Written by Christopher Tearse
Saturday, July 25, 5.30 PM, Round 11, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney, Cronulla Sharks take on St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Match Preview
The Sharkies coming off a marvellous victory against the Warriors last round will be feeling confident heading into this match against the fire breathing Dragons that it is until reports on Friday indicated that Josh Dugan is out due to hamstring problems and the Dragons probably feeling a bit hungry after almost being consumed by the Bulldogs, this old clash is sure to be competitive with both teams needing two points to stay on the premiership road.
The Cronulla Sharks
|Billy Magoulias||Briton Nikora|
|Bryson Goodwin||Scott Sorensen|
|Jack Williams||Josh Dugan|
1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Siosifa Talakai 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf
Reserves: 14. Connor Tracey 15. Jack Williams 16. Teig Wilton 17. Royce Hunt 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Bryson Goodwin 20. Daniel Vasquez 21. Braydon Trindall
Coach: John Morris
The St George Illawarra Dragons
|Jacob Host||Tariq Sims|
1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Ben Hunt 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Cameron McInnes
Reserves: 14. Trent Merrin 15. Josh Kerr 16. Jacob Host 17. Jackson Ford 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tristan Sailor 20. Billy Brittain 21. Korbin Sims
Coach: Paul McGregor
The last time these two teams met the Dragons at home gave the Sharks some pepper before breathing fire and taking the win 30-16. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 45 matches played between the Dragons and the Sharks favour the Dragons winning 23, all other statistics indicate the Sharks score seven more points on an average but also concede three points more, the Dragons at this venue have a 61% win rate opposed to the Sharks 31%.
St George Illawarra Dragons for the win.