Wests Tigers will be looking to make it three wins from three to start the season for the first time in club history when they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Campbelltown.
Off the back of a dominant 34-6 win over the New Zealand Warriors to put Michael Maguire's side top of the table after Round 2, Wests Tigers will face off against a Bulldogs side that has been somewhat slow out of the blocks to start 2019 — going down to the Warriors in Round 1 and then Parramatta last weekend.
Coach Dean Pay could look to bring about a number of changes to the side as he looks for a response from his players, with reports suggesting that as many as four new players could feature for the Canterbury side — including Rhyse Martin and Nick Meaney, who both featured in the Canterbury Cup competition in Round 2.
Pay had already sprung a late surprise last week when Jeremy Marshall-King was moved to hooker instead of Michael Lichaa, so it'll be worth keeping an eye on that possible change to the team list as well this week when it is named on Tuesday.
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For Wests Tigers, Round 2 also marked a successful return from injury for captain Moses Mbye, who slotted in to the side at fullback with Corey Thompson moving to the wing and Robert Jennings to the centres in place of Paul Momirovski.
Maguire may look to keep that backline again this week off the back of an impressive showing against a dangerous Warriors backline, but the Coach is now starting to have more options at his disposal with players returning from injury.
David Nofoaluma is closing in on his return from a dislocated shoulder and could possibly come in to contention this week, while Josh Reynolds also played his first full game since Round 5 last year with a Man of the Match performance in Canterbury Cup for the Western Suburbs Magpies prior to Sunday's NRL victory.
Maguire's bench rotation of Russell Packer, Thomas Mikaele, Josh Aloiai and Michael Chee Kam have not put a single foot wrong in the opening two games and have laid a tremendous platform for the side to run away from their opponent on both occasions so it'll be interesting to see if any change is desired on that front.
Jacob Liddle (ankle) and Chris Lawrence (jaw/face) both remain unavailable for Wests Tigers this week, while Fa'amanu Brown (leg) and Renouf To'omaga (hamstring) are unlikely to come in to contention for the Bulldogs.
Both sides will name their 21-man squad for Sunday's game at 4:00pm AEDT on Thursday with two players dropping out of the squad 24 hours before kickoff.
Final 17-man team lists will be confirmed one hour before kickoff (3:00pm, Sunday).
Match: Wests Tigers v Bulldogs
Round 3 -
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
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