2021 NRL – St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers taking place? Sunday 2nd May, 2021 – 07:05 (UK)

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

Where can I get tickets for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

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

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Dufty, Ramsey, Bird, Lomax, Feagai, Norman, Hunt, Lawrie, McCullough, Vaughan, Kerr, Sims, Fuimaono – Interchanges: Clune, McGuire, Alvaro, Burns – Reserves: Ellis, Ford, Faamausili, Amone

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Suspended), Cameron McInnes (Injured), Ben Hunt (Injured), Mikaele Ravalawa (Suspended), Jordan Pereira (Suspended)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons were unable to put their shock loss to New Zealand Warriors behind them as they fell well short against Sydney Roosters in their traditional Anzac Day clash last weekend.
  • The Dragons were well-beaten 34-10 and in their quest to avoid a third straight loss, they will have to overcome the loss of last week’s starting wingers with Mikaele Ravalawa and Jordan Pereira both banned after making high shots in that game.

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Laurie, Nofoaluma, J. Leilua, Roberts, Talau, Doueihi, Brooks, Tamou, Simpkin, Twal, Garner, L. Leilua, Ofahengaue – Interchanges: Mbye, Utoikamanu, Seyfarth, Mikaele – Reserves: Chee-Kam, Musgrove, Amone, Liddle

Unavailable: Billy Walters (Injured), Russell Packer (Injured), Shawn Blore (Injured), Asu Kepaoa (Injured)

  • It was another week and another shambolic showing from Wests Tigers with that occurring far too often this season alone and having shipped 40 points to Manly Sea Eagles last week, Michael Maguire’s job appears to be under serious threat.
  • That defeat last week means they ended Round 7 with the most points in the conceded column of any side in the NRL but their issues with the ball also came to the fore again having managed just a solitary try.

THE PREDICTION

St. George Illawarra Dragons were unable to compete with Sydney Roosters last week but they have the perfect chance to respond here as they host struggling Wests Tigers. The away side have managed just one win from their seven games so far this season and their defence is the worst in the NRL through those matches. The Dragons have slipped up after winning four in a row and will now aim to avoid a third consecutive loss and with Wests coming under serious scrutiny following another woeful showing, the Dragons can compound their misery in this one with the return of skipper Ben Hunt set to help St. George get back on track.

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