Mackay Homecoming For Barba

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Josh Morris broke his tryscoring drought against Manly. Picture: Getty Images/heraldsun.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 10, 2013 – Newcastle Knights 44 d Canterbury Bulldogs 8 at Hunter Stadium
Round 22, 2012 - Canterbury Bulldogs 26 d Newcastle Knights 10 at Hunter Stadium
Round 4, 2012 – Newcastle Knights 20 d Canterbury Bulldogs 6 at ANZ Stadium
Round 25, 2011 - Canterbury Bulldogs 32 d Newcastle Knights 22 at ANZ Stadium
Round 22, 2010 – Newcastle Knights 30 d Canterbury Bulldogs 6 at Hunter Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 12    Rd 13    Rd 14    Rd 15    Rd 16 
Bulldogs

W

W

W

L

-

Knights

L

L

L

-

W


Fresh from a bye in round 16, the Bulldogs  will be at full strength for their match against the Knights  at Mackay Stadium on Sunday afternoon with Josh Morris and Josh Reynolds returning from State of Origin duty after missing the club’s 20-18 defeat to the Roosters a fortnight ago. Fullback Ben Barba will put on a rugby league master class in his hometown against Melbourne twelve months ago and will be determined to lead his side to victory once again after rediscovering some of his best form in the Dogs resurgence.

Unsurprisingly, coach Wayne Bennett hasn’t made any changes to his side that ran riot against the Titans last weekend, putting 46 points on the Gold Coast before switching off late in the match. Korbin Sims will travel with the squad to North Queensland as cover for the squad which is still waiting for the likes of Kurt Gidley, Alex McKinnon and David Fa’alogo to return from injury.

1st Tryscorer

Bulldogs centre Josh Morris  broke a twelve game tryscoring drought for the club when opening the scoring against the Sea Eagles in round 14 and will be determined to add to his tally against the Knights. The 26 year-old showed what a potent attacking weapon he could be by crossing for 17 four pointers last season and will hope the floodgates will open now he has opened his account for 2013.

James McManus  equalled a club record by scoring four tries for Newcastle against the Titans last weekend and will want to extend his lead at the top of the tryscorers leaderboard in Mackay. He leads the competition with 15 tries from as many matches this season and has 12 from his past ten outings.

Prediction

The Bulldogs may have lost to the Roosters in their most recent match but there is no shame in that given how well the Chooks are going at the moment. Prior to that result Des Hasler’s men had won seven of their past eight and if they play anything like that in Mackay they should collect the two points against a Knights outfit that has won just one of its seven matches away from Hunter Stadium this year. Canterbury Bulldogs by 18

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