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 -
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
- Nine Network
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.
Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew DuftyFullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Winger for Dragons is number 2 Cody RamseyWinger for Bulldogs is number 2 Nick Cotric
Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jack BirdCentre for Bulldogs is number 3 Will Hopoate
Centre for Dragons is number 4 Tyrell FuimaonoCentre for Bulldogs is number 4 Corey Allan
Winger for Dragons is number 5 Max FeagaiWinger for Bulldogs is number 5 Nick Meaney
Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey NormanFive-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Jake Averillo
Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben HuntHalfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake LawrieProp for Bulldogs is number 8 Dylan Napa
Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCulloughHooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul VaughanProp for Bulldogs is number 10 Luke Thompson
2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Josh Kerr2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Adam Elliott
2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Chris Smith
Lock for Dragons is number 13 Josh McGuireLock for Bulldogs is number 13 Corey Waddell
Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Poasa FaamausiliInterchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bradley Deitz
Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Billy BurnsInterchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Renouf Atoni
Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Daniel AlvaroInterchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Ava Seumanufagai
Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Kaide EllisInterchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Matt Doorey
Reserve for Dragons is number 18 Jackson FordReserve for Bulldogs is number 19 Lachlan Lewis
Reserve for Dragons is number 19 Junior AmoneReserve for Bulldogs is number 20 Joe Stimson
Reserve for Dragons is number 20 Mathew FeagaiReserve for Bulldogs is number 21 Tuipulotu Katoa
Reserve for Dragons is number 21 Adam CluneReserve for Bulldogs is number 23 Ofahiki Ogden
- Adam Clune
- Jackson Ford
- Mathew Feagai
- Poasa Faamausili
- Joe Stimson
- Lachlan Lewis
- Ofahiki Ogden
- Tuipulotu Katoa
- Zac Lomax
- Brandon Wakeham
- Referee: Ben Cummins
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall
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.
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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