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ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)Last meeting: Round 23 2012 – Bulldogs 22 bt Broncos 14 at ANZ StadiumHead-to-head: Round 23 2012 – Bulldogs 22 bt Broncos 14 at ANZ StadiumReferees: Jared Maxwell, Henry PerenaraTV: Channel 9 (live)TAB Sportsbet: Bulldogs $1.50 Broncos $2.65FootyTab: Broncos +6.5
Phil Mitchell writes: Just when it appeared Canterbury had put their campaign back on track with three successive wins, they produced their worst performance in a month and were duly whipped 44-8 by Newcastle last Sunday. The Bulldogs’ woes were then compounded when centre Krisnan Inu was suspended for the second time this season, for an ugly tackle on winger James McManus. Tim Lafai again replaces Inu, having done a fine job in his earlier five-match absence.
The Broncos handed the Titans their biggest loss of the season last weekend but continue to be dogged by bad luck, with David Stagg and Jack Reed joining an injured list that already included Ben Hannant and Scott Prince. But Justin Hodges is expected to return on Friday night, and his imposing presence could be the difference on Friday night.
Phil’s tip: Broncos by two
BULLDOGS: Ben Barba, Mitch Brown, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (capt), Sam Kasiano, Tony Williams, Frank Pritchard, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Josh Jackson, James Graham, Dale Finucane, Martin Taupau, Tim Browne (two to be omitted).
BRONCOS: Corey Norman, Josh Hoffman, Jordan Kahu, Justin Hodges, Lachlan Maranta, Ben Hunt, Peter Wallace, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Sam Thaiday (capt), Alex Glenn, Matt Gillett, Corey Parker. Interchange: Jake Granville, Scott Anderson, David Hala, Jarrod Wallace, Dunamis Lui, Denan Kemp (two to be omitted).
Good evening, welcome to our coverage as we bring you all the action from the Bulldogs-Broncos match. As expected, big T-Rex, aka Tony Williams, has been ruled out of the Bulldogs’ team, so Josh Jackson will start and Tim Browne comes onto the bench.
Players are on the field. Stand by for kick-off.
5 min: Neither team has looked like scoring yet in a scrappy opening to the game.
6 min: First penalty of the evening, to the Broncos, who find touch about 40 metres from the Bulldogs’ line.
1 min: We’re away, Broncos kick off.
7 min: Brilliant tackle by Ben Barba denies the Broncos a try, and the Bulldogs have the ball back.
15 min: Knock on from the Broncos deep inside their own half. Another chance for the Bulldogs.
21 min: Bulldogs defence is equal to the ask. They then receive back-to-back penalties to move upfield easily.
20 min: Penalty to the Broncos after Peter Wallace was taken out after hoisting a bomb. Tough call against the Broncos.
10 min: The Dogs draw first blood via a brilliant individual try to Ben Barba. Shades of 2012. Trent Hodkinson converts. Bulldogs 6-0.
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