NSW Cup Preview - Rd 8b, 2014

North Sydney Bears Vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Sportingbet Stadium, Saturday, May 3
Kick-off: 3.10pm
Broadcast: LIVE on Fox Sports 1

This week’s match represents much more than just two points. Both the Bears and the Bulldogs will be desperate to finally notch up a win – the Bears not having done so since round one.

The Bears were perhaps unlucky not to have claimed the win against Wenty last weekend when they scored four tries to Wentworthville’s three only for some wayward goal kicking to cost them victory – a scenario that has now occurred twice this season.

The Bulldogs were never really in their clash against the Knights last weekend and would be hopeful of a much improved showing here on national television. Both of these teams have been affected by the representative round with Lote Tuqiri (Fiji) unavailable for the Bears while Reni Maitua (Samoa), Krisnan Inu (Samoa), Tyrone Phillips (NSW) and Lloyd Perrett (QLD) will all miss for the Dogs.

Not a lot separates these two sides statistically with both having scored and conceded a similar amount of points after the first few months of the season. While neither of these sides have been playing champagne rugby league of late, they appear to be fairly evenly matched and a close game should be on the cards as a result.