2020 NRL – Canterbury Bulldogs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canterbury Bulldogs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place?
Monday 8th June, 2020 – 07:05 (UK)

Where is Canterbury Bulldogs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Canterbury Bulldogs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? 14c, partly cloudy

What channel is Canterbury Bulldogs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons 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 Canterbury Bulldogs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? 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 Canterbury Bulldogs vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? No tickets are available as NRL matches are currently taking place behind closed doors

THE TEAM NEWS

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Meaney, R. Smith, Hopoate, Averillo, Foran, Lewis, Tolman, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Britt, Elliott – Interchanges: , To’omaga, Faitala-Mariner, Sue, Ogden – Reserves: Holland, Wakeham

Unavailable: Chris Smith (Injured), Marcelo Montoya (Injured), Joe Stimson (Injured)

  • Canterbury Bulldogs are without a win at the start of the NRL season after they were on the end of a heavy defeat against Manly Sea Eagles last week and they must improve on both sides of the ball ahead of this clash with fellow strugglers St. George Illawarra Dragons.
  • The Bulldogs conceded seven tries in last week’s loss as they were dominated when the Sea Eagles were on the ball, allowing over 500 metres more than they could muster while also conceding eight line breaks without reply.
  • However, the Bulldogs have received a huge boost ahead of this contest with Kieran Foran making an incredible return from his shoulder issue and he will line-up in the halves alongside Lachlan Lewis who moves to halfback with Jack Cogger dropped while Jake Averillo starts in place of Christian Crichton.

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Norman, Pereira, Wiliame, Lomax, Ravalawa, Hunt, Clune, Kerr, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, T. Sims, Graham – Interchanges: Merrin, Lawrie, Luke, Aitken – Reserves: Fuimaono, Host

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Tim Lafai (Match Fitness)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons were humiliated on their return to NRL action as they failed to score a single point in their game against New Zealand Warriors last week with head coach Paul McGregor coming under increasing pressure following that loss.
  • The Dragons have now won just two of their last 13 matches with both of those successes coming against Gold Coast Titans but the manner of last week’s loss set the alarm bells ringing the loudest.
  • Despite completing at 83%, the Dragons barely asked a question of the Warriors’ defensive line and McGregor has reacted by shaking up his side with Corey Norman shifting to fullback to allow Adam Clune to make his debut while Trent Merrin and Isaac Luke also come into the 17 with Matt Dufty, Korbin Sims and Tyrell Fuimaono dropping out.

THE PREDICTION

Both head coaches are under pressure to win this contest as Dean Pay’s Canterbury Bulldogs face Paul McGregor’s St. George Illawarra Dragons. Neither side have won a game so far this season and their level of performances have left a lot to be desired. That does not bode well for the quality of this game and despite the Dragons making several changes in an attempt to fix their issues, the return of Kieran Foran could prove to be crucial for the Bulldogs who should be able to come out on top.

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