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Wests Tigers will be looking to make it three wins from three to start 2019 this Sunday afternoon when they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

After a dominant Round 2 performance that saw Wests Tigers move to the top of the Telstra Premiership ladder for the first time in club history, the side will be looking to build off this momentum under Head Coach Michael Maguire this weekend.

The visitors come in to this week's game with a different form line; beltings at the hands of the Warriors and Eels see the Bulldogs on the bottom of the ladder and producing their worst start to a season since 1971. Not since the launch of the NRL competition following the Super League split have the Bulldogs ever lost their first three games to start a season, with their 1996 side the last team to record that stat.

Historically, there is some history to suggest that Wests Tigers enjoy taking on the Bulldogs with the two biggest wins in club history coming against the Canterbury side. However, having said that, the statistics also show that the Bulldogs are undefeated against Wests Tigers at Campbelltown with five straight wins.

In terms of team news, there's no changes to a winning side for Coach Michael Maguire following Moses Mbye's successful return from injury last week. David Nofoaluma (shoulder) remains sidelined, so Corey Thompson, Robert Jennings, Esan Marsters and Mahe Fonua all retain their spots in the backline.

NRL.com preview Bulldogs clash

Bulldogs Coach Dean Pay has rung in a host of changes with fullback Nick Meaney, forward Corey Harawira-Naera and winger Jayden Okunbor have all promoted to the run-on side. Will Hopoate has moved to the centres, while Rhyse Martin, Chris Smith and Ofahiki Ogden are the new faces on the bench for the visitors.

Winger Christian Chrichton has been dropped, while Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Marcelo Montoya and Sauaso Sue have been demoted to the reserves.

Wests Tigers fans and Members are in for another triple-header of rugby league action at the suburban ground on Sunday with the club's Jersey Flegg (12:00pm), Canterbury Cup (1:55pm) and NRL (4:00pm) sides all taking on the Bulldogs.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Sunday, March 31, 2019

Time — 4:05pm AEST

Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502) and Channel Nine

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 2GB 873, FM Triple M 104.9, NRL Nation

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, 9Now, NRL Digital Pass, Watch NRL (int.)

 

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Wests Tigers — No changes expected to last week's team that beat the Warriors.

Bulldogs — Nick Meaney, Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor all start, while Rhyse Martin, Chris Smith and Ofahiki Ogden all join the bench. Don't be surprised to see Martin move to the run-on side with Josh Jackson going to lock.

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

LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Wests Tigers ($1.42), Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs ($2.80)

Line — Wests Tigers -7.5 ($1.90), Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs + 7.5 ($1.90)

Odds correct on Friday, March 27 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly

Getting ready to take on the Bulldogs!


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall — Played 34, Bulldogs 21, Wests Tigers 13

At Campbelltown Sports Stadium — Played 5, Bulldogs 5, Wests Tigers 0

Last Time They Met — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 def. Wests Tigers 4

 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Match Referees — Grant Atkins and Gavin Badger

Touch Judges — Rickey McFarlane and Tim Roby

Review Officials — Steve Chiddy and Bryan Norrie