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A Sea Eagles side stung by two heavy losses to start the year will be hoping their first home game is the catalyst to jump-start their season against a new-look Bulldogs side that has impressed with their grit and defence so far this year.

After last year's horror 0-4 start, the Sea Eagles would not have been expecting the early stages of this year to pan out in similar fashion, especially with star fullback Tom Trbojevic fit to start the season - although they have faced two of the competition's most heavily-fancied sides.

The Bulldogs are 1-1 and arguably unlucky not to be 2-0, but are still very much a work in progress. If coach Trent Barrett can help his current club add more early-season pain onto his former club it will go a long way to building a confident platform for the rest of their 2022 campaign.

NRL Teams: Sea Eagles v Bulldogs

The Rundown

Final team news

Sea Eagles: Des Hasler has sprung one late change with Andrew Davey starting in the back row. Ethan Bullemor will drop back to the bench.

Bulldogs: Winger Jayden Okunbor came out of the team on Saturday and his place is taken by Aaron Schoupp. Brandon Wakeham will also start at halfback in place of Jake Averillo, who drops to 18th man. Luke Thompson and Corey Waddell also switch places, with the Englishman set to come off the bench.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Matt Dufty
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Braidon Burns
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Brent Naden
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 25 Aaron Schoupp
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 20 Brandon Wakeham

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Sean Keppie
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 15 Corey Waddell
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Jack Hetherington
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 16 Andrew Davey
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 12 Ethan Bullemor
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 8 Luke Thompson
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl Lawton
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Max King
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 19 Chris Patolo

Reserves

  • Replacement for Sea Eagles is number 20 Tolutau Koula
    Replacement for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake Averillo

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Key match-up

Tom Trbojevic v Matt Dufty: There's been plenty of focus on the lack of impact from reigning Dally M medallist Trbojevic so far but he hasn't had much of a platform to work from. Dufty meanwhile has looked very sharp at his new club and at this early stage has more busts (9), line breaks (2) and average metres (177) than Turbo. 

Stat attack

With just 20 points conceded in two games, the Dogs currently have the league's fourth-best defence while Manly's 54 points against is the most in the NRL so far. 

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