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Preview: Bulldogs v Knights

Newcastle's hopes of hanging onto their place in the top eight suffered a double blow last Monday night when injuries to centre Junior Sa'u and utility forward Matt Hilder were compounded by the team's 26-6 loss to the Brisbane Broncos.
Preview: Bulldogs v Knights
by NRL

Newcastle's hopes of hanging onto their place in the top eight suffered a double blow last Monday night when injuries to centre Junior Sa'u and utility forward Matt Hilder were compounded by the team's 26-6 loss to the Brisbane Broncos.

Sa'u left the field with an ankle injury while Hilder was forced off with a savage cut to the scalp and both will be missing when the Knights take on Canterbury this Saturday night.

After holding a seemingly impregnable four-point gap over Canterbury and Souths a few weeks ago, the Knights are now in a must-win position with remaining matches against both of those teams. The Knights are level with Souths on 26 competition points but are two points clear of the Bulldogs. A loss here could see the Knights slip from the eight this weekend and force them into a sudden-death showdown with the Rabbitohs at Ausgrid Stadium in Round 26.

The Bulldogs must win both of their remaining games and count on other results falling their way if they are to book a place in the play-offs.

Consider a Canterbury try as First Scoring Play and look to a Bulldogs/Knights or Knights/Bulldogs outcome in the Half/Full Double.

First Tryscorer candidates include Josh Morris, Steve Turner or Ben Barba for Canterbury or Akuila Uate, Adam MacDougall or James McManus for the Knights.

Canterbury v Newcastle
ANZ Stadium
Saturday night 5.30pm


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
1 Ben Barba, 2 Steve Turner, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Jamal Idris, 5 Jonathan Wright, 6 Joel Romelo, 7 Trent Hodkinson, 8 Aiden Tolman , 9 Josh Reynolds, 10 Sam Kasiano, 11 Frank Pritchard , 12 Andrew Ryan [c], 13 David Stagg. Subs: 14 Greg Eastwood, 15 Mickey Paea , 16 Gary Warburton, 17 Kris Keating.

Newcastle Knights
1 Kurt Gidley [c], 2 James McManus, 3 Keith Lulia, 4 Adam MacDougall, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Ryan Stig, 7 Jarrod Mullen, 8 Evarn Tuimavave, 9 Isaac De Gois, 10 Antonio Kaufusi, 11 Zane Tetevano, 12 Neville Costigan, 13 Chris Houston. Subs: 14 Marvin Karawana, 15 Richie Fa'aoso, 16 Joel Edwards, 17 Mark Taufua, 18 Cameron Ciraldo (one to be omitted).

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Bulldogs by 4

OVERALL:
Total Games: 34
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs wins: 17. [Pts: 772]
Newcastle Knights wins: 16. [Pts: 662]
Draws: 1

Biggest wins:
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: 46 pts: 2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Fri Aug 27: Bulldogs 52 d. Knights 6 [Crowd: 20043]
Newcastle Knights: 42 pts: 1995 Australian Rugby League - Round 13 - [View] Sun Jun 25: Knights 42 d. Bulldogs 0 [Crowd: 25229]

Biggest Crowd: 1999 National Rugby League - Round 3 - [View] Sun Mar 21: Canterbury 28 d. Knights 26 [Crowd: 26341]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: WLLWWLWWWLWLWWLLDWWLWLWWLLWLWLLWLL
Newcastle Knights: LWWLLWLLLWLWLLWWDLLWLWLLWWLWLWWLWW

Last 10 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 30 d. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6 [Crowd: 17316]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sat: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 l. Newcastle Knights 20 [Crowd: 18110]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 1 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 26 d. Newcastle Knights 12 [Crowd: 21369]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 22 d. Bulldogs 14 [Crowd: 18322]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 12 l. Newcastle Knights 22 [Crowd: 9565]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: Bulldogs 30 d. Newcastle Knights 16 [Crowd: 12654]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 25 d. Bulldogs 24 [Crowd: 18791]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 38 d. Knights 22 [Crowd: 12658]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Fri: Knights 46 d. Bulldogs 22 [Crowd: 25504]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 13 l. Knights 28 [Crowd: 13962]

Overall record at ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Homebush Bay, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: 128 games, won 70, drawn 2, lost 56.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Fri: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14 d. North Queensland Cowboys 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Fri: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8 d. Parramatta Eels 7
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sun: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10 l. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 4 l. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 38
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Fri: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10 l. St George Illawarra Dragons 15

Newcastle Knights: 15 games, won 9, drawn 0, lost 6.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sat: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 l. Newcastle Knights 20
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 1 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 26 d. Newcastle Knights 12
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 12 l. Newcastle Knights 22
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 24 l. Newcastle Knights 26
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: Bulldogs 30 d. Newcastle Knights 16

Head to Head at ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Homebush Bay, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 10
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs wins: 6. [Pts: 287]
Newcastle Knights wins: 4. [Pts: 196]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sat: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 l. Newcastle Knights 20 [Crowd: 18110]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 1 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 26 d. Newcastle Knights 12 [Crowd: 21369]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 12 l. Newcastle Knights 22 [Crowd: 9565]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: Bulldogs 30 d. Newcastle Knights 16 [Crowd: 12654]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 38 d. Knights 22 [Crowd: 12658]

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