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Ultimate Guide: Bulldogs confirm team

The nib Newcastle Knights will look to put on a show this Friday night when they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Magic Round.

Suncorp Stadium will play host to all eight NRL games over a festival weekend of footy.

The Knights are looking to snap their winless run and claim the two points against the Dogs after a last start defeat to the Cowboys.

Meanwhile, the Dogs were defeated by the Raiders last round and will also be hungry for victory.

This is your Ultimate Guide to the Newcastle Knights Magic Round clash with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS v nib NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022

Kick-off: 6:00pm

Venue: Suncorp Stadium

AOB on performance, returning players and Magic Round

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Since: 1988

Played: 51

Bulldogs: 27

Knights: 23

Draws: 1

TEAMS

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Matt Dufty
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 2 Brent Naden
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 22 Jayden Okunbor
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Dominic Young
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Tex Hoy
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Adam Clune

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Luke Thompson
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Chris Randall
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Mitchell Barnett
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Leo Thompson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Joe Stimson
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Max King
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Pasami Saulo
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Chris Patolo
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Mat Croker

Reserves

  • Replacement for Bulldogs is number 4 Jake Averillo
    Replacement for Knights is number 18 Simi Sasagi

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Adam Gee

Last updated:

TEAM NEWS

LATE MAIL: The team is in 1-17 to face the Dogs.

For the Bulldogs, winger Jayden Okunbor is a late inclusion in jersey No.22 pushing Brent Naden to the centres and Jake Averillo to 18th man.

UPDATE: The squad was cut to 19 on Thursday with no changes made to the team.

EARLIER: Knights Head Coach, Adam O'Brien, named his 24-man squad on Tuesday.

Mitchell Barnett returns to the team after serving a six-game suspension to form a back-row combination with Lachlan Fitzgibbon.

Adam Clune also returns to partner Tex Hoy in the halves while Phoenix Crossland moves to the bench.

For the Bulldogs, only one change made by Trent Barrett with Chris Patolo coming onto the bench for Ava Seumanufagai, who switches to 18th man.

No changes in the 24-hour update on Thursday.

FORM GUIDE

Newcastle will look to return to the winner's circle after suffering seven straight losses.

The Knights went down 36-16 to the North Queensland Cowboys last start, but will welcome back plenty of first-grade experienced players to the line-up against the Dogs.

The Bulldogs sit in 15th place with a two win, seven loss record.

They went down 14-4 to the Raiders last start after claiming the two points against the Sydney Roosters the week before.

The two clubs met twice last season with the Knights coming away victors on both occasions.

KEY MATCH-UP

Dom Young v Josh Addo-Carr: An enthralling battle between two speedmen will take place on the wing.

Young has produced some fine performances on the edge this season showcasing his brimming potential.

The Englishmen leads the team count in tries with four so far this season while has 16 tackle breaks and six line-breaks.

Young will come up against State of Origin representative in Addo-Carr.

The Dogs new recruit has scored five tries and has a renowned ability for the long-range four pointers.

STAT ATTACK

The Knights and Bulldogs have met in Magic Round before back in 2019 with the Knights coming away 22-16 winners.

The Knights will need to shutdown damaging back-rower, Tevita Pangai Junior, who leads the NRL in offloads and (26).

Bradman Best has scored consecutive tries in his last two games against the Dogs.

The two teams both have an average set completion rate of 75 per cent.