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

THE FACTS

When is St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters taking place? Saturday 24th August, 10:35

Where is St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters taking place? Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

What channel is St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters?
St. George-Illawarra Dragons – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500022

Sydney Roosters – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500001

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

Starting 13: Norman, Lomax, Aitken, Lafai, Pearson, Widdop, Hunt, Graham, McInnes, Vaughan, Ford, Leilua, Frizell – Interchanges: Latimore, K. Sims, Lawrie, Kaufusi – Reserves: Sailor, Kerr, Host, Ravalawa

Unavailable: Jack de Belin, Lachlan Maranta

  • St. George quickly returned to losing ways as they went down to Cronulla last week and could be in for a long night against the Roosters unless they can pull off a surprising performance.

  • Patrick Kaufusi, Ben Hunt and Tyson Frizell were all doubts at the start of the week for the Dragons after failing HIAs against the Sharks but trio have been named in the side and should be good to go unless they suffer any ill-effects of those head knocks leading up to the game.

  • Jonus Pearson has earned a recall on the wing with Mikaele Ravalawa dropping to the reserves whilst Jackson Ford will make his first start in the NRL after debuting from the bench in last week’s game.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Head Coach: Trent Robinson

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Mitchell, Manu, Morris, Keary, Cronk, Waerea-Hargreaves, Verrills, Liu, Crichton, Aubusson, Radley – Interchanges: Butcher, Tetevano, Faamausili, Taukeiaho Reserves: Collins, Lam, Smith, Tupouniua

Unavailable: Jake Friend, Ryan Hall, Boyd Cordner

  • Sydney Roosters showed some of their brilliant attacking play as they hammered New Zealand Warriors last week to close the gap on Melbourne at the top of the NRL ladder thanks to a fifth consecutive victory.

  • The Roosters were hoping to welcome back Boyd Cordner this week but his calf injury is still playing up and fellow forward Siosuia Taukeiaho is back in the side after overcoming a similar problem.

  • Sitili Tupouniua is the unlucky one to make way for Taukeiaho’s return with head coach Trent Robinson naming an otherwise unchanged side as he looks for some consistency with his team selection ahead of the play-offs.

THE PREDICTION

St. George have had a nightmare season on and off the pitch but things could get far worse on it as they face Sydney Roosters here. The Roosters were brilliant last week as they ramped up their preparations for the finals and with the Dragons struggling for form, the away side could win comfortably. St. George will need to be wary of a blow out here with their lack of confidence something which the Roosters could severely punish.

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