T-Rex Faces Former Teammates

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Tony Williams lines up against Manly for the first time on Friday night. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Qualifying Final 2012 – Canterbury Bulldogs 16 d Manly Sea Eagles 10 at ANZ Stadium
Round 20 2012 – Canterbury Bulldogs 20 d Manly Sea Eagles 12 at Brookvale Oval
Round 8 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 12 d Canterbury Bulldogs 10 at ANZ Stadium
Round 24 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 27 d Canterbury Bulldogs 16 at Brookvale Oval
Round 13 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 38 d Canterbury Bulldogs 4 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

 

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Former Manly star Tony Williams will line up against his former club for the first time when the Bulldogs  take on the Sea Eagles  at ANZ Stadium on Friday night. While ‘T-Rex’ has been below his best since switching clubs in the off-season, results at Canterbury haven’t been flash either, with the Dogs losing three of their opening four matches. To make things worse for the club, Krisnan Inu has been suspended for five weeks for his spear tackle on Greg Inglis in his side’s 17-12 defeat to Souths in round four, with Tim Lafai replacing him at centre this week.

Despite having lost Williams and being without Glenn Stewart for the opening stoushes of the new campaign, Manly has won three of their opening four matches keeping a team scoreless for the second time in 2013 with a 26-0 victory over West Tigers. Tom Symonds impressed at lock when given the opportunity to start in that match and has been retained in the run on side, with Jamie Buhrer again on the bench.

1st Tryscorer

Kangaroos centre Josh Morris  was one of the most potent attacking weapons in the NRL last season but is yet to score a try during the current campaign. He leads the Bulldogs for line breaks this season and it won’t be long till he is on the scoresheet again.

Former Test winger David Williams  bagged a double against the Tigers last week and is returning to his best form after being beset by a series of injuries problems over the past couple of seasons. He has 48 tries from 70 top grade matches and will be a big threat for the Sea Eagles out wide.

Prediction – Although the Bulldogs have collected just one win from the opening month of the 2013 season, they have had a tough draw with their defeats coming against premiership contenders North Queensland, Melbourne and Souths. They have won 11 of their past 13 matches at ANZ Stadium and can score another win here against Manly, who have been flattered by a relatively easy start to the season. Canterbury Bulldogs 1-12

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