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Both the Bulldogs and Dragons are desperate for a win as the pressure mounts following three straight losses.

St George Illawarra were held scoreless against the Warriors at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday in round three, while Canterbury copped a bulldozing by the Sea Eagles at the same venue a day later.

The Dragons have had the wood on the Bulldogs in recent times, racking up big scores against them twice last season.

The Rundown

Team News

Bulldogs: In positional changes announced an hour before kick-off, Raymond Faitala-Mariner moves from the bench to start at lock, Adan Elliott from lock to second row and Dean Britt from the second-row to the bench. Ofahiki Ogden and Brandon Wakeham were the last two players dropped from the squad. On Sunday the club announced that winger Christian Crichton is out of the team, with Jake Averillo (No.14) to start on the wing.  Kieran Foran returns in the halves in place of Jack Cogger. Crichton and Sione Katoa were the two players left out 24 hours before the match.

Dragons: The Dragons will start 1-17 after Tyrell Fuimaono and Jacob Host were omitted an hour before kick-off. Adam Clune copped a broken nose at training on Tuesday but it won't prevent him from making his NRL debut at halfback. His inclusion means Corey Norman shifts to fullback. Josh Kerr has been promoted to the starting pack for Korbin Sims, while Trent Merrin and Issac Luke join the interchange with Tyrell Fuimaono dropping out. Matt Dufty and Jackson Ford were dropped from the reserves bench 24 hours before the match. Ben Hunt and Mikaele Ravalawa scored three tries in two games against the Bulldogs in 2019.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Corey Norman
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Meaney
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Reimis Smith
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Brayden Wiliame
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Will Hopoate
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 14 Jake Averillo
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Ben Hunt
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Lachlan Lewis
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Adam Clune

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 Josh Kerr
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 13 Adam Elliott
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 16 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 James Graham

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 12 Dean Britt
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Trent Merrin
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Renouf To'omaga
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Blake Lawrie
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Issac Luke
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 20 Kerrod Holland
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Euan Aitken

Key Match-Up

They play different positions, but the influence that rival captains Cameron McInnes and Josh Jackson have on their teams is comparable. Both men possess insatiable workloads and very rarely play a bad game. Whichever team wins, you can bet their skipper will have a large role in the performance.