Saturday’s first NRL Round 8 match is between Canterbury Bulldogs and Gold Coast Titans. The opening bounce is set to commence at 15:05 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 Gold Coast Titans.
When: 15:05 | Saturday 23/04/2016
Where: ANZ Stadium
Tip: Canterbury Bulldogs at $1.34
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Josh Morris at $13.00
Bulldogs: 1 Will Hopoate 2 Curtis Rona 3 Josh Morris 4 Kerrod Holland 5 Sam Perrett 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Moses Mbye 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Lichaa 10 James Graham 11 Josh Jackson 12 Tony Williams 13 Greg Eastwood. Interchange: 14 Sam Kasiano 15 Tim Browne 16 David Klemmer 17 Adam Elliot 19 Lloyd Perrett 21 Craig Garvey.
Titans: 1. William Zillman, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Josh Hoffman, 4. Nene Macdonald4, 5. David Mead, 6. Tyrone Roberts, 7. Ashley Taylor, 8.David Shillington, 9. Nathan Friend, 10. Ryan James, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Chris McQueen, 13. Greg Bird Interchange: 14 Luke Douglas, 15 Leivaha Pulu, 16 Agnatius Paasi, 17 Kierran Moseley, 18 Eddy Pettybourne.
Gold Coast winger Anthony Don has dismissed any suggestion the Titans will face a Canterbury unit at war with itself this weekend.
The Bulldogs have been forced to shoot down claims of dissent within their ranks after last weekend’s loss to the Warriors in Wellington.
Five-eighth Josh Reynolds threw the ball at teammate Michael Lichaa and delivered a verbal spray at the hooker after a poor pass in a critical juncture of the 24-20 defeat.
Captain James Graham has since had to pour cold water on talk of rifts within the Bulldogs’ squad, saying he had no problem with Reynolds’ reaction.
Don says the Titans are expecting to face a united Bulldogs on Saturday as the hosts try to pick up their first home win of the season.
“I think it’s just the nature of Josh Reynolds, he seems really competitive and when he didn’t get that pass … he just let his emotions get the better of him,” Don said.
“I’m sure they got over it in 10 seconds and it probably hasn’t been talked about again.”
The Titans head south desperate to deliver a win for NRL ironman Luke Douglas, who will be making his 100th appearance for the club.
Don said there was no secret to Douglas’ famed resilience, which helped him achieve an NRL-record 215 consecutive matches from his debut for Cronulla in 2006.
“It’s hard work, that’s one part of it – he’s probably the first in and last out,” said Don, who grew up with Douglas in the northern NSW town of Yamba.
“He does all the extras … it’s a great achievement for him.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change