2020 NRL – St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Saturday 12th September, 2020 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders taking place? WIN Stadium, Wollongong

What is the expected weather for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders? 21c, sunny

What channel is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Dufty, Pereira, Aitken, Lomax, Ramsey, Norman, Clune, Ellis, Hunt, Vaughan, Frizell, Host, McInnes – Interchanges: Brittain, Kerr, Lawrie, Ford – Reserves: Blacker, Fuimaono

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Tariq Sims (Injured), Korbin Sims (Injured)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons were wasteful in possession and were made to pay as they succumbed to a golden point loss against North Queensland Cowboys last week with a tough game lying in wait here.
  • The Dragons made six line breaks but struggled to turn those chances into points which ultimately cost them and they will be eager to right the wrongs of the 23-22 loss with St. George feeling they should have won that contest.
  • Paul Vaughan will boost the Dragons’ pack as he returns from a suspension and he will line-up in the front row along with Kaide Ellis while Cody Ramsey will make his NRL debut on the wing in place of Mikaele Ravalawa.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Valemei, Croker, Rapana, Cotric, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Starling, Sutton, Bateman, Whitehead, Tapine – Interchanges: Havili, Lui, Young, Hawawira-Naera – Reserves: Frawley, Timoko

Unavailable: Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Sia Soliola (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured), Josh Hodgson (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Michael Oldfield (Injured), Curtis Scott (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders lost out in their pivotal clash with Sydney Roosters last week and are likely to have to settle for a spot outside the top four with the reigning premiers showing their class in that contest.
  • The Raiders have some work to do if they are to be truly competitive in the finals as the Roosters limited them to just a solitary try in the 6-18 defeat but they will not be too disappointed with last week’s defensive efforts.
  • Key man Josh Papalii was taken from the field in last week’s defeat with a shoulder complaint but he will be fit enough to take his place here in what is an unchanged 17 for Ricky Stuart.

THE PREDICTION

St. George Illawarra Dragons were their own worst enemies last week as they failed to take their chances against North Queensland Cowboys. Their composure will have to greatly improve as they take on a Canberra Raiders outfit that will be eager to respond to their loss to Sydney Roosters and the Green Machine need to win to end the round in fifth spot. The Dragons will be out to impress newly named head coach Anthony Griffin before he takes over next season but the Raiders are likely to be too good here and can win by at least eight points.

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