2019 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sydney Roosters vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons taking place? Thursday 25th April, 07:05

Where is Sydney Roosters vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons taking place? Sydney Cricket Ground

What channel is Sydney Roosters vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons on?
UK – Sky Sports Arena
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Sydney Roosters vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons?
UK – Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Roosters vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons?
Sydney Roosters – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500001

St. George-Illawarra Dragons – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500022

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Head Coach: Trent Robinson

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Manu, Aubusson, Ikuvalu, Mitchell, Cronk, Waerea-Hargreaves, Friend, Taukeiaho, Cordner, Crichton, Radley – Interchanges: Butcher, Tetevano, Tupouniua, Lam – Reserves: Collins, Faamausili, Lamb, Verrills

Unavailable: Ryan Hall, Billy Smith, Brett Morris, Isaac Liu, Luke Keary

  • Sydney Roosters almost blew a 20-point lead in their Grand Final rematch with Melbourne Storm as they edged a thriller in golden point with Latrell Mitchell’s field goal edging it for the Roosters.

  • The in-form Roosters will welcome back Joey Manu from a ban but will be without influential five-eighth Luke Keary through concussion with Mitchell slotting in to the halves in his place.

  • Hooker Jake Friend is also back which sees Victor Radley revert to lock whilst Lachlan Lam comes onto the bench in place of Sam Verrills to provide a different option as an interchange.

ST. GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

Starting 13: Dufty, Pereira, Aitken, Lafai, Ravalawa, Norman, Hunt, Graham, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, T. Sims, Lawrie – Interchanges: Latimore, Lomax, Host, Leilua – Reserves: Allgood, Field, Timm, Pearson

Unavailable: Jack de Belin, Gareth Widdop, Korbin Sims

  • St. George narrowly came out on top of a scrappy contest with Manly as Mikaele Ravalawa's 77th minute try gave his side the win but now the Dragons face a tough trip to the SCG to face the Roosters.

  • The Dragons have now won four consecutive games and head coach Paul McGregor has retained the same 17 as last week with no changes and he will be hoping that consistency can lead his side to a fifth-straight win.

  • Leeds Rhinos forward Trent Merrin continues to be linked with a return to the NRL and St. George as he currently remains in Australia on compassionate grounds but no deal has yet been agreed.

THE PREDICTION

The loss of Luke Keary is a huge blow for the Roosters after he has enjoyed a tremendous start to the season but they do have several players back from injury to temper that blow. The Dragons enter this contest with four straight wins but this will be a game too far with the Roosters winning again. The return of Jake Friend and Joey Manu boosts the Roosters and it also gives them a chance of seeing how Latrell Mitchell plays in the five-eighth role, a position he has stated he wants to play in the future. He has started the season in great form and can stand in admirably for Keary to guide his side to the win in the opening Anzac Day match.