NRL match preview: Gold Coast Titans vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Date:Sunday, September 7 2014
Venue: CBus Super Stadium

Titans: 1 William Zillman 2 Kalifa Faifai Loa 3 James Roberts 4 Brad Takairangi 5 Anthony Don
6 Aidan Sezer 7 Daniel Mortimer 8 Luke Bailey 9 Beau Falloon 10 Matthew White 11 Mark Minichiello
12 Dave Taylor 13 Paul Carter Interchange: 14 Mark Ioane 15 Tom Kingston 16 Steve Michaels 17 David Mead 18 Maurice Blair

Buldogs: 1 Sam Perrett 2 Corey Thompson 3 Josh Morris 4 Tim Lafai 5 Mitch Brown 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Ennis (c) 10 James Graham 11 Josh Jackson 12 Tony Williams
13 Greg Eastwood Interchange: 14 Reni Maitua 15 David Klemmer 16 Pat O’Hanlon 19 Moses Mbye 20 Harlan Alaalatoa

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs travel to CBus Super Stadium on Sunday with their finals chances still up in the air. Their season hinges on their ability to beat a desperate Gold Coast Titans side that has looked disinterested in its’ last two matches.

Wins by the Warriors and Broncos prior to the game will mean the Bulldogs must win to stay in the 8 and they will be boosted by the return of Josh Reynolds which pushes Moses Mbye to the bench. The Titans will farewell Luke Bailey and Mark Minichiello and welcome back Dave Taylor, although they lose Greg Bird through suspension.

We could see a different Bulldogs side on Sunday depending on how other results go. If they need to win, they will be up for this clash and look to get into some form ahead of the finals. If they don’t need to win, they may be a little off the pace with a finals place already guaranteed.

The Titans will be looking to send off two foundation players with a win but will need to improve a leaky defence that has conceded 76 points in their last two matches. With the finals just around the corner, the Bulldogs will be looking for a solid 80 minute performance.

Bulldogs by 14.

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