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Brett Morris had a blinder against the Knights last week. Image courtesy of: dailytelegraph.com.au

Bulldogs v Dragons

Bulldogs backrower Frank Prtichard has been ruled out of his clubs round two encounter with St George Illawarra after copping a one match careless high tackle charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night. Pritchard’s controversial tackle divided the rugby league community this week with former players and officials all weighing in on the debate.

Both sides recorded narrow victories last week; the Dragons in golden point against Newcastle and the Bulldogs a scrappy come from behind win against the Panthers.

History - The Dragons have a great record against the Bulldogs winning the past six games between the two clubs. Of those six games four games have been decided by 13+ points . The Bulldogs are winless against the Dragons since round six, 2008.

Dangermen – St George flyer Brett Morris was outstanding for the Dragons last week scoring the first try and running for a total of 137 metres.

Bulldogs sensation Ben Barba was quiet last week by his standards however still managed to cross the line as he so frequently does, following an impressive 2011 season where he scored 23 times.

Prediction – Frank Pritchard is a massive loss for the Bulldogs and will be sorely missed in defence and around the edge of the ruck. The Dragons should be too strong in a hard fought game. Dragons 1-12 .

Titans v Raiders

The Gold coast Titans will be full of confidence ahead of their game with the Canberra Raiders after surprising everyone with a convincing 18-0 win over the Cowboys last weekend. The Raiders too were impressive narrowly going down to Melbourne by a three point margin in the nation’s capital.

Dangermen – Titans star signing Jamal Idris produced a dynamic performance against the Cowboys last week. Idris scored both the first and last try of the game.

Despite crossing the line against the Storm last week, Raiders speed machine Josh Dugan  was very impressive running for a game high 257m and threatening the line with every touch.

History – The Titans are always hard to beat at home and have enjoyed plenty of success over the Raider. Since entering the competition in 2007 the Titans have played five games against the Raiders at Skilled Park and have never been beaten.

Prediction – The Titans return home to a jammed packed Skilled Park with plenty to prove to their faithful supporters after a disappointing 2012 campaign and should be far too strong for the Raiders. Titans 13+ .

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