2018 NRL – St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs New Zealand Warriors Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 4th August, 06:00 (UK)

Where? WIN Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena
Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available?
http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/stgeorge-illawarra-dragons-v-new-zealand-wollongong-new-south-wales-04-08-2018/event/1300543A963E2436?artistid=1279428&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=695&bba=1

THE STATISTICS


THE LOWDOWN

DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

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

Unavailable: Jacob Host, Nene Macdonald

  • St George were comfortably beaten by top 4 rivals Sydney Roosters last week. The Dragons couldn’t handle the quick start by the Roosters and were on the back foot throughout the game as they were defeated 36-18.

  • Despite the loss last week, Paul McGregor has named the same 17 that went down to the Roosters.

  • The Dragons’ position in the top 4 now looks precarious after their third loss in four games with St George now just two points ahead of the chasing pack.

WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Beale, Kata, Maumalo, Green, Johnson, Gavet, Luke, Paasi, Papali’i, Mannering, Blair – Interchanges: Tevaga, Pulu, Afoa, Lisone – Reserves: Hiku, Vuna

Unavailable: Nathaniel Roache, Tevita Satae, Tohu Harris

  • New Zealand Warriors were poor as they were defeated by Gold Coast last week. The Warriors allowed the Titans to score five second half tries having gone in ahead at the break as they were despatched with ease 36-12.

  • Issac Luke and Adam Blair return from injury and suspension respectively to give the Warriors a boost. Joseph Vuna and Karl Lawton are the two to drop out.

  • The Warriors have lost four of their last five games and following Wests Tigers’ win on Thursday, they are just two points ahead of the Tigers in the final play-off spot.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these teams are bang out of form and face battles to retain their current positions. The Dragons have put their top 4 place in doubt with three losses from four whilst the Warriors are far from secure inside the top 8 after four defeats in five with this shaping to be a huge contest. The Warriors were very poor last week whilst the Dragons were outplayed by a very good Roosters side. Returning to home soil could be huge for the Dragons with a 9-1 record this season and that can improve to 10-1 in this game.