The Bulldogs have been handed a tough challenge in round three – to fight for their first victory of the season, along with attempting to knock one of the most experienced teams in the competition from their pedestal.

The youth in the Bulldogs outfit continues to show in 2019 after suffering two beltings by the Warriors and the Eels in the openings rounds of the competition.

On the other hand, the Tigers gained plenty of confidence from two impressive victories over the Sea Eagles and Warriors, which was led by experienced duo Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall.

Canterbury showed promising signs in the first 20 minutes of their round two 36-16 loss to the Eels, scoring the opening two tries, but if they wish to give the Tigers a run for their money an 80-minute performance will be required.

Match: Wests Tigers v Bulldogs

Round 3 -

Full Time
Wests Tigers

Home Team

Wests Tigers

Scored 8 points
Bulldogs

Away Team

Bulldogs

Scored 22 points

Venue: Campbelltown Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS

The Rundown

Team news

Wests Tigers: The Tigers are 1-17. No injury worries for coach Michael Maguire, who retained the same team that took care of the Warriors last Sunday. 

Bulldogs: Rhyse Martin will start for the Bulldogs with Adam Elliott moving back to the bench. Martin's inclusion is among sweeping changes for the Bulldogs, as coach Dean Pay looks for a winning formula. Fullback Nick Meaney, backrower Corey Harawira Naera and winger Jayden Okunbor have all been promoted to start. Will Hopoate has moved to the centres, while Chris Smith and Ofahiki Ogden are the new faces on the bench. Winger Christian Chrichton was dropped, while Marcelo Montoya and Sauaso Sue have been demoted to the reserves. Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Jack Cogger were omitted on Saturday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jayden Okunbor
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Kerrod Holland
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Will Hopoate
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Reimis Smith
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Lachlan Lewis

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Corey Harawira-Naera
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 16 Rhyse Martin

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Russell Packer
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 13 Adam Elliott
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Michael Lichaa
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh Aloiai
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Ofahiki Ogden
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Chris Smith

Key match-up

Dylan Napa v Russell Packer. The Wests Tigers pack have laid a solid platform for their playmakers Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah to create try-scoring opportunities in the opening round two rounds of the competition. If Canterbury hope to obtain any competition points on Sunday then their big boys, led by Dylan Napa alonside Aiden Tolman and Josh Jackson must step it up another level to ensure the side don’t get bulldozed off the park by opposing spearhead Russell Packer and his fellow big boppers Ben Matulino and Alex Twal.

For the Tigers to win

The Wests Tigers need to simply keep doing what they’re doing. Patience has been the key to their success over the first two rounds – building as the game goes on and grinding the opposition down to create opportunities for themselves.

For the Bulldogs to win

If the Bulldogs have any hope of getting one up on the Wests Tigers they will need to continue to build as the game progresses – an 80-minute performance will be crucial. Their attack improve last week against the Eels with Lachlan Lewis and Kieran Foran creating try-scoring opportunities but their defence certainly needs some work.   

Brett Kimmorley says ...

Wests Tigers have a really strong forward pack. We know Michael Maguire is a tough coach and they’ve had a good pre-season. They also got some attacking skill now. They key for them is Luke Brooks. Robbie Farah has also been playing out of his skin. The Dogs showed last week through pride after being the worst team in round one that they can play hard for 40 minutes. But then the floodgates opened. Once they were under a bit of pressure they made some poor mental choices. They seem to be lacking a leader when the game is on the line. Wests Tigers by 14

Wests Tigers Stat Attack

It's easy as 1, 2, 3 for Robbie Farah. In leading his team to victory over the Dogs, the veteran hooker made one line break, created two more and ended up with three try assists.

Bulldogs Stat Attack

It’s just two rounds into the competition and the Bulldogs have already conceded 76 points. They proved last week against the Eels that they have no issue scoring tries, getting over the line three times, but more attention needs to be put on their defence and how they can work as a unit to hold teams out.

And another thing …

If the Bulldogs suffer their third loss in a row it will be their worst start they’ve had to the season since 1996, when they didn’t claim their first victory of the season until round four.