Two Sione Katoas better than one for Tonga

The oft-confused pair - one a Bulldogs-bound hooker, the other a Sharks winger - have faced off in the NRL but are yet to play together.

"This is the first time actually meeting [the other Sione] and talking to him. I've seen him around but not really chatted about our names," Cronulla's Katoa told NRL.com on Wednesday.

Factor in that Tui Katoa - the Canterbury-contracted younger brother of the Sharks flyer - has also been chosen in Tonga's squad and you've got a commentator's nightmare.

Dragons back on track at Bulldogs


The Dragons had slipped down the ladder with a string of defeats since their last win in April, but they were back on track thanks to a one-sided triumph on the road.

The visitors had Corey Norman back from a fractured cheekbone and both he and Queensland Maroons star Ben Hunt scored in inspiring performances.

It started badly for the Dragons as Raymond Faitala-Mariner crossed for the Bulldogs inside two minutes, but the Dragons were soon on top.

Jackson named Bulldogs captain

The NSW forward was unveiled as the Bulldogs captain during the club's pre-season camp in Terrigal on Wednesday, replacing the departed James Graham as skipper under the new Dean Pay regime.

Graham took on the full-time captaincy duties following the departure of Michael Ennis to the Cronulla Sharks in 2015, developing a cult following with his emotional style of leadership.

Jackson was the obvious candidate to replace the Englishman, who was squeezed out of the club to link with the St George Illawarra Dragons at the end of last year.

Dogs looking for Pay day

However, the club hasn't taken long to move on, announcing Pay as their new coach two days after he was interviewed.

"The Bulldogs have a great history and tradition and I'm looking forward to the chance to work with a talented group of players, where respect and discipline will be the cornerstones of how we go about our business," Pay said in a club statement.

Pay, 48, takes on more than your standard head coach role as the club searches for on-field success - the last of their eight NRL titles was in 2004, after losing the 2012 and 2014 grand finals.

Defence key to Panthers win

Their fourth win on the trot was typical of a side coming off a five-day turnaround and the Panthers stayed in control for most of the contest despite a low-scoring affair.

Penrith kept the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half before nabbing two late tries through Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Tyrone Peachey to seal another much-needed win and edge closer to the top eight. 

"We are obviously defending well and that gives you a lot of confidence. But you only defend well if your attitude is right," Griffin said post-game. 

Broncos hammer hapless Bulldogs

Two tries in the final four minutes of the first half gave Brisbane a 16-6 advantage but the key period was between the 53rd and 68th minutes when the Bulldogs' only touch of the football was Josh Reynolds spilling an Anthony Milford kick from point-blank range as the Broncos piled on 18 points to take complete control of the contest.

Foran ruled out of Bulldogs clash

Foran has succumbed to a quad injury, replaced by Ata Hingano in Stephen Kearney's game-day 19-man squad which will take on Foran's future NRL club at Mt Smart Stadium.

Foran's impending move to Belmore coincided with Reynolds taking up a rich four-year deal with the Wests Tigers, with the fiery playmaker stung at having to leave his junior club.

The showdown had promised plenty of feeling however it has been robbed of its headline act.

Kieran Foran reportedly signs with the Bulldogs

The Warriors playmaker will move to Belmore next year after one season across the ditch.

News Limited and Seven News are both reporting that the Kiwi Test player is finalising the details of his new contract and a formal announcement will be made over the next week.

It is understood Foran is moving back to be closer to his young children.

The 26-year-old rejected offers from Melbourne, Newcastle and the Tigers to re-unite with Hasler, who coached Foran to a premiership in 2011. 

Warriors hand Bulldogs first win of season

The win ended a six game losing streak for the under fire Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

A resilient defensive effort combined with attacking potency was the key to Canterbury's win.

The win was also the Bulldogs' sixth in seven games against the Warriors.

The Warriors had most of the possession in the first 20 minutes and dominated at times but couldn't create the attacking cut-through to claim the two points.

Manu's back

Meanwhile former captain Simon Mannering will make his 261st career appearance to draw level with the great Stacey Jones - and current assistant coach - for the most games for the club.

And Vatuvei, the club's try-scoring record holder, will make his first NRL appearance of the season - and the 226th of his career - after turning out in the second team in the first two rounds this year.