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After turning their season around by recording seven consecutive wins the Tigers have stalled to lose their past two matches heading into their round 18 clash against the Bulldogs . The Bulldogs consistency has seen them slowly creep up the ladder to sit in second position alongside Cronulla. Robbie Farah and Josh Morris are both expected to back-up after Wednesday night’s origin blockbuster.

History – Since the Tigers merged into one club these two teams have played 22 times with the Bulldogs holding the upper hand recording thirteen wins to the Tigers nine. The last time they met was in round 16 last season with the fast finishing Bulldogs running away with the game to win 16-6. The Tigers will need to overcome a poor record at Allianz Stadium after losing the last three games at the venue.

Dangermen – Tigers veteran Lote Tuqiri is always a handful for opposition defence, the rampaging winger has scored two tries in the Tigers past three games and is beginning to stamp his mark on the 2012 season. Bulldogs flyer Ben Barba was unlucky to miss out on State of Origin selection. Barba has been first tryscorer an astonishing five times this season on his way to amassing ten tries for the season.

Prediction – The Bulldogs are a team going places. Des Hasler’s attacking game plan has lifted this club into real premiership contenders. Bulldogs 1-12 .

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