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15 Jun 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 NRL – St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 16th June, 08:30 (UK)

Where? WIN Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Foxtel, 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://www.ticketmaster.com.au/stgeorge-illawarra-dragons-v-manly-sea-wollongong-new-south-wales-16-06-2018/event/1300543A962A240D?artistid=1279428&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=695

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

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

Unavailable: Zac Lomax

  • St George were made to sweat for the win last week as they just did enough to overcome a stubborn Canterbury side. The Dragons needed a 66th minute Gareth Widdop penalty to edge them ahead with them able to hold on to claim a 16-18 win.

  • The Dragons have named the same side that claimed the win last week with Kurt Mann again getting the nod over Jason Nightingale on the wing with the latter on the bench.

  • St George have won all seven of their listed home games so far this season with them making a return to WIN Stadium for this encounter, a ground they have won both of their games this season.

SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Trent Barrett

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Taufua, Suli, Kelly, Uate, Hodkinson, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, M. Wright, Taupau, Thompson, Wintersein, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Parker, Lane, Paseka, Brown – Reserves: T. Wright, Sipley

Unavailable: Curtis Sironen, Kelepi Tanginoa, Lachlan Croker, Dylan Walker, Jake Gosiewski, Api Koroisau

  • Manly produced another poor performance as they were defeated at home to New Zealand Warriors last week. The Warriors ran in six tries as they proved too strong for the Sea Eagles who were on the wrong end of a 14-34 scoreline.

  • Matthew Wright will take Api Koroisau’s place at hooker with the latter expected to be out for around eight to 10 weeks. Moses Suli returns having been dropped for disciplinary reasons last week with Brad Parker returning to the bench with Lewis Brown also on the bench in place of Toafofoa Sipley.

  • The Sea Eagles have lost their last three league games and will face an uphill battle to snap that losing run having won just one of their seven away games so far this season.

THE PREDICTION

St George will be hoping to return to the top of the NRL ladder when they host a struggling Manly outfit. The Dragons began Round 15 as league leaders but South Sydney’s win on Thursday saw them drop a place and with Penrith getting turned over by Sydney Roosters on Friday, the door is ajar for them to capitalise. Manly were poor last week with them putting in yet another poor display and their woes have been compounded by the loss of rake Api Koroisau. His extended spell on the sidelines won’t help the Sea Eagles turn their fortunes around as they look destined to be in a fight to avoid the wooden spoon. The Dragons weren’t at their best last week but a return to home soil will lift them and they can win this one comfortably.

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