Warriors Try To Fight Off Dogs

Picture: Gregg Porteous/theaustralian.com.au
Konrad Hurrell returns for the Warriors against the Bulldogs. Picture: Gregg Porteous/theaustralian.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 3 2012 – Canterbury Bulldogs 32 d New Zealand Warriors 18 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 19 2011 – New Zealand Warriors 36 d Canterbury Bulldogs 12 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 5 2010 – New Zealand Warriors 30 d Canterbury Bulldogs 24 at ANZ Stadium
Round 25 2009 – Canterbury Bulldogs 40 d New Zealand Warriors 20 at ANZ Stadium
Round 18 2009 – Canterbury Bulldogs 18 d New Zealand Warriors 14 at Mt Smart Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 4    Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8 
Warriors

W

L

L

L

W

Bulldogs

L

L

L

W

W


The Warriors  can secure back-to-back wins for the first time since July last year if they can upset the Bulldogs  at Westpac Stadium on Saturday afternoon. New Zealand registered just its second win of the season against the Titans last week, although the two points came at a cost, with Kevin Locke and Jerome Ropati both picking up injuries during the match. Konrad Hurrell and Glen Fisiiahi both earn recalls to the top grade, while Carlos Tuimavave is added to the squad as 18th man.

Unsurprisingly, Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has made no changes from the squad that walloped Wests 40-4 last weekend, although Martin Taupau and Tim Browne have both been named on a six man interchange bench. Canterbury may be tenth on the ladder but last week’s performance was their best this campaign and an ominous warning of what they can do when on song.

1st Tryscorer

Ben Henry  was amongst the best players on the field in the Warriors narrow win over the Titans last week, playing a hand in many of his teams tries as well as getting one of his own. He has three tries from just five matches this season so far.

Tony Williams  finally got on the board for the Bulldogs after opening the scoring in his side’s easy win over Wests last week and Canterbury fans will be hoping that will kickstart something special from their prized off season recruit. He was a prolific tryscorer for Manly, scoring 39 from 84 appearances for the club

Prediction

Warriors fans won’t be getting too far ahead of themselves despite last week’s one point win against the Titans in Auckland. The reality is that their team has won just two of its past 16 fixtures, while the Bulldogs have now won two on the trot and are getting someone near the form that saw them make the grand final last season. The Warriors past three losses have all been by ten or fewer points and they should keep it relatively tight however. Canterbury Bulldogs 1-12

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