Bulldogs v Melbourne

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Josh Morris has scored eleven tries for the Bulldogs this season. Image courtesy of www.heraldsun.com.au, Picture: Getty Images.
The Bulldogs  and Melbourne  head north to Mackay for their round sixteen top of the table clash on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs were impressive last week grinding out a 28-20 win against St George while the Storm defeated Manly 26-22 at Brookvale. The Bulldogs have brought veteran Luke MacDougall in their starting side along with junior Kangaroo Dale Finucane. Melbourne has named Cameron Smith to start at five-eight with Garreth Widdop remaining as fullback in the absence of Billy Slater.

History – Nothing has separated these clubs since they first met in 1999. Both teams have recorded fourteen wins apiece. The Storm has enjoyed a better record of late recording nine wins from the past eleven games against the boys from Belmore. This will be the first premiership game played in Mackay which is expected to draw a crowd of 10,000+ at the brand new Virgin Australia Stadium.

Dangermen – Bulldogs centre Josh Morris has lifted considerably since being named for NSW in this year’s State of Origin series. The Bulldogs flyer has an impressive strike rate scoring eleven tries from thirteen games this season. Melbourne’s Matt Duffie  is no stranger at finding the line, the Kiwi international is devastating under the high ball and is capable of scoring from anywhere on the field.

Prediction – Is this an early grand-final preview? Both teams are in great form however the Storm are hard to go past give their impressive record against the Bulldogs. Storm 1-12 .

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