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NRL Round 5 Preview - Bulldogs v Warriors
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v New Zealand Warriors
ANZ Stadium, Saturday 10 April 2010, kickoff 7:30pm
This game is the complete opposite in style to the other 7.30pm game on Saturday night between the Tigers and the Cowboys. If you are watching Canterbury v New Zealand on Pay TV, make it the 9.30 option because we might be in for a less than impressive game of football. The Bulldogs are famous for an uncompromising forward pack, which they don't have this year; and a committed defensive structure, which seems to need a little more work.
With injuries striking down both sides, we will lean towards the home team with a lot to prove. The Bulldogs performance last week has led to coach Kevin Moore speaking with each player individually. Perhaps they also need a 'players only meeting'. It is round 5 now and the NRL hasn't had one of these yet this season. We must be due. Kimmorley and Ennis the difference as the Dogs scrape home. Josh Morris v Brent Tate a highlight.
Man of the Match Prediction: Ben Hannant
Tip: Bulldogs 30-24
Bulldogs: 1. Luke Patten 2. Steve Turner 3. Josh Morris 4. Jamal Idris 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Ben Roberts 7. Brett Kimmorley 8. Ben Hannant 9. Michael Ennis 10. Chris Armit 11. Yileen Gordon 12. Andrew Ryan 13. David Stagg
Interchange: 14. Tim Browne 15. Gary Warburton 16. Jarrad Hickey 17. Ben Barba; Reserves: 18. Danny Williams
Warriors: 1. Lance Hohaia 2. Kevin Locke 3. Brent Tate (C) 4. Jerome Ropati 5. Bill Tupou 6. Joel Moon 7. James Maloney 8. Sam Rapira 9. Aaron Heremaia 10. Jesse Royal 11. Lewis Brown 12. Ben Matulino 13. Jacob Lillyman
Interchange: 14. Wade McKinnon 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Russell Packer 17. Ukuma Ta'ai
Referees: Jason Robinson & Tony De Las Heras; Sideline Officials: Steve Chiddy & Henry Perenara; Video Referee: Bill Harrigan