Sunday’s (06/09/2015) third NRL 2015 Round 26 match is between Canterbury Bulldogs and New Zealand Warriors. The opening bounce is set to commence at 18:35 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 New Zealand Warriors.
When: 18:35 | Sunday 06/09/2015
Where: ANZ Stadium
Tip: Canterbury Bulldogs at $1.08
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Brett Morris at $10.00
1 Brett Morris 2 Curtis Rona 3 Josh Morris 4 Tim Lafai 5 Sam Perrett 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Moses Mbye 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Damien Cook 10 James Graham (c) 11 Josh Jackson 12 Frank Pritchard 13 Greg Eastwood. Interchange: 14 Sam Kasiano 15 Shaun Lane 16 David Klemmer 17 Tim Browne 19 Lloyd Perrett 20 Chase Stanley.
1 Tuimoala Lolohea 2 Matt Allwood 3 Dominique Peyroux 4 Solomone Kata 5 Jonathan Wright 6 Chad Townsend 7 Mason Lino 8 Albert Vete 9 Nathan Friend 10 Ben Matulino 11 Bodene Thompson 12 Ryan Hoffman 13 Simon Mannering (c). Interchange: 14 Konrad Hurrell 15 Raymond Faitala-Mariner 16 Sebastine Ikahihifo 17 Sam Lisone 18 Siliva Havili.
He started the year in reserve grade, now Canterbury young gun Moses Mbye will be relied upon to lead them into the NRL finals.
Halfback Trent Hodkinson will get scans on Sunday after going down with a wrist injury in the first half of Saturday night’s 20-18 win over Newcastle.
The NSW No.7 immediately came from the field and didn’t return, however Bulldogs coach Des Hasler downplayed the incident post-game.
“We didn’t want to risk him – that’s why he didn’t come back on in the second half,” he said.
“There’s always the option of resting him next week. We’ll wait and see how he comes up.
“He’ll have scans when we get back to Sydney and we’ll take it from there.”
Utility Josh Reynolds is expected to be back from a knee injury, as well as a two-game ban for dangerous contact.
However, the former Blues pivot hasn’t played since round 20.
With just one game to go until the finals, the onus will now be on the 22-year-old Mbye to ensure the Bulldogs enter September on a winning note.
Mbye took the reins after Hodkinson’s injury, but Hasler said there were areas that the third-year playmaker could improve on for next week’s clash against the Warriors.
“He’ll probably be a little bit disappointed that his kicking game at the end of the sets there, the options on it,” he said.
“He can work on that. We’ve got time to work on that.”
Veteran winger Sam Perrett was hopeful at least one of Hodkinson or Reynolds would return but was confident should Mbye be left to direct the team as a lone playmaker.
“Hopefully we’ll have at least one of them back to run with,” he said.
“It’s not going to be easy. You always want as much firepower out there as you can, and your halves are a key role.
“If not, between (Josh Jackson) filling in there today and Moey, I think we can still do some decent damage.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change