Written by Callum Walker
Sunday, 23rd of August, 2:00 PM, NRL Round 15, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs versus New Zealand Warriors Match Preview
Though league position may deem otherwise, the Bulldogs have improved in recent weeks, losing narrowly to Wests Tigers after beating the Newcastle Knights two rounds before. Their opponents, New Zealand Warriors, are too enjoying a resurgence after the sacking of Stephen Kearney, winning two of their last three with a hard-fought loss against first-placed Penrith coming after back-to-back victories.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
|Chris Smith||Dylan Napa|
|Dallin Watene-Zelezniak||Marcelo Montoya|
1. Will Hopoate 2. Nick Meaney 3. Tim Lafai 4. Kerrod Holland 5. Reimis Smith 6. Kieran Foran 7. Jack Cogger 8. Ofahiki Ogden 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Aiden Tolman 11. Matt Doorey 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Josh Jackson
Reserves: 14. Sione Katoa 15. Luke Thompson 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Jake Averillo 19. Renouf To’omaga 20. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 21. Chris Smith 23. Lachlan Lewis
Coach: Steve Georgallis
The New Zealand Warriors
|Gerard Beale||Eliesa Katoa|
|Hayze Perham||Patrick Herbert|
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Adam Pompey 3. Hayze Perham 4. Peta Hiku 5. George Jennings 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Karl Lawton 10. Lachlan Burr 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga
Reserves: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jack Murchie 18. Paul Turner 20. Gerard Beale 21. Josh Curran 23. Tom Ale
Coach: Todd Payten
The Warriors got the better of Canterbury the last time these two sides met, with the former inflicting a heavy 40-6 defeat on the Bulldogs. Prior to that though, the two sides had been relatively even, with Canterbury winning four of the last seven.
Despite Canterbury’s improvement, the Warriors are likely to have too much in the locker.
New Zealand Warriors for the win.
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