2023 NRL Preview Round 22: Bulldogs Vs Dolphins

Matt Attard previews the inaugural clash between Canterbury-Bankstown and The Dolphins.



Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Vs The Dolphins
Venue: Salter Oval, Bundaberg
Date: Sunday July 30, 2:00pm


Bulldogs: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Blake Wilson 3. Jacob Kiraz 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Toby Sexton 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Tevita Pangai Junior 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Jacob Preston 13. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 14. Kyle Flanagan 15. Kurtis Morrin 16. Corey Waddell 17. Samuel Hughes 19. Jayden Okunbor 20. Harrison Edwards 21. Ryan Sutton 22. Jeral Skelton 23. Liam Knight

Dolphins: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Euan Aitken 4. Valynce Te Whare 5. Tesi Niu 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Connelly Lemuelu 13. Kenny Bromwich 14. Herman Ese’ese 15. Josh Kerr 16. Anthony Milford 17. Jarrod Wallace 18. Isaiya Katoa 19. Harrison Graham 20. Poasa Faamausili 21. Max Plath 22. Jack Bostock

Referee: Peter Gough

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Bundaberg hosts this inaugural clash between the Bulldogs and the Dolphins.

Cameron Ciraldo will welcome no less than seven players back from injury and illness, none more important than Viliame Kikau.

The star recruit has played only a handful of games this season thanks to concussion and a torn pectoral.

Wayne Bennett will also get a few key players back, including Jeremy Marshall-King.

The forward battle will be an interesting one, with the experience of the Dolphins up against the likes of Kikau, the returning Jacob Preston, and new recruit Liam Knight.

Perhaps the key to a Bulldogs victory here will be halfback Toby Sexton, who was instrumental in the club’s win over Souths two weeks ago before succumbing to an 11-day concussion stand down in the next game.

His ability to direct traffic and free up Matt Burton also saw the team pile on 24 points against a red-hot Broncos outfit at Belmore.

If the Bulldogs pack – in particular Kikau and Tevita Pangai Junior – can match it with the Dolphins’ big men then they’re in with a real chance to nab the two points here.


Bulldogs 0, Dolphins 0


Bulldogs by eight points.

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