for most of the second half before discipline let them down in the last minutes of the game. Drury Low is replaced by Chase Stanley for this game and Mose Mbye is added to an extended bench. Sam Kasiano spends another week in NSW Cup and will be joined by Krisnan Inu, Greg Eastwood and Reni Maitua.
This game is for the taking. Melbourne has the ‘spine’ in Cronk, Slater and Smith and Canterbury have a solid pack with Tolman, Graham, young Klemmer and Tony Williams who’s under pressure from fans to retain his spot in the side. Both teams will be keen to dominate the ruck which should result in a tight scoreline.