Magpies out to respond after bye

Western Suburbs Magpies will be looking to establish some consistency this weekend as they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Panthers Stadium on Saturday morning.

Following from the competition-wide bye in Round 9, this week is shaping up as a big return with a NSWRL reserve grade Magic Round style weekend.

Three games of football will take place at Panthers Stadium in Penrith on Saturday followed by three games at Henson Park in Marrickville on Sunday.

Both Western Suburbs and the Bulldogs head in to the game with four wins from their last eight matches and having both experienced defeat prior to the bye. Both on the edge of the top eight, a win for Wests could see them move as high as third on the ladder with Coach Brett Hodgson set to field an extremely strong squad.

Russell Packer and David Nofoaluma have both been named for the clash, along with Dylan Smith, Tyson Gamble, Sam McIntyre and Robbie Rochow. 2019 Development Players Kane Bradley and Alex Seyfarth are also included in the squad, while Watson Heleta makes his return from injury in the centres.

After being excluded from the final 17 on Thursday night, NRL squad members Paul Momirovski, Elijah Taylor, Luke Garner and Oliver Clark could all be included in the side to take on the Bulldogs, while Jacob Liddle may also come in to the final side today after sitting out the loss to Melbourne as an unused interchange.

Bulldogs Head Coach Brad Henderson has confirmed Christian Crichton, Morgan Harper and Renouf To'omaga have all been named following their appearance in the NSW Residents team last weekend, while Kerrod Holland has been named in the centres. Alex Seve replaces the injured Brandon Wakeham (back).

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Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Connelly Leumelu
    Fullback for Magpies is number 1 Dylan Smith
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Tuipulotu Katoa
    Winger for Magpies is number 23 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Magpies is number 3 Paul Momirovski
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Kerrod Holland
    Centre for Magpies is number 4 Kane McQuiggin
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Christian Crichton
    Winger for Magpies is number 5 Kane Bradley
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Jesse Marschke
    Five-Eighth for Magpies is number 6 Tyson Gamble
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Alex Seve
    Halfback for Magpies is number 7 Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Jack Nelson
    Prop for Magpies is number 15 Oliver Clark
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 22 Michael Lichaa
    Hooker for Magpies is number 19 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Renouf Toomaga
    Prop for Magpies is number 10 Russell Packer
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Bronson Garlick
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Sam McIntyre
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 19 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 16 Luke Garner
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Kayne Kalache
    Lock for Magpies is number 13 Elijah Taylor

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 12 Tony Matautia
    Interchange for Magpies is number 9 Braden Robson
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 James Roumanos
    Interchange for Magpies is number 12 Robbie Rochow
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Austin Dias
    Interchange for Magpies is number 18 Alex Seyfarth
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Elie El-Zakhem
    Interchange for Magpies is number 8 Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu