Ben Barba has been one of the NRL's best this season. Image courtesy of: couriermail.com.au
Bulldogs halfback Kris Keating will leave a gaping hole in the Bulldogs attack for their round twenty one clash against the Cowboys on Saturday. Des Hasler is yet to name a replacement for Keating who will miss the next few weeks with an ongoing hamstring injury. Powerhouse forward Sam Kasiano is another high profile casualty after breaking his cheekbone in Friday night’s win over Manly. The Cowboys are coming off a short turnaround from Monday night’s high scoring encounter against Wests while the Bulldogs have enjoyed a few extra days to recover.
– The Bulldogs strike rate has been impressive over the Cowboys in recent seasons winning four consecutive games including a hard fought 14-6 win in round twenty two last season. Traditionally the Cowboys struggle on the road and despite sitting in fourth position on this year’s premiership ladder they haven’t won in six years at ANZ Stadium.
- Bulldogs entertainer Ben Barba has scored an impressive 20 tries in his past eighteen games at ANZ Stadium, the livewire fullback leads the NRL in tackle breaks and is slowly climbing the top try scorer’s leader board with fourteen for the season. Barba lines up against good mate Matt Bowen for the first time this season, Bowen has been in scintillating form for the Cowboys and is sure to add plenty of potency to their attack.
– Given their poor form on the road it’s hard to see the Cowboys causing an upset. The Bulldogs juggernaut is rolling towards the finals and they should record a solid win against the Cowboys who are backing up from a short turnaround. Bulldogs 1-12 .
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