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

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THE FACTS

When is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? Saturday 18th July, 2020 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? WIN Stadium, Wollongong

What is the expected weather for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs? 15c, partly cloudy

What channel is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs 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 Canterbury Bulldogs? 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 Canterbury Bulldogs? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Dufty, Saab, Aitken, Lomax, Ravalawa, Norman, Clune, Lawrie, Hunt, Vaughan, Frizell, T. Sims, McInnes – Interchanges: Merrin, Kerr, Fuimaono, Ford – Reserves: Sailor, Lafai

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Jordan Pereira (Suspended)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons produced arguably their best display of the season to date as they ran out big winners against Manly Sea Eagles last week and they will be hoping to build on that against Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • The Dragons defended well to limit the Sea Eagles to just four points and then cut loose in the final quarter of the game as they ended with six tries with their completion rate of 93% highlighting how much they respected the ball.
  • A similar number against a Bulldogs side who average the second highest number of errors per game will present them with a brilliant chance to make it back-to-back wins and it is little surprise that only the suspended Jordan Pereira makes way here with Jason Saab his replacement.

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Starting 13: Meaney, Watene-Zelezniak, Holland, Montoya, Crichton, Foran, Lewis, Tolman, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Thompson – Interchanges: Katoa, Sue, To’omaga, Ogden – Reserves: Britt, Averillo

Unavailable: Joe Stimson (Injured), Will Hopoate (Injured), Adam Elliott (Injured), Reimis Smith (Suspended)

  • Another poor showing for Canterbury Bulldogs resulted in Dean Pay walking away as head coach with their loss to Brisbane Broncos last week the final straw after starting the season with just one win from nine matches.
  • In their bottom of the ladder clash with the Broncos, the Bulldogs were comfortably beaten 26-8 with 32 missed tackles their undoing with their average per game in that department now sitting at 33.6.
  • Interim head coach Steve Georgallis has made a big call for his first game in charge with halfback Brandon Wakeham dropped at the expense of Lachlan Lewis in a bid to get the Bulldogs’ lacklustre attack firing while Kerrod Holland starts at centre for the suspended Reimis Smith.

THE PREDICTION

Canterbury Bulldogs’ loss to Brisbane Broncos last week signalled the end of head coach Dean Pay’s time in charge and they will hope a change will lead to some improved performances. They have endured an awful start to the season and come into this game 1-8 with the wooden spoon looking like a formality unless there is a serious turnaround. St. George Illawarra Dragons are their opponents this week and with the hosts earning an eye-catching win last week, they can inflict more pain on the Bulldogs with St. George able to win by at least 10 points.

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