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The Bulldogs arrive at CommBank Stadium on an absolute high having dismantled arch-rivals Parramatta on Sunday in the upset of the season.

With Matt Burton and Josh Addo-Carr running amok out wide and Tevita Pangai jnr on a mission in the middle, the Bulldogs stormed to their third win of the season and gave hope for better things to come in the run home.

Interim coach Mick Potter has had his first taste of success after four games at the helm while his counterpart Brett Kimmorley will look to open his account in his second game at the helm.

The Tigers have lost five of their past six and conceded 180 points in the process so a defensive reset is required if they are to contain a Bulldogs side brimming with confidence.

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The Rundown

Team news

Bulldogs: Corey Waddell comes into the starting side with Raymond Faitala-Mariner set to come off the bench. Chris Patolo will miss the match after suffering a head knock in the win over Parramatta so Kurtis Morrin joins the bench for his NRL debut. Englishman Luke Thompson remains sidelined as he struggles with the effects of concussion while Ava Seumanufagai has not been named after withdrawing from Monday's game with a calf injury.

Wests Tigers: Alex Twal will start at prop with captain James Tamou moving to the bench. Adam Doueihi makes his long awaited return from a knee reconstruction on the interchange bench in a huge boost for the Tigers. Asu Kepaoa takes the place of the suspended Brent Naden in the centres.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Jake Averillo
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jacob Kiraz
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Starford To'a
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Corey Allan
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Asu Kepaoa
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Jackson Hastings

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Max King
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane Musgrove
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 15 Alex Twal
  • 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 15 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Kelma Tuilagi
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Tevita Pangai Junior
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Zach Dockar-Clay
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Fa'amanu Brown
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Joe Stimson
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Adam Doueihi
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Kurtis Morrin
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Alex Seyfarth

Reserves

  • Replacement for Bulldogs is number 21 Jayden Tanner
    Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 21 Junior Tupou

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Adam Gee

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Key match-up

Matt Burton v Luke Brooks: The Bulldogs haven't had a lot to smile about this season but the form of their No.6 has been a massive positive. Burton's kicking game was on song at Accor Stadium on Sunday as he set up tries with pinpioint grubbers and cross field kicks and tormented Parra's back three with his trademark spiral bombs. Brooks continues to try hard in tandem with Jackson Hastings but he needs his pack to get on the front foot and lay a platform if he's to add to his tally of five try assists and spark a Tigers revival.

Stat Attack

Sunday's stunning upset of the Eels was just the third time in the past four years that the Bulldogs have scored 30 points or more. In round 25, 2019 they beat the Broncos 30-14 and in round 25 last year they piled on 38 points in a shutout of Wests Tigers.

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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