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ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, Sunday 3pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 8 2013 - Canterbury 40 bt Tigers 4 at ANZ Stadium
Head-to-head: Tigers 9 Canterbury 16
Referees: Ben Cummins, Chris James
TV: Delay, Channel 9 at 4pm
Ladbrokes: Wests Tigers $3.25, Canterbury Bulldogs $1.36
Betfair: Wests Tigers $3.30, Canterbury Bulldogs $1.36
AAP writes: After a couple of bad losses the Tigers need a win here to get their season back on track and stay in touch with the top eight. After good early season wins over Manly and Souths this could be another season defining victory. They were poor in their last-start loss to the Sea Eagles and things haven’t become easier with winger David Nofoaluma (knee-season) adding to their injury woes. Keith Lulia moves to the wing with Tim Simona coming into the centres on his return from a mouth injury. The Dogs just keep grinding away wins to stay atop the NRL ladder and will look to their forward pack to bulldoze the Tigers. Josh Morris is back for the Dogs.
Key: Robbie Farah. The Tigers were directionless in his Origin absence and he failed to lift them last week. Needs to respond to his understandably biting criticism of referee Shayne Hayne with a big on-field effort.
TIGERS: Mitchell Moses, Keith Lulia, Tim Simona, Chris Lawrence, Pat Richards, Blake Austin, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (capt), Keith Galloway, Curtis Sironen, Bodene Thompson, Adam Blair. Interchange: Ava Seumanufagai, Martin Taupau, Dene Halatau, James Gavet, Sauaso Sue (one to be omitted).
BULLDOGS: Mitch Brown, Corey Thompson, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Krisnan Inu, Josh Jackson, Trent Hodkinson, Sam Kasiano, Michael Ennis (capt), James Graham, Dale Finucane, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Reni Maitua, Pat O’Hanlon, Tim Browne, Lloyd Perrett, Drury Low, Damien Cook (two to be omitted).
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