Saturday’s (11/07/2015) second NRL 2015 Round 18 match is between Canterbury Bulldogs and Brisbane Broncos. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:35 local time with the game to be played at ANZ Stadium. The home team Canterbury Bulldogs are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Canterbury Bulldogs and Brisbane Broncos.
When: 19:35 | Saturday 11/07/2015
Where: ANZ Stadium
Tip: Canterbury Bulldogs at $1.65
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Brett Morris at $11.00
1 Brett Morris 2 Curtis Rona 3 Josh Morris 4 Tim Lafai 5 Sam Perrett 6 Moses Mbye 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Aiden Tolman (c) 9 Michael Lichaa 10 David Klemmer 11 Josh Jackson 12 Frank Pritchard 13 Greg Eastwood. Interchange: 14 Sam Kasiano 15 Lloyd Perrett 16 Tim Browne 17 Josh Reynolds 23 Shaun Lane.
1 Darius Boyd 2 Lachlan Maranta 3 Jack Reed 4 Jordan Kahu 5 Daniel Vidot 6 Anthony Milford 7 Ben Hunt 8 Sam Thaiday 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Adam Blair 11 Alex Glenn 12 Matt Gillett 13 Corey Parker (c). Interchange: 14 Jarrod Wallace 15 Mitchell Dodds 16 Corey Oates 17 Matt Parcell.
Canterbury have uncovered the new “T-Rex” after man mountain Shaun Lane gave the club a glimpse of their future in their 20-4 mauling of Melbourne on Monday night.
The 20-year-old outshone his more experienced teammates in a man-of-the-match performance in what was only his first run-on appearance.
The effort will only boost the hype around the 198cm, 110kg second-rower, who looks like a long-term first-grader after just three NRL games.
He and NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson split the Storm defence wide open on the right edge in the first half, scoring one try before throwing the last pass for another.
Hodkinson said there were few players who could perform at such a high level so soon into their NRL careers.
The match was played at the Bulldogs’ spiritual home of Belmore Oval and Lane was just three years old when the side made their previous premiership appearance at the ground in 1998.
“There’re not too many players who can do what he’s done in three games,” Hodkinson said.
“There’s a big future for Shaun and it’s only onwards and upwards.”
Lane received his call-up during the State of Origin period as cover for the side’s representative contingent and has embraced the opportunity with both hands.
He looks to have locked down a role in the side for the rest of the year following a season-ending injury to Tony “T-Rex” Williams.
Lane looks reminiscent of Williams at his best, with his ability to bend the line and possessing late footwork belying his size.
A product of league nursery Endeavour Sports High, he spent the last two years with the Bulldogs under-20s and only began training fulltime with the club this season.
“At the start it was a bit of an eye-opener for the first couple of weeks, it was lot more intensive with Des in your face and stuff,” Lane said.
“It’s a bit intimidating. After the first couple of weeks you sort of get used to it. You realise these blokes are just normal people like us.
“I felt like if I got an opportunity then I could step up.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change