WESTS Tigers coach Jason Taylor has put the acid on his young halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses to tighten up their defence against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium tonight after Canberra targeted them in their club record 30-22 comeback win last weekend.
Brooks was guilty of five missed tackles, and Moses four, prompting Taylor to remind the pair their roles also included defending around the ruck edges, where the Raiders found most of their 30 unanswered points after trailing 22-0 midway through the first half.
"Last week was a bit of a step backwards," Taylor said.
"I've been happy with their defence, but they need to keep doing it and this game will be a real test for them."
With Dogs pair Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds copping a spray from retired Newcastle great Andrew Johns, who questioned their State of Origin claims despite their roles in NSW's drought-breaking series win last year, Taylor said he was expecting both to deliver their response on the field tonight.
It was only a month ago Reynolds snapped a field goal for a 25-24 win over the Tigers.
The Bulldogs are still down of troops with Josh Morris (ankle) ruled out, joining suspended teammates James Graham and David Klemmer on the sidelines.
Coach Des Hasler will promote impressive utility Moses Mbye into Morris's centre spot, although that will not be officially confirmed until just before kick-off.
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