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25 Aug 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 NRL – St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When?
Sunday 26th August, 07:10 (UK)

Where?
Jubilee Oval

What channel is it on?
UK – St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Foxtel, Nine Network, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available?
http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=DRAG2418

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

Starting 13: Dufty, Macdonald, Aitken, Lafai, Nightingale, Mann, Hunt, Graham, McInnes, Ah Mau, Frizell, Sims, De Belin – Interchanges: Latimore, Pereira, Lawrie, Leilua – Reserves: Lomax, Host

Unavailable: Paul Vaughan, Gareth Widdop

  • St George put their recent poor form behind them as they beat Wests Tigers last week. The Dragons were the better team throughout and punished a sloppy performance by the Tigers as they came out on top 10-20.

  • Jason Nightingale is back for the Dragons and starts on the wing with Jordan Pereira on the bench and Jai Field dropping out.

  • The Dragons avoided a fourth consecutive loss with their win over the Tigers last week, a win which also saw them reclaim their spot in the top 4.

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Hopoate, B. Morris, J. Morris, Holland, R. Smith, Lewis, Frawley, Tolman, Lichaa, Klemmer, Jackson, Martin, Elliott – Interchanges: Marshall-King, Fualalo, Ogden, Eastwood – Reserves: Toomaga, Olive

Unavailable: Kieran Foran, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Marcelo Montoya

  • Canterbury came out on top in a thrilling contest against New Zealand Warriors last week. Lachlan Lewis’ field goal separated the two teams with his 78th minute effort edging the Bulldogs to a 27-26 win.

  • The Bulldogs are unchanged which means Matt Frawley retains his starting jersey and Jeremy Marshall-King on the interchange bench.

  • Canterbury have won three of their last four games but are still in danger of claiming the wooden spoon. A win here would ensure they avoid that unwanted accolade.

THE PREDICTION

St George looked like they had turned the corner from their poor run of form last week but will need to back that up here against Canterbury. The Bulldogs have won three of their last four games and have been much improved with their more fluid style of play. That could cause problems for the Dragons who will have to be on their guard as a defeat could see them slip back out of the top 4 having regained their place in it last week. This should be a high-scoring Sunday afternoon contest but the Dragons should just have enough on home soil.

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