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The Gus and Webby Show

Phil Gould and Andrew Webster comment on Jamie Soward's influence at the Panthers and whether certain rules changes are ruining the game.

PT7M20S 620 349

Canterbury v Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Thursday 7.45pm

Head to Head: Bulldogs 16 Tigers 10

Last clash: Round 18 2014 - Tigers 46 bt Bulldogs 18 at ANZ Stadium

Tab Sportsbet: Bulldogs $1.18 Tigers $5.50

FootyTAB: Tigers +15.5

Michael Chammas writes: The last time the two teams met the Tigers demolished the Bulldogs with their speed and agility. This time around in cold and wet conditions, it will be a battle of the forwards and Canterbury should be too strong.

Tip: Bulldogs by 14

AAP writes: A season that started with such promise for the Tigers has been cruelled by injuries to eight top-line players with coach Mick Potter admitting last Saturday after his side's 48-4 loss to the Sydney Roosters that he was struggling to field a side. The Bulldogs were fortunate to hold out Parramatta last Friday to end a run of four straight losses to get their season back on track and should prove too strong for a Tigers side that looks shot.

Key: Robbie Farah. The Tigers' skipper has had a difficult month or so but no player takes defeat as bad as the NSW vice-captain. He will be up for resuming his long-running rivalry with opposite number Michael Ennis and causing another boilover.

Tip: Bulldogs

BULLDOGS: Sam Perrett, Corey Thompson, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Mitch Brown, Moses Mbye, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (capt), James Graham, Josh Jackson, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Reni Maitua, Dale Finucane, David Klemmer, Pat O'Hanlon, Harlan Alaalatoa (one to be omitted).

TIGERS: Kurtis Rowe, Jy Hitchcox, Blake Austin, Chris Lawrence, Cory Paterson, Mitchell Moses, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (capt), Keith Galloway, Curtis Sironen, Bodene Thompson, Adam Blair. Interchange: Ava Seumanufagai, Martin Taupau, Sauaso Sue, Jack Buchanan.

Referees: Matt Cecchin, Adam Gee.