Round 18 Preview. St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers


St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers
Jubilee Oval
Sunday 15th of July
4:10pm AEST 6:10pm NZ

Jubilee Oval Sunday arvo, need I say anymore. The Dragons host the Tigers in a must win for both sides.
For the Dragons it's simple, win or the chance for the minor premiership could slip and the choking tag will continue. For the Tigers, win or pick what beach resort you will be watch the finals from.

Team lists

Dragons: 1 Matt Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop (c), 7 Ben Hunt, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Jack de Belin

Interchange: 14 Jeremy Latimore, 15 Kurt Mann, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 17 Luciano Leilua

Reserves: 18 Patrick Herbert, 19 Hame Sele, 20 Blake Lawrie, 21 Reece Robson, 22 Jai Field, 23 Darren Nicholls

Key match ups

Dufty vs Mbye
The Dragons mid season annual form slump looks to be setting you for a few players but not for Dufty. The young man seems to get better and better as the season rolls on and will be a key part in the Dragons run to the finals.

Mbye's first game for the club wasn't a great success but it still had it's highlights and with a couple more weeks with the playing group under his belt, will that be enough to change the team fortunes this weekend.

Widdop vs Benji
The former team mates go head to head. Though they dont have the 7 on their back they both control their respective sides. With both players creating their own highlights reel every season, I'm expecting one of these 2 to add to it this weekend. In what could turn out to be a match winning play.

McInnes vs Farah
100 tackles, a try aWests Tigers: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Corey Thompson, 6 Benji Marshall, 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Russell Packer (c), 9 Robbie Farah, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Josh Aloiai, 13 Elijah Taylor

Interchange: 14 Alex Twal, 15 Suaso Sue, 16 Michael Chee Kam, 17 Matt Eisenhuth

Reserves: 18 Jacob Liddle, 19 Luke Garner, 20 Tim Grant, 21 Malakai Watene-Zelezniaknd 2 try assist between them, is that asking for too much? Mcinnes could consider himself unlucky not to earn a Blues call up this year and his road to earning one next year starts now.

As for Farah, it wasnt a happy welcome home last game for the club legend and you can expect him to do whatever it takes to earn his side the 2 points. With the return of Benji to the side, can we expect some magic between the pair. The rugby league lover in me surely hopes so.

Prediction
I'm sitting on the fence with this one currently. The Dragons havent been the best of late and it's a do or die match for the Tigers. But if the Dragons Origin players take to the field I can see the red V taking the 2 points and putting the final nail in the Tigers coffin.

Dragons by 8

Danaan

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