The St George Illawarra Dragons will contest the Melbourne Storm for the Emergency Services Cup at WIN Stadium, Melbourne on Saturday (7.30pm).

The teams will be playing for the Emergency Services Cup, which was established in 2009 to support volunteer emergency services personnel in both New South Wales and Victoria.

Head Coach Paul McGregor has named an unchanged line-up to the side that went down 34-16 to the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Parklast round.

However, he will be without the services of second-rower Tyson Frizell who was named in the NSW Blues State of Origin squad on Wednesday.

The Dragons will look to continue their excellent form at WIN Stadium, where they have won seven of their last nine outings, including three straight dating back to last season.

St George Illawarra Dragons

Position

Melbourne Storm

Jason Nightingale

Fullback

Cameron Munster

Kalifa Faifai Loa

Wing

Suliasi Vunivalu

Euan Aitken

Centre

Cheyse Blair

Tim Lafai

Centre

Ryan Morgan

Kurt Mann

Wing

Marika Koroibete

Gareth Widdop

Five-eighth

Tohu Harris

Benji Marshall

Halfback

Blake Green

Leeson Ah Mau

Prop

Jesse Bromwich

Mitch Rein

Hooker

Kenneath Bromwich

Russell Packer

Prop

Jordan McLean

TBC

Second Row

Kevin Proctor

Joel Thompson

Second Row

Felise Kaufusi

Mike Cooper

Lock

Dale Finucane

 

 

 

 

Interchange

 

Jack de Belin

 

Nelson Asofa-Solomona

Will Matthews

 

Tim Glasby

Siliva Havili

 

Christian Welch

Jake Marketo

 

Young Tonumaipea

 

 

Matt White

Melbourne Storm

The Storm have been the in form team of the competition so far this season, winning their last seven including knocking off the North Queensland Cowboys, Parramatta Eels and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in that stretch.

Even after losing duo Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk to the Queensland Maroons for their State of Origin fixture, the Storm will be high on confidence after a 46-0 demolition of the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park last round.

The Storm also boast a strong defence having conceded just 26 points in their last six matches, or just over one unconverted try a game.

 

St George Illawarra Dragons (11th)

Melbourne Storm (1st)

Record

6 wins, 7 losses

12 wins, 2 losses

Points

159

16th

311

6th

Tries

27

=15th

55

7th

Line Breaks

28

16th

65

=4th

Tackle Busts

344

11th

381

7th

Offloads

134

9th

145

7th

Tackles

4537

4th

4482

8th

Missed Tackles

335

7th

267

1st

Head to Head

Dragons winger Kurt Mann will be in the spotlight against his former teammates and will have to contest with one of the fastest outside backs in the competition in Marika Koroibete.

While Koroibete hasn’t been in his usual try scoring form so far this year, he has had a lot of success against the Red-and-Whites during his career, winning four of his five match-ups, including three tries in the last two games.

History

The Dragons will be looking to improve upon their showings against the Storm having won eight of the past 32 fixtures.

However, their success against the Storm at this venue has been positive, notching three wins from their previous four starts.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

6

April 14, 2014

Loss

 

Melbourne Storm - 28

St George Illawarra Dragons – 24

AAMI Park, Melbourne

16

June 30, 2014

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons - 24

Melbourne Storm - 12

WIN Stadium,

Wollongong

1

March 9, 2015

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons - 4

Melbourne Storm – 12

UOW Jubilee Oval,

Kogarah

20

July 25, 2015

Loss

Melbourne Storm - 22

St George Illawarra Dragons – 4

McClean Park,

Napier

1

March 7, 2016

Loss

Melbourne Storm - 18

St George Illawarra Dragons - 16

AAMI Park,
Melbourne

Match Day Details

Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Gates Open: 3:00pm
NYC: 3:15pm
NSW Cup: 5:10pm
NRL: 7:30pm
Broadcast: FOX Sports

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