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Three weeks ago the Dragons were flying high on the back of a four-game winning streak. 

Now they're on the wrong end of a three-game slide and struggling to score points. That the Wests Tigers were able to outlast them in round eight is a cause for concern.

Now they face a Bulldogs side that proved two weeks back that if you give them a sniff they're good enough to win matches in this competition.

Canterbury endured an unhappy night against the Eels last weekend, but on current form the Dragons are a step down from that standard.

Match: Dragons v Bulldogs

Round 9 -

Dragons

Home Team

Dragons

6th Position

Scored 0 points
Bulldogs

Away Team

Bulldogs

16th Position

Scored 0 points

Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Kayo
  • Foxtel
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The rundown

Team news

Dragons: Tyrell Fuimaono has been named in the centres to take the place of the injured Zac Lomax (dislocated thumb). Despite suffering a rib injury last weekend, Cody Ramsey has been named on the wing.

Mat Feagai is named on the reserves list and could come in if Ramsey doesn't play. Wingers Mikaele Ravalawa and Jordan Pereira are both still suspended.

Poasa Faamausili returns on the interchange bench following a suspension.

Dragons fullback Matt Dufty has scored nine tries in his past eight games at Kogarah.

Bulldogs: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is back at fullback with Nick Meaney moving to the wing in a straight swap. Prop Dylan Napa has been named despite suffering a shoulder injury last weekend. Renouf Atoni or Ava Seumanufagai are named as potential back-ups. 

After returning via NSW Cup on the weekend, Lachlan Lewis (head knock) is on the reserves list.

The Bulldogs have won seven of their past nine games at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Cody Ramsey
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Cotric
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jack Bird
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Corey Allan
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Max Feagai
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Nick Meaney
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Jake Averillo
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Dylan Napa
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Luke Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Josh Kerr
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Adam Elliott
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Chris Smith
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Josh McGuire
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Corey Waddell

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Poasa Faamausili
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bradley Deitz
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Billy Burns
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Renouf Atoni
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Ava Seumanufagai
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Kaide Ellis
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Matt Doorey

Reserves

  • Reserve for Dragons is number 18 Jackson Ford
    Reserve for Bulldogs is number 19 Lachlan Lewis
  • Reserve for Dragons is number 19 Junior Amone
    Reserve for Bulldogs is number 20 Joe Stimson
  • Reserve for Dragons is number 20 Mathew Feagai
    Reserve for Bulldogs is number 21 Tuipulotu Katoa
  • Reserve for Dragons is number 21 Adam Clune
    Reserve for Bulldogs is number 23 Ofahiki Ogden

Dragons Ins

  • Adam Clune
  • Jackson Ford
  • Mathew Feagai
  • Poasa Faamausili

Bulldogs Ins

  • Joe Stimson
  • Lachlan Lewis
  • Ofahiki Ogden
  • Tuipulotu Katoa

Dragons Outs

  • Zac Lomax

Bulldogs Ins

  • Brandon Wakeham

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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Key match-up

Ben Hunt v Kyle Flanagan. Hunt was looking a rejuvenated man before breaking his leg and now that he's back he needs to recapture that spark.

Flanagan is learning the hard way that if your forwards aren't matching it with the opposition the No.7 jersey can be a tough one to wear.

If the men in front of him don't match it with the Dragons pack he could be in for another long afternoon.

Stat attack

Canterbury completed their sets at 79 per cent against Parramatta but generated just two line break and averaged just 33 metres gained per set of six. Their opponents - Parramatta - averaged 15 extra metres per set.

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