Written by Christopher Tearse
Thursday, August 6, 7.50 PM, Round 13, WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Coast St George Illawarra Dragons take on Sydney Roosters NRL Match Preview
If there was ever a time to strike when the iron is hot its now! The Roosters will arguably be at their weakest for this match fixture with Kyle Flanagan out and rookie Lachlan Lam in, the Roosters will embrace the return of Josh Morris but are still well compromised on the injury front, this match fixture presents opportunity for the Dragons to take advantage, coming off a terrible loss leading 16-0 against the Rabbitohs in the first half and losing the match this could be their redemption game, one thing any side should never do is underestimate the Roosters, any Roosters match is never short of physicality.
The St George Illawarra Dragons
1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Ben Hunt 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jackson Ford
Reserves: 14. Tristan Sailor 15. Josh Kerr 16. Trent Merrin 17. Tyrell Fuimaono 18. Jacob Host 19. Corey Norman 20. Jason Saab 21. Kaide Ellis
Coach: Paul McGregor
The Sydney Roosters
|Christian Tuipulotu||Kyle Flanagan|
1. James Tedesco 2. Ryan Hall 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Luke Keary 7. Lachlan Lam 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Sitili Tupouniua 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Isaac Liu
Reserves: 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins 18. Daniel Fifita 19. Christian Tuipulotu 20. Max Bailey 21. Egan Butcher
Coach: Trent Robinson
The last time these two teams met the Roosters at home beat the Dragons 26-12. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 42 matches played between the Roosters and the Dragons favour the Roosters winning 21, all other statistics indicate the Roosters should win except for the venue where the Dragons have a win rate of 62% opposed to the Roosters 33%.
Sydney Roosters for the win.
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