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Taupau & Ennis In For Storming of Adelaide
Michael Ennis returns while 2010 Junior Kiwis captain Marty Taupau is in line to play his first NRL match this season - and just the second of his career - when the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs take on the Melbourne Storm at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
21 year old Taupau made his NRL debut against the New Zealand Warriors in April last year and a string of strong performances in the NSW Cup during 2011 has seen him called up onto the Bulldogs interchange bench.
Taupau's performances this season have also earned him a berth in the NSW Residents side to play Queensland Residents at Suncorp Stadium before tomorrow's third State of Origin game.
Ennis will also be a welcome addition to the side that was beaten by the Penrith Panthers last Saturday night, with the changes resulting in Ben Roberts and Michael Hodgson dropping out of the 17 all together.
The match, which kicks off at 7pm local time (7.30pm AEST), will be the second time the Bulldogs and Storm have clashed at South Australia's iconic sporting home, the Adelaide Oval.
The Bulldogs won the 2010 encounter between the two sides 20-18, in front of a crowd of 10,350.
Tickets for the match are on sale now through Ticketek outlets or by clicking here.
All seating at Saturday's match has been classified as General Admission, with tickets priced at just $20 an adult, $10 for children, concession and pensioners, and $50 for a family of four (two adults, two children).
Roberts and Hodgson have been included in the Bulldogs NSW Cup side to play the Central Coast Centurions at The Crest Stadium on Saturday at 3pm.
Also in coach Justin Holbrook's team are Taupau's NSW Residents team mates Michael Lett, Josh Reynolds, Grant Millington, Gary Warburton and Chris Armit, as well as NRL regular Mickey Paea, who has been named to partner Hodgson in the front row.
Meanwhile the Bulldogs-Storm Toyota Cup match will be played at The Crest prior to the NSW Cup encounter, with kick off at 1.15pm.
Teams for the weekend are as follows:
NRL: 1. BEN BARBA 2. STEVE TURNER 3. JOSH MORRIS 4. JAMAL IDRIS 5. JONATHAN WRIGHT 6. KRIS KEATING 7. TRENT HODKINSON 8. AIDEN TOLMAN 9. MICHAEL ENNIS 10. SAM KASIANO 11. FRANK PRITCHARD 12. ANDREW RYAN [C] 13. DAVID STAGG INTERCHANGE: 14. GREG EASTWOOD 15. MARTIN TAUPAU 16. COREY PAYNE 17. DENE HALATAU HEAD COACH: KEVIN MOORE
TOYOTA CUP: 1. DANIEL ABOU-SLEIMAN 2. SAM AHOFONO 3. JOSH PORTLOCK 4. EDWARD MURPHY 5. CHRIS CENTRONE 6. TJ TAOTUA 7. JAKE FITZPATRICK 8. JAKE FINN 9. LIONEL O'MALLY 10. DALE FINUCANE [C] 11. TUPOU SOPOAGA 12. JOSH JACKSON 13. PAUL CARTER INTERCHANGE: 14. GERARD McCALLUM 15. LACHLAN BURR 16. JOSH GILL 17. MITCHELL MCMAHON 19. JUDAH LAVULO COACH: ANDREW PATMORE
NSW CUP: 1. TRENT CUTLER 2. MICHAEL LETT 3. DANIEL RAUICAVA 4. NATHAN SMITH 5. BRYSON GOODWIN 6. BEN ROBERTS 7. JOEL ROMELO 8. MICHAEL HODGSON 9. JOSH REYNOLDS 10. MICKEY PAEA 11. GRANT MILLINGTON 12. GARY WARBURTON 13. CHRIS ARMIT INTERCHANGE: 14. BRAD MORRIN 15. HARLAN ALAALATOA 16. TIM BROWNE 17. JAKE FOSTER 19. JUNIOR TIA KILFI COACH: JUSTIN HOLBROOK