Wests Tigers will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss last Sunday against the Raiders when they take on the Canterbury Bulldogs this Friday night.

Leading 22-0 mid-way through the first half, Wests Tigers were unable to finish off their opponents on the day, who fought back to eventually take the match 30-22 and leave Jason Taylor’s side with back-to-back defeats heading into their Round 8 clash.

By the time Friday rolls around, it will have been just under a month since the two sides last met, with the Bulldogs clawing their way back from a 24-6 deficit late in the piece to send the match to Golden Point, where a Moses Mbye field goal sealed the win for Des Hasler’s side. That result — combined with the performance from last week — will no doubt still be fresh in the minds of Wests Tigers, and they’ll be desperate to ensure they bounce back with an 80-minute performance, heading into the international break next weekend.

Who will leave at ANZ Stadium on the night with the two competition points? Read on for a full match preview including key team news, details, facts, stats and much more!

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Match Details

Date — Friday, April 24, 2015

Time — 7:45pm local time (Gates open at 5:25pm)

Venue — ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

 

Match Officials

Referees — Jared Maxwell and Gavin Badger

Touch Judges — Russell Turner and Rick Macfarlane

Video Refs — Shayne Hayne and Luke Phillips

 

TV, Live Stream and Radio Information

TV — Live coverage via Channel 9 (check local guides)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand and FM 104.9 Triple M (check local guides)

Live Stream —NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

James Tedesco

1

Sam Perrett

Kevin Naiqama

2

Curtis Rona

Tim Simona

3

Josh Morris

Chris Lawrencre

4

Chase Stanley

Pat Richards

5

Corey Thompson

Mitchell Moses

6

Josh Reynolds

Luke Brooks

7

Trent Hodkinson

Aaron Woods

8

Aiden Tolman (capt.)

Robbie Farah (capt.)

9

Michael Lichaa

Ava Seumanufagai

10

Tim Browne

Curtis Sironen

11

Josh Jackson

Kyle Lovett

12

Tony Williams

Martin Taupau

13

Greg Eastwood

Dene Halatau

14

Sam Kasiano

Matthew Lodge

15

Lloyd Perrett

Jack Buchanan

16

Frank Pritchard

Sauaso Sue

17

Moses Mbye

Delouise Hoeter

18/19

Danny Fualalo

 

20

Antonio Kafusi

 

22

Herman Ese’ese

Jason Taylor

Coach

Des Hasler

With Keith Galloway sidelined due to a shoulder injury, Matt Lodge returns for his first game in the NRL since suffering an injury in Round 2. Ava Seumanufagai takes Galloway’s place in the front row while Delouise Hoeter has been added to an extended bench.

For the Bulldogs, Josh Morris returns in the centres, pushing Moses Mbye back to the bench, while Tim Browne and Sam Kasiano return to the starting side as well. Danny Fulalo, Antonio Kafusi and Herman Ese’ese have been added on an extended bench.

 

2015 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

R3 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 def. Wests Tigers 6

R4 — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 25 def. Wests Tigers 24

R5 — Wests Tigers 22 def. Parramatta Eels 6

R6 — New Zealand Warriors 32 def. Wests Tigers 22

R7 — Canberra Raiders 30 def. Wests Tigers 22

 

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

R3 — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 32 def. Parramatta Eels 12

R4 — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 25 def. Wests Tigers 24

R5 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 17

R6 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 31 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6

R7 — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16

 

Match History

·       Against the Bulldogs — Played 28, Lost 18, Won 10

·       At ANZ Stadium — Played 16, Lost 10, Won 6

 

Three Key Facts

•     Pat Richards has scored seven tries in seven games so far this year, and currently leads the NRL in tries (equal first, 7) and points (outright first, 61).

•     Curtis Rona leads the league in line-breaks this year with eight.

•     Wests Tigers have scored 22 points in all of their past three matches.

 

2015 Key Player Stats

 

Wests Tigers

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Most points

Pat Richards (61 points)

Trent Hodkinson (37 points)

Most hit-ups

Aaron Woods (114 hit-ups)

Aiden Tolman (125 hit-ups)

Most metres

Aaron Woods (1288 metres)

Aiden Tolman (1110 hit-ups)

Most tackles

Robbie Farah (301 tackles)

Michael Lichaa (290 tackles)