Round 21 Preview: St George Illawarra Dragons vs NZ Warriors


St George Illawarra Dragons vs New Zealand Warriors
WIN Stadium
Saturday, 4th of August, 2018
3pm AEST

Team Lists

Dragons: 1 Matt Dufty, 2 Jordan Pereira, 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 Blake Lawrie, 20 Zachary Lomax, 21 Mitchell Allgood
Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2 David Fusitu’a, 3 Gerard Beale, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 James Gavet, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 11 Isaiah Papali’i, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair
Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga, 15 Simon Mannering, 16 Leivaha Pulu, 17 Bunty Afoa
Reserves: 18 Peta Hiku, 20 Mason Lino, 21 Sam Lisone, 22 Joseph Vuna
Match Preview

The St George Illawarra Dragons and the New Zealand Warriors are going into battle in the first game of Super Saturday, with both teams looking to make amends after last weeks capitulations. The Dragons did not play that poorly, with the exception of the first 20 minutes. They let the Roosters get away and they just could not get back into the game, despite the best efforts of Ben Hunt. 

The Warriors looked the goods in the first half, with Shaun Johnson exploding early to give them the lead before the Titans ran right over the top to securing a great home win. With Tohu Harris still out thanks to a new knee injury, and the Warriors still mathematically not safe as of yet, a win would finally cement themselves in the 8. 

Key Match Up 

The two spines in this game are quite possibly the two most lethal spines when they are on, with the Dragons having some incredible strike power from close. Matt Dufty can run through a defensive line from almost anywhere on the field, with Widdop and Hunt starting to find their form. Ben Hunt in particular has been special in the last few weeks, while Cam McInnes has been consistency solid all year. 

You could almost copy and paste what was said about the Dragons for the Warriors. Blake Green has been the most underrated signing of the year, while Shaun Johnson has been one of the best the Warriors have had. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck seems to rack up 200 metres games for fun, while Isaac Luke is coming back into some career best form after a few years of crap. 

Prediction

The Dragons at WIN Stadium are one of the usual easy bets to take. The Warriors want blood after last week, and the Dragons want to stick in the top 4. It should be a cracking game, and the Dragons will get up on the back of some Matt Dufty brilliance. 

Dragons 28-24 - Matt Dufty anytime tryscorer

Luke

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