THE LONG HARD LOOK WITH MIKE WILSON
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v Parramatta Eels
ANZ Stadium, 7:35pm
Bulldogs: Ben Barba, Steve Turner, Tim Lafai, Jamal Idris, Jonathan Wright, Ben Roberts, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Joel Romelo, Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Andrew Ryan (c), Dene Halatau. Interchange: Greg Eastwood, Martin Taupau, David Stagg, Josh Reynolds.
Eels: Luke Burt, Etu Uaisele, Ryan Morgan, Ben Smith, Jordan Atkins, Jarryd Hayne, Casey McGuire, Tim Mannah, Matt Keating, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh (C), Taniela Lasalo, Justin Horo, Shane Shackleton, Mitchell Allgood, Reni Maitua, Pat O’Hanlon
Bulldogs stand in coach for the remainder of 2011, Jim Dymock has now had his first full week with his side so now we will get to see if anything changes. The Bulldogs hierarchy have made it clear to 39 year-old Dymock that his coaching role for this year is an audition for the fulltime job in 2012. (Mind you, Kevin Moore thought he had a full-time coaching job for 2011).
Dymock has wasted no time implementing drastic changes which he denies are acts of desperation. Centre Josh Morris has been dropped straight to NSW Cup for the week and has been replaced by 20 year-old Tim Lafai who has 6 NRL games to his name.
Ben Roberts will be the man to watch for mine. He played well in a losing side last week and look for Ben Barba to be running off Roberts late in the game as they target weary Eels forwards.
Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney has once again named Jarryd Hayne at five/eighth and he and halfback Casey McGuire have been combining well.
Parramatta are becoming accustomed to close games this year and I think this matchup between to classic rivals should give us another good show that goes right down to the wire.
Mike’s Best Bet: None
Starting Bank: $2000, Current Bank $2478.42
(Team lists sourced from nrl.com.au)