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Wests Tigers will be aiming to close out the 2021 season with an impressive performance against Canterbury-Bankstown on Sunday afternoon at Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe.

Having beaten the Bulldogs less than a month ago, Michael Maguire's men have an opportunity to claim four-straight wins over the blue and white for the first time in the club’s history.

Jock Madden was handed his first NRL start (second career match) last week against Penrith, and the young playmaker impressed against one of the elite teams in the competition. 

Madden will get another opportunity to show his talent when he wears the number six on his back against the Bulldogs on Sunday as he partners Luke Brooks in the halves.

Stefano Utoikamanu will be looking to close out his impressive season with one more solid performance after he shined in Round 24 with a try and 120 metres.

Although the Bulldogs sit last on the ladder with just two wins for the season, they showed plenty of courage against the in-form Sea Eagles last week — and they'll be out to end their 10-game losing streak this time around.

Key match-up

Stefano Utoikamanu v Jack Hetherington

The young Wests Tiger has come of age in 2021, averaging 10 hit-ups and 100 metres per game as well as busting 35 tackles and crossing for six tries. He has been a shining light in another disappointing for Michael Maguire and will look to round out the season with another strong display. Hetherington may sail close to the wind at times but he refuses to take a backward step regardless of a rival's reputation, as he showed against Manly on Sunday. It's the last hurrah for both these sides so expect the forwards to leave nothing in the tank.

Stat attack

Wests Tigers can never be accused of letting their teammates take one-out runs. They have the most support runs, decoy runs and offloads in the NRL through 24 rounds.

Madden: 'It was good to get out there'

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Wests Tigers: A late change with Zac Cini moving to fullback in place of Moses Mbye (concussion). Otherwise unchanged with Jock Madden named at five-eighth.

Bulldogs: Also plenty of late changes with Jake Averillo returning at halfback for Kyle Flanagan. Dylan Napa starts at prop, moving Jack Hetherington to the back row and Corey Waddell back to the bench.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 20 Zac Cini
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Corey Allan
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Michael Chee Kam
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Aaron Schoupp
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Jayden Okunbor
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Jock Madden
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Brandon Wakeham
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 21 Jake Averillo

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Ava Seumanufagai
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 20 Dylan Napa
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Shawn Blore
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 10 Jack Hetherington
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Joe Stimson
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Joe Ofahengaue
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Jake Simpkin
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Ofahiki Ogden
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tom Amone
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Chris Patolo
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 23 Kelma Tuilagi
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Jackson Topine

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 James Roberts
    Reserve for Bulldogs is number 22 Watson Heleta

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

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MATCH DETAILS

Date — Sunday, 5th September, 2021

Time — 4:05pm AEST

Venue — Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Channel 9, FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M

Live Stream — 9Now, Kayo Sports, Watch NRL (int.)

LATEST NEDS ODDS

Head-to-Head — Wests Tigers ($1.46), Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs ($2.75)

Line — Wests Tigers -6.5 ($1.90), Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs +6.5 ($1.90)

Odds correct as of 2:00pm, Tuesday, 31st August. 18+ only, Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Head-to-Head — Played 40, Wests Tigers 16, Canterbury-Bankstown 23, Draw 1

At Moreton Daily Stadium — Yet to play at the venue

Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 28 def. Canterbury-Bankstown 16 (Rd.21, 2021)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Chris Sutton

Touch Judges — Phil Henderson & Kasey Badger

Bunker Review Official — Chris Butler