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NSW Cup Grand Final Preview - Bulldogs v Wolves
Broadcast: LIVE TV coverage on Channel 9 and Radio coverage on 2GB and ABC
The Wolves have looked ominous in the last two weeks, producing one of the greatest comebacks in Rugby League history to defeat the Newtown Jets with only 12 men and then held off a fast finishing Balmain Ryde-Eastwood team last weekend at Leichhardt Oval.
The Bulldogs scraped past a resilient Western Suburbs Magpies outfit last weekend after enjoying the previous week off. The Dogs looked shaky for a short period when Wests took the lead but the class of Nathan Smith, Daniel Harrison and co took over and the Dogs eventually closed things out 32-24.
The positive for Justin Hollbrook's men is the majority of his side has remained unchanged throughout season 2010 whereas Windsor experienced a rather interrupted mid-season with injuries in the Panther's backline.
Daine Laurie looks set to return for the Wolves after a one-week suspension while for the Dogs, Daniel Harrison has been promoted to the starting lineup for Corey Payne who returns to the bench. The battle of the backlines shapes as a real treat, both teams have three brilliant finishers with Trent Cutler, Heka Nanai and Junior Tia-Kilifi for the Dogs up against Zoram Watene, David Simmons and Sandor Earl from Windsor. The above combinations have combined for a total of 47 and 46 tries respectively so we should see some fireworks come midday Sunday.
The forwards battle isn't far behind with Laurie set to add some extra spice into a clash of titanic proportions. Windsor workhorses Aaron Sweeney, Steve Meredith and Josh Bateman come up against the speed, flair and skill of Tim Browne, Manly bound Daniel Harrison, Yileen Gordon and Corey Payne.
A number of Dogs will be handed one final chance in 2010 to impress Canterbury hierarchy as the likes of Michael Lett, Jonathon Wright and Grant Millington are all bound for the club in 2011 and with competition for spots likely to be fierce, a premiership medallion will look quite good in the selection room.
For the Wolves, Maurice Blair bounced back to form with an impressive display last week and would love to make his mark on the NSW Cup one final time before he departs for the Melbourne Storm in 2011.
We are set for a fitting end to what has been an outstanding season in the NSW Cup and with two of the more offensive minded teams in the competition doing battle, ANZ Stadium is set to explode come midday Sunday.
|Canterbury Bulldogs Windsor Wolves|
|Round 5: Canterbury Bulldogs 30 Windsor Wolves 24|
The Crest Stadium
Round 19: Canterbury Bulldogs 46 Windsor Wolves 12
Windsor Sports Complex