2020 NRL – St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla Sharks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Sunday 14th June, 2020 – 09:30 (UK)

Where is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla Sharks? 12c, clear skies

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

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Norman, Pereira, Aitken, Lomax, Ravalawa, Hunt, Clune, Kerr, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, Fuimaono, Graham – Interchanges: Merrin, Lawrie, Dufty, Host – Reserves: Ford, Saab

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Tim Lafai (Match Fitness), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Tariq Sims (Injured)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons’ miserable run continued as they put in another pitiful display in their latest game against Canterbury Bulldogs to ensure they are the only side in the NRL without a win to their name so far this season.
  • The Dragons managed just two points in the game as they were punished for making 15 errors in what was another lacklustre attacking display meaning St. George have won just one of their last eight matches.
  • To make matters worse for the Dragons, they suffered a double injury blow last week that will see Brayden Wiliame and Tariq Sims sidelined with their places in the 17 taken by Tyrell Fuimaono and Matt Dufty while Issac Luke left the club during the week to join Brisbane Broncos with Jacob Host taking his place on the bench.

CRONULLA SHARKS

Starting 13: Kennedy, Katoa, Dugan, Ramien, Hiroti, Johnson, Townsend, Fifita, Brailey, Woods, Nikora, Graham, Williams – Interchanges: Tracey, Hamlin-Uele, Rudolf, Sorensen – Reserves: Talakai, Ferris

Unavailable: Cameron King (Injured), Bronson Xerri (Disciplinary), Ronaldo Mulitalo (Injured), Matt Moylan (Injured)

  • Cronulla Sharks picked up their first win of 2020 as they came out on top of a scrappy affair with North Queensland Cowboys but they know they still have to make big improvements if that victory is to be built upon.
  • The Sharks were still sloppy as they made errors but were able to capitalise on the 17 made by their opponents as they were able to come away from Townsville with a 16-26 victory despite spending almost five minutes less with the ball than the Cowboys.
  • Andrew Fifita has been named in the starting line-up following a calf injury while Chad Townsend has also been named in the halves with Matt Moylan pulling out 24 hours before kick-off with a tight hamstring and he joins Ronaldo Mulitalo on the sidelines with Mawene Hiroti replacing him on the wing.

THE PREDICTION

Paul McGregor was given the backing of his board this week despite his St. George Illawarra Dragons side suffering yet another defeat on the back of a poor effort. They were outplayed by Canterbury Bulldogs with an insipid display and the writing could be on the wall for the embattled head coach if the Dragons fail to beat Cronulla Sharks here. The Sharks were far from fluent in their win over North Queensland Cowboys last week but should be buoyed by their first win of the campaign as well as getting some key players back and they should be able to make it back-to-back victories.

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