2020 NRL – St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters taking place? Thursday 6th August, 2020 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters taking place? WIN Stadium, Wollongong

What is the expected weather for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters? 10c, partly cloudy

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

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

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

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

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons looked set to make an immediate return to winning ways as they raced into a 16-0 lead against South Sydney Rabbitohs last week but they failed to kick-on and succumbed to a disappointing defeat.
  • That defeat could have a devastating blow on the Dragons’ quest to make the top eight with the loss coming despite completing at 79%, although their average for the season is still the fifth-best in the NRL at 79.8% and that will be crucial in this contest.
  • Head coach Paul McGregor has made a huge call for this week’s game with Corey Norman a big-name omission after a string of underwhelming performances with Adam Clune returning after sitting out last week with a head knock while Trent Merrin is also back on the bench.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Starting 13: Tedesco, Hall, Manu, Tupouniua, Ikuvalu, Keary, Lam, Taukeiaho, Friend, Collins, Aubusson, N. Butcher, Liu – Interchanges: Hutchison, Faamausili, Fifita, Bailey – Reserves: Tuipulotu, E. Butcher

Unavailable: Billy Smith (Injured), Victor Radley (Injured), Sam Verrills (Injured), Daniel Tupou (Injured), Angus Crichton (Injured), Boyd Cordner (Injured), Brett Morris (Injured), Josh Morris (Injured), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Injured)

  • Sydney Roosters were again made to work hard for their win as they just did enough to see off Gold Coast Titans last week but they will be eager to improve on their recent performances as they look to maintain their top four challenge.
  • The 18-12 success was on the back of another error-strewn performance and the 10 against the Titans took their total for the season to 137, the fourth-worst record in the NRL and the Roosters will be under pressure to improve that figure in their upcoming matches.
  • They have suffered further injury woe this week with prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves ruled out with Max Bailey coming into the 17 while Kyle Flanagan has been dropped with Lachlan Lam taking his spot at halfback and that also sees Drew Hutchison earn a spot on the bench.

THE PREDICTION

St. George Illawarra Dragons will believe this is a must-win contest for them if they are to have any chance of playing in the finals. They blew a big lead against South Sydney Rabbitohs last week and will be desperate to put that behind them with a new-look halves pairing potentially the key for them. Reigning premiers Sydney Roosters are the side they will have to overcome and they too will field a change in the halves with Lachlan Lam receiving a shot to earn the #7 jersey. The Roosters have performed poorly of late and although they are capable of winning this, the Dragons are likely to be good enough with the aid of a +12.5 start on the handicap.

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