2018 NRL – St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Parramatta Eels Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 28th June, 10:50 (UK)

Where? WIN Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Parramatta Eels will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Nine Network, 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://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=DRAGONS18

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

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

Unavailable: Zac Lomax, Tyson Frizell

  • St George found their attacking rhythm again as they comfortably defeated Manly last time out. Having scored 30 or more points in four of their opening six games, the Dragons had managed the feat once in their last seven games before a 32-8 win over the Sea Eagles.

  • Tyson Frizell has been given an extra week to recover after a knock to the head in Origin on Sunday. He is replaced in the second row by Jacob Host with Luciano Leilua coming onto the bench.

  • The Dragons have been superb at home this season, especially when playing at WIN Stadium. St George have won all eight of their listed home games whilst winning all three at WIN Stadium and have scored 34 points on average in those three matches.

EELS

Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Starting 13: Gutherson, French, M. Jennings, Hayne, G. Jennings, Moses, Norman, Alvaro, King, Vave, Niukore, Takairangi, Brown – Interchanges: Smith, Mannah, Gower, Terepo – Reserves: Auva’a, Evans, Salmon, Matagi

Unavailable: Tony Williams, Kaysa Pritchard, Tepai Moeroa, Reed Mahoney, Manu Ma’u

  • Parramatta played some enterprising football against South Sydney but it ultimately wasn’t enough as they were comfortably beaten by the Rabbitohs in their last game. The Eels couldn’t stop Souths’ superb attack and went down 24-42 as a result.

  • Mitchell Moses returns from a knee injury which sees Clint Gutherson reverting to fullback and Bevan French moving onto the wing. That means Josh Hoffman loses his place in the side. Manu Ma’u suffered a fractured cheekbone for Tonga last week with Marata Niukore taking his place in the second row whilst Will Smith comes in for the suspended Reed Mahoney.

  • Parramatta are yet to win away from home this season which, in part, highlights why they are where they are on the ladder. The Eels have lost all seven of their away fixtures.

THE PREDICTION

Top host bottom in what should be a one-sided start to Round 16. The Dragons are unbeaten at home this season whilst they have performed very well in their three games at WIN Stadium, the venue for this game. Meanwhile, the Eels are yet to win on the road which heightens their task here. St George found some of their early season attacking flow last time out against Manly and will be keen to build on that here as they look to hold on to their position at the top of the ladder. With just three wins all season, Parramatta will be hoping to avoid the wooden spoon but finding their fourth win is extremely unlikely here with the Dragons capable of scoring a big win.