Des Hasler recalls two big names for the clash against the Knights.
The Canterbury Bulldogs will welcome back State of Origin stars Josh Morris and Josh Reynolds for their important clash against the Newcastle Knights in Mackay.
Des Hasler and his side had been on a roll in recent games as they continued to surge up the ladder off their back of their four wins in a row.
However, that run came to an end when they were pipped at the post by two points last start in round 15 at the hands of the Sydney Roosters.
With Morris and Reynolds back in the side Tim Lafai and Joel Romelo dropped out and prop James Graham has been named despite suffering a concussion last match.
Newcastle will field a largely unchanged 17 with Korbin Sims added as 18th man for the important clash with a side one place above them on the ladder.
The last time the sides met was back in round 10 when the Knights thumped the Bulldogs 44-8 at Hunter Stadium.
The next four weeks were nothing by losses for Wayne Bennett and his side before their impressive 30-point victory against the Gold Coast, which saw them run up a 30-point lead by half-time, a small indication of what the side is capable of if they play to their potential.
The Knights forwards will need to stand and be counted while the halves Jarrod Mullen and Tyrone Roberts will need to star again.
Tip: Bulldogs by 10
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS at Mackay Stadium
BULLDOGS: Ben Barba, Mitch Brown, Josh Morris, Krisnan Inu, Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (capt), James Graham, Frank Pritchard, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Josh Jackson, Sam Kasiano, Dale Finucane, Martin Taupau (one to be omitted).
Ins: Josh Morris, Josh Reynolds, Martin Taupau
Outs: Tim Lafai, Joel Romelo
Others unavailable: Kris Keating (calf, indefinite), David Klemmer (knee, round 22)
KNIGHTS: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Dane Gagai, Joey Leilua, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen (capt), Tyrone Roberts, Kade Snowden, Danny Buderus, Willie Mason, Robbie Rochow, Beau Scott, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Craig Gower, Chris Houston, Zane Tetevano, Neville Costigan, Korbin Sims (one to be omitted).
Ins: Korbin Sims
Others unavailable: Alex McKinnon (ankle, round 24), Kurt Gidley (foot, round 19), Anthony Quinn (eye, indefinite), David Fa’alogo (knee, round 19), Ryan Stig (eye, indefinite)
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