For Wests, their confidence has been shattered in the past 2 weeks with back to back thrashings at the hands of the Roosters and Cowboys. The manner of defeat a particular concern. The effects of off field drama's and an ever growing injury toll combining to leave the club low on morale, something prop Keith Galloway admitted on Monday.
For the Bulldogs confidence is significantly higher after they held on to the points in a controversial win over arch rivals the Eels last Friday night. The loss of Josh Reynolds and now Sam Kasiano is a blow for the doggies but their side certainly retains much of its quality and importantly plenty of confidence. The Bulldogs will also be keen to avenge the earlier result versus the Tigers and will fancy their chances this time around.
Team news sees Wests name a fairly similar side to the one last weekend. Kurtis Rowe will be looking to make amends for a stinker in tough conditions, whilst Jy Hitchcox will get a second game following his debut last weekend. Mitchell Moses is named in the 6 shirt for the first time officially, having played there last weekend wearing the number 1 shirt. The Tigers do lose Keith Lulia and Dene Halatau to injury and there are fears Aaron Woods could yet join them. Woods is waiting for the results of scans on an injured knee.
The good news is that Bodene Thompson returns to the side after serving his suspension. Thompson will replace Halatau in the second row. The club will also hope that Pat Richards can be a late inclusion with the big winger hopeful of a return when quizzed over the weekend.
WESTS TIGERS TEAM V CANTERBURY BULLDOGS
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Jy Hitchcox 3. Blake Austin 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Cory Paterson 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah 10. Keith Galloway 11. Curtis Sironen 12. Bodene Thompson 13. Adam Blair
Interchange: 14. Ava Seumanufagai 15. Martin Taupau 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Jack Buchanan