NRL Preview: Round 14
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v St George Illawarra Dragons
ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park
The Bulldogs won't be too happy with the shellacking they copped from the Penrith Panthers last week as they seek to avenge their slow start to the season.
But that won't worry the Dragons who are displeased themselves for letting their standards slip against a wounded Wests Tigers.
With a win on each team's mind, the Dragons and Bulldogs won't hold back when they collide on Monday afternoon.
The Bulldogs will welcome back influential playmaker Josh Reynolds and a trio of internationals in James Graham, Brett Morris and Chase Stanley.
They come in at the expense of quartet Craig Garvey, Francis Tualau, Brenko Lee and Kerrod Holland.
The Dragons are unchanged but some doubt remains over the fitness over back-rower Tyson Frizell.
Frizell failed to finish the Dragons' four-point win over the Wests Tigers last weekend – and while he has been cleared of any serious injury – remains in some doubt.
Bulldogs: 1. William Hopoate, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Chase Stanley, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Moses Mbye, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Michael Lichaa, 10. James Graham, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Adam Elliot, 13. David Klemmer. Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano, 15. Danny Fualalo, 16. Greg Eastwood, 17. Matt Frawley, 19. Francis Tualau, 20. Kerrod Holland, 21. Asipeli Fine, 23. Brenko Lee.
Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan, 2. Nene Macdonald, 3. Kurt Mann, 4. Tim Lafai, 5. Jason Nightingale, 6. Gareth Widdop (c), 7. Josh McCrone, 8. Russell Packer, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Joel Thompson, 13. Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims, 15. Leeson Ah Mau, 16. Hame Sele, 17. Taane Milne, 18. Jacob Host, 19. Kalifa Faifai Loa, 20. Blake Lawrie, 21. Jai Field.
Key Match-Up: Josh Reynolds v Gareth Widdop – the Dragons skipper made his long-awaited return from a knee injury last week and scored two important tries. As Reynolds prepares to return from his own injury setbacks, his influence over the Bulldogs cannot be overlooked. With neither playmaker being their team's main kicker, an exciting match-up between these two livewires beckons.
The History: Played 32; Bulldogs 21, Dragons 11. The Bulldogs have won nine of their past 10 meetings against the Dragons dating back to the 2012 season. The Bulldogs were 13-10 winners over the Dragons when they last met back in Round 21 last year.
Match Officials: Referee: Ben Cummins. Assistant Referee: Gavin Badger. Sideline Officials: Dave Munro and Chris Butler.
Televised: Fox League – Live coverage from 3:30pm
Radio: ABC, 2GB, 4BC and Triple M