NRL Round 2 Preview: Cronulla Sharks vs St-George Illawara Dragons



Cronulla Sharks vs St. George Illawarra Dragons
Date: Thursday March 15
Location: Southern Cross Group Stadium
Time: 8:05pm
Cronulla Sharks 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Josh Dugan 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Aaron Gray 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Jayson Bukuya 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen.
Interchange: 14. Kurt Capewell 15. James Segeyaro 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Joseph Paulo
Reserves: 18. Kurt Dillon 19. Trent Hodkinson 20. Jesse Ramien 21. Jack Williams St. George Illawarra Dragons 1. Matt Dufty 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack De Belin. Interchange: 14. Luciano Leilua 15. Kurt Mann 16. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Hame Sele
Reserves: 19. Jeremy Latimore 20. Zachary Lomax 21. Blake Lawrie 22. Joshua Kerr We start round 2 with an absolute Blockbuster of a match between cross town rivals the Cronulla Sharks against the St George Illawarra Dragons. The home side will be hurting after a round 1 loss and with Luke Lewis missing the game through injury they have since added kotoa to the that list after breaking his jaw against the Cowboys. New recruit Aaron Grey is set to play his first game for the club. This will also be Josh Dugans first game against his former club, while the Dragons head into this match with the same 17 that punished the Broncos last Thursday night. One of the key matchups in this game will be the both sides forwards. The Dragons last week completely out muscled their opponents in the forwards which allowed the attacking power of their new look halves to shine and if the sharks repeat last week's efforts the Dragons will run over the top of them just as they did the Broncos and the Sharks will be chasing their tails from the outset. In particular with the forwards will be Origin prop from last year Andrew Fifita against the man that probably should have had his spot by the end of the series Paul Vaughan and I'm suspecting Paul Vaughan will stamp his authority in this game and it will go a long way to earning himself a Blues jersey later this season. The Sharks have been criticised for choosing to play Holmes at fullback, who some believe is one of if not the best winger in the game whilst having two players being Dugan and Moylan in the side that are far better suited to play in the one. And when you've got a guy like Trent Hodkinson playing in reserve grade you really start to question whether the sharks are actually putting their best 17 on the field. Dufty is only early into his career and has already shown more as a fullback than Holmes was able to do all last season and that trend will continue on Thursday night and it really wouldn't surprise me if Dufty is the difference between the two sides. Prediction: The two games these two sides played last year seen either side take home the two points when they were playing away from home and while the Sharks continue to keep playing Holmes at fullback that trend will continue. Dragons 13+.

-Boom

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