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Preview: Round 14 v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

The St George Illawarra Dragons return to action when they host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday Monday (4.00pm).

Head Coach Paul McGregor has made only the one change to the side that defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 14-10 prior to the Bye Round, with utility Siliva Havili set to come off the bench in lieu of teammate Josh McCrone who has been named at hooker for the Illawarra Cutters.

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The Dragons, who are a perfect 5-0 at home this season, will look to make it three wins from their last four starts and enter the top eight for the first time this year.

One of their major improvements over the last month has been the Dragons’ completion rate, completing at least 84% in their last three games, as well as breaking the line six times in their last two.

St George Illawarra Dragons

Position

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Jason Nightingale

Fullback

Will Hopoate

Kalifa Faifai Loa

Wing

Curtis Rona

Euan Aitken

Centre

Josh Morris

Tim Lafai

Centre

Kerrod Holland

Kurt Mann

Wing

Sam Perrett

Gareth Widdop

Five-Eighth

Josh Reynolds

Benji Marshall

Halfback

Moses Mbye

Leeson Ah Mau

Prop

Aiden Tolman

Mitch Rein

Hooker

Michael Lichaa

Russell Packer

Prop

James Graham

Tyson Frizell

Second Row

Josh Jackson

Joel Thompson

Second Row

Raymond Faitala-Mariner

Mike Cooper

Lock

David Klemmer

 

Interchange

 

Dunamis Lui

 

Sam Kasiano

Will Matthews

 

Adam Elliot

Siliva Havili

 

Tim Browne

Jake Marketo

 

Craig Garvey

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Head Coach Des Hasler has named an unchanged line-up to the side that went down to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18 at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park in Round 13.

The Bulldogs have struggled to put together a complete performance in recent weeks, losing their last two games, despite starting the season with five wins from their first six games.

Despite their recent struggles, the Bulldogs are still a very dangerous attacking side, sitting in the top five of many of the major offensive stats, including points scored, tries, line breaks and offloads.

 

St George Illawarra Dragons (9th)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (7th)

Record

6 wins, 6 losses

7 wins, 6 losses

Points

143

16th

279

5th

Tries

24

16th

51

5th

Line Breaks

27

16th

57

4th

Tackle Busts

328

9th

282

15th

Offloads

114

11th

146

5th

Tackles

4193

7th

4300

4th

Missed Tackles

308

11th

343

6th

Head to Head: James Graham vs. Russell Packer

Bulldogs captain James Graham has been in career best form this year, leading the competition in hit-ups, runs and running metres by some distance.

The England international is averaging a whopping 17 hit ups a game, 2.3 more than any other player who has played every game this season.

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Dragons prop Packer has gone to another level over the last six weeks too, racking up more than 116 metres in five of his last six games, including 131 against the Cowboys a fortnight ago.

History (Since 1999)

The Dragons have won only once from their previous eight encounters against the Bulldogs dating back to 2012.

The Dragons have win 11 of their previous 30 meetings since 1999.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

21

August 5, 2013

Loss

 

St George Illawarra Dragons – 20

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – 39

UOW Jubilee Oval,

Kogarah

9

May 11, 2014

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons – 6

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – 38

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

6

April 12, 2015

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons – 31

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – 6

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

13

June 8, 2015

Loss

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – 29

St George Illawarra Dragons – 16

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

QF

September 12, 2015

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons – 11

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – 10

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

Key Quotes

“I would love to get back out there and put it to their forward pack if given the all clear.” – Jack de Belin

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"They've been one of the benchmarks this year on the field and their forward pack has been pretty impressive so it's going to be a tough ask and we'll just have to match that." – Benji Marshall

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Match Day Details

Venue: ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park
Gates Open: 1:40pm
NYC: 1:45pm
NRL: 4:00pm

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