Bulldogs Look To Continue Hot Streak

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Trent Hodkinson has impressed since returning for the Bulldogs. Picture: Simon Cocksedge/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 15, 2012 – Canterbury Bulldogs 28 d St George Illawarra Dragons 20 at WIN Stadium
Round 2, 2012 - Canterbury Bulldogs 30 d St George Illawarra Dragons 4 at ANZ Stadium
Round 10, 2011 - St George Illawarra Dragons 15 d Canterbury Bulldogs 10 at ANZ Stadium
Round 5, 2011 - St George Illawarra Dragons 25 d Canterbury Bulldogs 6 at the SCG
Round 10, 2010 - St George Illawarra Dragons 19 d Canterbury Bulldogs 6 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

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Dragons

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The Bulldogs  will be without Josh Morris for their match against the Dragons  on Friday night, with the centre in camp with the New South Wales squad ahead of the State of Origin series opener in Sydney next week. Drury Low comes into the squad in place of Morris, while former Blues backrower Tony Williams is still missing with the ankle injury he picked up in round 10 and has been replaced by Josh Jackson in the starting side. Despite being named to play, five-eight Josh Reynolds is also be unavailable after being called into the Blues squad following an injury to utility Kurt Gidley.

Like their opponents, the Dragons have also been hit by representative call-ups, with Brett Morris and Trent Merrin both on State of Origin duty. Matt Prior and Leeson Ah Mau both return after sitting out last week’s 19-0 defeat to the Panthers but Matt Cooper will have to wait another week to make his comeback following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a toe injury.

1st Tryscorer

With Josh Morris on rep duty this weekend, Mitch Brown  gets the chance to move closer to the action after being shifted off the wing to partner Tim Lafai in the centres for Canterbury. He has already scored five tries this season and will be looking to add to that tally with the opportunity to see more of the ball.

The Dragons failed to score a point against Penrith last weekend and can only improve of their showing at WIN Jubilee Oval, where they were held scoreless for the first time since 1950. They could do worse than get more ball to Jason Nightingale , who is the clubs leading tryscorer with seven four pointers during the current campaign.

Prediction

With their 24-14 victory over Brisbane last weekend, the Bulldogs recorded their fourth win in five matches to move within touching distance of the top eight. Although some of their stars are missing, the loss of Merrin for the Dragons will have a greater impact on the outcome of this match with the big man carrying his team’s pack for much of the season. Back in form and on their home turf, the Bulldogs will be too good. Canterbury Bulldogs by 14

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