2019 NRL – St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers taking place? Sunday 1st September, 07:05

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

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

Where can I stream St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers?
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 Wests Tigers?
St. George-Illawarra Dragons – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500022

Wests Tigers – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500023

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

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

Unavailable: Jack de Belin, Lachlan Maranta, Jeremy Latimore

  • St. George have now lost seven of their last eight after they were comprehensively beaten by the Sydney Roosters last week and now take their final home game of the season on the road to the Sydney Cricket Ground.

  • Ben Hunt and Patrick Kaufusi both sat out with head knocks last week but only the latter has been named in the 17 at this point with Hunt needing to prove his fitness before kick-off to be promoted from the reserves.

  • Tristan Sailor is named at fullback once again following his NRL debut last week but would be the likely candidate to drop out if Hunt does return whilst Kaufusi returns in place of Jacob Host and Josh Kerr comes in to replace the injured Jeremy Latimore.

WESTS TIGERS

Head Coach: Michael Maguire

Starting 13: Thompson, Jennings, Momirovski, Marsters, Nofoaluma, Marshall, Brooks, Mikaele, Reynolds, Clark, Garner, Lawrence, Matterson – Interchanges: Eisenhuth, Taylor, Twal, Chee-Kam – Reserves: Talau, McQueen

Unavailable: Mahe Fonua, Ben Matulino, Josh Aloiai, Robbie Farah, Moses Mbye

  • Wests Tigers gave themselves a brilliant chance of making the play-offs after a confidence-boosting hammering over Newcastle last week but must back that up against struggling St George.

  • Following the brilliant win last week, the Tigers will be unchanged this week with captain Moses Mbye requiring at least another week before he can come back into the reckoning despite targeting a return for this round.

  • Although Michael Maguire has selected the same 17 as last week, Josh Reynolds is named to start at hooker but he started from the bench last week with Benji Marshall starting as the rake and Ryan Matterson lining-up at five-eighth with the same changes expected before kick-off here.

THE PREDICTION

St. George now only have one team below them on the NRL ladder after they lost again last week and things could get worse for them as they face Wests Tigers. Wests were brilliant against a poor Newcastle side last week and can build on that performance to pick up another vital victory. They must win both of their remaining matches to have a chance of finishing inside the top 8 but should be able to give boost their hopes here.

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