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By Nathan Beuman

The St George Illawarra Dragons will tackle the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Monday (4.00pm).

The Dragons inflicted a large blow to their upcoming rivals the last time they encountered each other in a very much one-sided 31-6 win at the same venue in round 6.

The Dragons will enter the match this time around following a 42-6 victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, their biggest win of the season to date.

The Dragons continue to be the defensive benchmark of the competition, holding the Sharks to only six points, the fourth time this season they have held a team to a converted try or less.

The Bulldogs have been struggling of late, winning only twice since playing the Dragons in round 6 and will therefore be desperate to collect the two competition points to re-enter the top half of the competition table.

The Bulldogs will have the benefit of a much stronger line-up this with James Graham, Trent Hodkinson, Josh Morris and Josh Jackson all set to be added to the 17 that came away with a 41-34 last minute win over the Canberra Raiders two rounds ago.

The Dragons will have to make every opportunity with the ball count, with the Bulldogs committing only nine errors a game, second fewest in the competition behind the Melbourne Storm.

Team News

The Dragons have made only the one chance from last weekend with second-rower Joel Thompson returning to the starting line-up after missing the game against the Sharks with a hamstring injury.  

As previously mentioned, the Bulldogs welcome back the return of NSW Blues representatives Trent Hodkinson, Josh Morris and Josh Jackson, while England representative James Graham returns from a knee injury.

Game Information

Gates Open: 1:40pm

NYC: 1:45pm

NRL: 4:00pm

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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