Knights Aim To Get Back On Track

Picture: Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au
Jarrod Mullen returns for the Knights this week. Picture: Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 22, 2012 – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 26 d Newcastle Knights 10 at Hunter Stadium
Round 4, 2012 – Newcastle Knights 20 d Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6 at ANZ Stadium
Round 25, 2011 - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 32 d Newcastle Knights 22 at ANZ Stadium
Round 22, 2010 - Newcastle Knights 30 d Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6 at Hunter Stadium
Round 1, 2010 – Newcastle Knights 20 d Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

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Bulldogs

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W

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Knights  boss Wayne Bennett will be hoping that the return of playmaker Jarrod Mullen can inspire his side to victory when they tackle the Bulldogs  at Hunter Stadium on Sunday afternoon following back-to-back defeats to the Sharks and Raiders. His return forces skipper Kurt Gidley to hooker, with Travis Waddell returning to the bench. Chris Houston and Timana Tahu have been high profile casualties of the side’s poor form and have made way for Joey Leilua and Neville Costigan in the top grade.

The Bulldogs welcome Krisnan Inu back into their side for the first time since round four this weekend, when the goal kicking centre having served his five match suspension for a spear tackle on Greg Inglis. Tim Lafai drops back into the NSW Cup side and is the only man missing from the squad that recorded its third straight win after coming from behind to beat the Warriors 24-16 in New Zealand.

1st Tryscorer

Darius Boyd  may have only scored two tries so far this season, but his workrate in the past three weeks has been outstanding. The return of Jarrod Mullen should see him get more involved in attack as he looks to expose the Bulldogs big men around the play the ball.

Sam Perrett  has hit a golden patch of form in the past three weeks, scoring 5 tries in his clubs matches against the Sharks, Tigers and Warriors.

Prediction

The Knights suffered their first home defeat of the season against the Sharks a week before being totally outclassed by the Raiders in Canberra last weekend and will be desperate to avoid slipping to a third straight defeat here. With three wins on the bounce, the Bulldogs are getting back to the form that saw them reach the Grand Final last season and likely to have too much firepower for their hosts. Canterbury Bulldogs by 10

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