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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Bulldogs target fourth straight win

Andrew Hendrie 21 Apr 2017
  • Canterbury Bulldogs meet Wests Tigers on Sunday
  • Bulldogs aiming for fourth straight win
Bulldogs face Tigers on Sunday

Canterbury Bulldogs target a fourth consecutive victory on Sunday when they take on the Wests Tigers in NRL Round 8 action at ANZ Stadium.

Bulldogs and Tigers kick off at 4.00pm AEST at ANZ Stadium. Live streaming is available via bet365 (geo restrictions apply to Aus/NZ residents).





Prediction


Preview and Tips


Chasing a fourth win on the bounce and looking to cement their spot in the top eight, the Bulldogs look to continue their recent dominance over the Tigers and claim another two points on Sunday at ANZ Stadium.

There’s plenty to look forward to in this ANZAC weekend clash. These two sides play completely opposite styles of rugby league - the Bulldogs’ game is built on defence, while the Tigers have the ability to pile on points with their unpredictable attack.

Add in the ongoing player movements surrounding both sides - Aaron Woods has reportedly already signed with the Bulldogs for 2018, while Ivan Cleary was also in Canterbury’s sights before Des Hasler re-signed for two more seasons and Cleary ended up at the Tigers in their troublesome head coaching role.

With all that in mind, it’s shaping as an entertaining afternoon of NRL on Sunday.

Canterbury come into this encounter full of confidence after three straight wins over the Broncos, Knights and Rabbitohs, with their 36-0 shellacking at the hands of Manly now resting in the distant past.

Still, the Bulldogs aren’t anywhere near their best, with Hasler continuing to experiment with his halves and hooker. Expect Matt Frawley to come onto the bench and play the final 50-60 minutes of the game, with Moses Mbye shifting to hooker and Michael Lichaa finishing the game on the bench - like the Souths game last week.

Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how the Tigers respond after blowing a game-long lead against the Eels last week and losing James Tedesco and Woods over the last few days.

It’s a tough game to call. If the Tigers can run out to an early lead, the Bulldogs might not have enough points in them to chase them down. On the other hand, if the game remains close, Canterbury will be in the box seat and will have more class to shut the match down. I’ll play it safe and say the Bulldogs by 10.

Stats


  • Bulldogs have won eight of the last 10 games between the sides
  • Canterbury won 16 of their last 20 games at ANZ Stadium
  • Cleary has just five wins from 18 games against Hasler-coached opposition

Team Lists


David Klemmer returns to the forward pack for Canterbury, pushing Adam Elliott back to the bench. Matt Frawley has again been named in reserves, but he’s almost certain to again grab a spot on the bench.

Jamal Idris is out for the Tigers with a hamstring injury, with Michael Chee Kam moving to centre, Kevin Naiqama shifting to the wing and Moses Suli coming into the other centre slot.

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Michael Chee-Kam 4. Moses Suli 5. Kevin Naiqama 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Jack Littlejohn 8. Aaron Woods 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagai 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor 14. Tim Grant 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Joel Edwards 17. Jacob Liddle 18. Jj Felise 19. Kyle Lovett 20. Justin Hunt 21. Luke Brooks

Bulldogs: 1. Brett Morris 2. Kerrod Holland 3. Josh Morris 4. Brenko Lee 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham 11. Josh Jackson 12. Greg Eastwood 13. David Klemmer 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Adam Elliot 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Francis Tualau 20. Matt Frawley 21. Renouf To’omaga 23. Reimis Smith


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