Wests Tigers v Bulldogs: Schick preview

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Wests Tigers v Bulldogs: Schick preview

Unread post by willow » Thu 12 May, 2016 2:04 pm

Wests Tigers v Bulldogs: Schick preview
Thu 12 May, 2016, 12:00pm
By Martin Gabor‌, National Correspondent , NRL.com

Schick Hydro Preview: Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs
ANZ Stadium
Sunday 4pm

The absences of star fullbacks James Tedesco and Will Hopoate could have a big impact on what shapes as a highly intriguing NRL Telstra Premiership battle between two of western Sydney's biggest clubs.

Wests Tigers will be without their star No.1 after he fractured a shoulder blade in Round 9, while this weekend's game will mark the first of three consecutive matches Hopoate misses on religious grounds.

The Bulldogs have traded wins for losses in the past seven weeks to present tipsters with absolutely no form line to go off when trying to pick this one, while the Tigers ended a six-game slide with a crucial win over South Sydney in their last start.

The Tigers have named a virtually unrecognisable squad to the one that beat the Rabbitohs. Skipper Aaron Woods returns a week earlier than expected and will be joined by Mitch Moses, Tim Grant and Justin Hunt in the starting side, while Dene Halatau, Kyle Lovett and Ava Seumanufagai all return on the bench. New recruit Elijah Taylor has been named 18th man.

Sam Perrett returns at fullback in place of Hopoate with Tyrone Phillips retaining his spot on the wing. Lloyd Perrett and Craig Garvey have been added to an extended bench for the Bulldogs.

Watch out Wests Tigers: No forward in the game makes more metres than Bulldogs skipper James Graham. The Englishman has 1,543 metres – only bettered by Dragons fullback Josh Dugan – and leads the league with 155 hit ups. Graham ran for 188 metres when the sides met in Round 4 last year but didn't play when the blue and whites were beaten four weeks later. The Bulldogs prop has won five of his six games against the Tigers and will relish his duel with Aaron Woods.

Watch out Bulldogs: 'Consistency' has been the buzz word in Belmore for most of 2016. After starting the year with back-to-back wins, the Bulldogs have gone LWLWLWL. They were expected to win their last start against Parramatta but were outplayed in all key areas. The good news is the last time they lost to the Eels on a Friday night, they bounced back the following week with an afternoon win at ANZ Stadium. Will history repeat on Sunday?

Key match-up: Justin Hunt v Sam Perrett. The battle of the replacement fullbacks could very well dictate how this one plays out. Injury and religion forced regular custodians Tedesco and Hopoate out, with the pair leading their respective sides in most of the key statistics.

Sunday's game will be Hunt's first for the Tigers and his first with the No.1 on his back since Round 18 last year. He has played five games at fullback throughout his career, but has lost the past four. The switch to fullback won't be as foreign to Perrett who has had to don the No.1 jersey 66 times in his NRL career. Injuries to Brett Morris in 2015 saw him play nine games at the back where he scored two tries. He has played fullback four times against the Tigers, splitting the results with two wins and a couple of defeats.

The history: Played 29; Wests Tigers 11, Bulldogs 18. The Bulldogs have won seven of the past 10 meetings but the ledger was split one apiece in 2015. The Tigers blew a 24-6 lead with 20 minutes to go to eventually fall in golden point to a Moses Mbye field goal, but responded a month later with a clinical 38-14 win inspired by doubles to Luke Brooks and James Tedesco.

What are the odds: Sportsbet punters can't decide between the Tigers and the Bulldogs with head-to-head betting almost dollar for dollar. Both teams have had strong support for little wins and hardly anyone is brave enough to touch the 13+ category for either side. Shaping as a tough one to pick. Latest odds at Sportsbet

Match officials: Referee: Grant Atkins. Assistant referee: Alan Shortall. Sideline officials: Brett Suttor, Kasey Badger. Review officials: Jarred Maxwell and Bryan Norrie.

Televised: Channel 9 – Live coverage from 3:30pm. Fox Sports 1 – Live coverage from 4pm.

The way we see it: It might be 6th v 14th this weekend, but there is very little to suggest the Bulldogs should be favourites. They will head into this clash with a stronger side on paper, but rugby league is a sport played on grass. James Tedesco will be a huge loss, but the Tigers appear to still have plenty of points in them. We're tipping the Tigers to get up by eight on the back of Luke Brooks's left boot.


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Unread post by happy tiger » Thu 12 May, 2016 2:34 pm

No Tedesco and we are favourites ......

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Unread post by pHyR3 » Thu 12 May, 2016 2:40 pm

happy tiger wrote:No Tedesco and we are favourites ......
we're at $3.30
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Unread post by Juro » Thu 12 May, 2016 2:41 pm

Almost all the 'experts' in the papers are going with the dogs.
I've been a member since 2012. We last played finals football in 2011. Just saying...

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Unread post by stevetiger » Thu 12 May, 2016 2:55 pm

They have to be favourites. We can win nearly every game we play but we are completely inconsistent and missing our best player.


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Unread post by willow » Thu 12 May, 2016 4:18 pm

It's a tall test for us as Teddy offers so much to our attacking structure. This is one game where Brooks and Moses will really have to stamp their authority if our forwards can win the ruck. Controlling Klemmers impact off the bench is important too.

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Unread post by GNR4LIFE » Thu 12 May, 2016 5:58 pm

Why can't we beat these imposters? Most overrated side in the entire comp are the Dogs. Have been beaten by the Raiders, Warriors and Parra minus Foran, and got taken to golden point by the Titans. We're in this game up to our eyeballs.

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Unread post by Newtown » Thu 12 May, 2016 6:21 pm

It is sorry state of affairs when a team has to rely on just one player as to whether it wins or loses a game. what are the rest of the team doing?

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Unread post by GoldXR50Leroy » Thu 12 May, 2016 7:57 pm

GNR4LIFE wrote:Why can't we beat these imposters? Most overrated side in the entire comp are the Dogs. Have been beaten by the Raiders, Warriors and Parra minus Foran, and got taken to golden point by the Titans. We're in this game up to our eyeballs.
Perrett mightn't be too keen as it's a Sunday game and if it Get's to Golden Please please win, we have to have the worst record of any side in extra time.

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Unread post by jirskyr » Thu 12 May, 2016 11:22 pm

pHyR3 wrote:
happy tiger wrote:No Tedesco and we are favourites ......
we're at $3.30
That's great value for what is essentially a 50/50 game.

Bookies rarely have much faith in Tigers.

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Unread post by tig_prmz » Fri 13 May, 2016 12:07 am

happy tiger wrote:No Tedesco and we are favourites ......
there's even money for us at $3.30. i can see a lot of people jumping on that

we are at short odds tbh, this game is actually a 60/40 in bulldogs favour imo.
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Unread post by larrycorowa » Fri 13 May, 2016 9:22 am

if we control the ball and play for field position, we win. We have more points in Us.

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Unread post by Geo. » Sat 14 May, 2016 2:40 pm

Des says Wests Tigers are under the Radar,,,
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Geo nailed it...

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Unread post by goldcoast tiger » Sat 14 May, 2016 5:53 pm

klemmer and Co. Will be giving Broses nightmares for the next few weeks

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Unread post by GNR4LIFE » Sat 14 May, 2016 6:15 pm

I think we're specials with the 8.5

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Unread post by happy tiger » Sat 14 May, 2016 7:57 pm

Geo. wrote:Des says Wests Tigers are under the Radar,,,
Des says lots of things to motivate his side

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