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It's not often a team posts six tries in a half and still walks off the field at full-time "filthy on themselves".

But that's how Michael Maguire said his Wests Tigers players felt having taken their foot off the pedal after being 34-0 up against the Cowboys last week. They held on for a 36-20 win.

They're out to produce the complete performance against the Bulldogs that Maguire has been demanding.

Canterbury come into the game off their second straight loss, but it wasn't for lack of effort. Under-pressure coach Dean Pay was proud of the grit his troops showed in going down 20-18 to Cronulla.

The Rundown

Team News

Bulldogs: Aiden Tolman will return, and start, after self-isolating following a COVID-19 scare. His return moves Renouf To'omaga back to the bench. Nick Meaney and Ofahiki Ogden were the two players left out an hour before kick-off.

Kerrod Holland replaces the suspended Christian Crichton in the backline and Jack Cogger joins the interchange. Sione Katoa and Lachlan Lewis were the players trimmed from the reserves list on Saturday. Canterbury have won their past three games against Wests Tigers.

Wests Tigers: Michael Maguire's team will start 1-17, with Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence the final two players dropped from the squad. Tommy Talau replaces Robert Jennings (hamstring) on the wing, Oliver Clark replaces Zane Musgrove (foot) at prop and Matt Eisenhuth starts at lock for Alex Twal (knee), with Elijah Taylor joining the bench. Billy Walters and Reece Hoffman were omitted from the extended bench 24 hours before kick-off. Wests Tigers will play their 500th game since entering the NRL premiership in 2000.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Will Hopoate
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Reimis Smith
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Kerrod Holland
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Jake Averillo
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Brandon Wakeham
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 21 Aiden Tolman
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver Clark
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Adam Elliott
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 8 Renouf To'omaga
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Elijah Taylor
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Jack Cogger
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Dean Britt
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Sam McIntyre
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam

Key Match-Up

Will Hopoate is the heartbeat of the Bulldogs and has been fantastic since moving back to fullback. His opposite No.1 this round is Adam Doueihi, who looks more comfortable by the week and always wants to improve.