Preview: Round 21 v Newcastle Knights
By Nathan Beuman
The St George Illawarra Dragons will host the Newcastle Knights at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday (2.00pm).
The Dragons will be looking to clinch two crucial competition points against a team they defeated 13-0 earlier on in the season.
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The Dragons have failed to crack 18 points for seven consecutive weeks which is something that will be of concern to Head Coach Paul McGregor.
If the team do manage to come away with the win and other results go their way, the Red-and-Whites could find themselves in the top eight by Monday.
The Knights have had a season they would rather forget, winning only six games to date, only two which have come since round four, resulting in the termination of Head Coach Rick Stone's contract.
Ball control has been a big problem for both sides this season, with the Knights making 182 errors so far in 2015, just two more than their opponents this Sunday.
McGregor has made very few changes to his line-up this week, with Ben Creagh getting a start in the #10 jersey, meaning Will Matthews moves back to the intechange bench.
In the only other change, Craig Garvey picks up a bench spot, with Heath L’Estrange set to take the field for the Illawarra Cutters in the NSW Cup.
Meanwhile for the Knights, Kurt Gidley has been named at the fullback position, meaning Jake Mamo moves to the wing, Sione Mata’utai to the centres, and Carlos Tuimavave to wear #6.
The Dragons have dominated their rivals over the years, winning 20 of their 30 match-ups since 1999, with a 50% split at Jubilee Oval.
The Dragons have had an even better strike rate in recent times, winning four of their last five against the Knights, including a 13-0 victory over them at Hunter Stadium back in Round 5.