2020 NRL – St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers taking place? Sunday 15th March, 2020 – 07:15 (UK)

Where is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers taking place? WIN Stadium, Wollongong

What is the expected weather for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers? 18c with some showers expected

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

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

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

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Cameron McInnes (Injured), Korbin Sims (Injured), Matt Dufty (Injured)

  • St. George suffered another poor season as they finished just one place off the foot of the ladder and a poor start to this campaign could signal the end of Paul McGregor’s reign in charge of the Dragons.
  • They boast a handful of new recruits for 2020 but the quality of those signings is open for debate with the Dragons’ matchday 17 likely to have a very different feel to last season after they lost several players who would be deemed as starters.
  • Having conceded 575 points last season with only bottom side Gold Coast conceding more, St. George will need to tighten up defensively but it is likely that they will be under pressure to perform with the ball too.

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Thompson, Nofoaluma, J. Leilua, Doueihi, Jennings, Marshall, Brooks, Aloiai, Walters, Twal, Garner, L. Leilua, Taylor – Interchanges: Mikaele, Reynolds, Musgrove, Lawrence – Reserves: Chee-Kam, Clark, Eisenhuth, Momirovski

Unavailable: Russell Packer (Injured), Jacob Liddle (Injured), Moses Mbye (Injured)

  • Wests Tigers agonisingly missed out on the play-offs last season but will be confident of going one better this year by finishing inside the top 8 as Michael Maguire looks to take his side to the next level.
  • Wests were much better than they had managed in the previous season but still produced some underwhelming performances as they occasionally struggled to post points and that ultimately cost them a spot in the finals.
  • Co-captain Moses Mbye will be missing for the start of the season and Paul Momirovski will have to prove his fitness if he wants to feature having only been named among the reserves when the teams were announced earlier in the week.

THE PREDICTION

Wests Tigers will be targeting the finals this season after narrowly missing out last year. They showed some great signs last season but need more consistency from some of their players if they are to better last year’s ninth place. They head to St. George here who massively underachieved last season and head coach Paul McGregor’s job could be on the line if his side do not start well. Both teams will fancy their chances of coming out on top of this opening contest but in what could be difficult conditions to play in, Wests should edge a low-scoring game that is likely to go under 42.5 points.

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