Competition - NRL
Round - 15
Teams – Dragons V Storm
Date – 18th of June 2016
Venue – WIN Stadium
Photographer – Robb Cox
Description –

Preview: Round 17 v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

The St George Illawarra Dragons will travel to face the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Monday (7.00pm).

The Red-and-Whites have been climbing the ladder in recent weeks on the back of several recent wins and are now perched just outside the doorstep of the top eight.

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Dragons second-rower Tariq Sims returns to the interchange bench while prop Jack de Belin has been named as starting lock-forward.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Position

St George Illawarra Dragons

Brett Stewart

Fullback

Josh Dugan

Jorge Taufua

Wing

Kalifa Faifai Loa

Tom Trbojevic

Centre

Euan Aitken

Dylan Walker

Centre

Tim Lafai

Brayden Wiliame

Wing

Jason Nightingale

Jamie Lyon

Five-eighth

Gareth Widdop (c)

Daly Cherry-Evans

Halfback

Benji Marshall

Darcy Lussick

Prop

Leeson Ah Mau

Apisai Koroisau

Hooker

Mitch Rein

Martin Taupau

Prop

Russell Packer

Nathan Green

Second Row

Tyson Frizell

Jamie Buhrer

Second Row

Joel Thompson

Jake Trbojevic

Lock

Jack de Belin

 

 

 

Lewis Brown

Interchange

Tariq Sims

Josh Starling

 

Jacob Host

Addin Fonua-Blake

 

Dunamis Lui

Siosaia Vave

 

Jake Marketo

Matthew Wright

 

Will Matthews

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

The Sea Eagles have lost their past seven fixtures, including their last four at Brookvale Oval.

Furthermore, they have allowed 30 or more points in each of the last four weeks, and six of the last seven.

 

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (14th)

St George Illawarra Dragons (9th)

Record

4 wins, 11 losses

8 wins, 7 losses

Points

268

12th

209

15th

Tries

45

12th

36

15th

Line Breaks

48

12th

40

15th

Tackle Busts

362

13th

401

8th

Offloads

141

12th

149

9th

Tackles

4922

5th

5213

1st

Missed Tackles

425

5th

378

10th

Head to Head

Dragons prop Russell Packer will go up against opposite number Marty Taupau in the middle in a match-up that could go a long way to deciding who comes away with the two points.

Packer, who is yet to miss a game this season, has racked up at least 101 metres in seven of the last nine games, as well as 21 tackles in all but one game this season.

On the other hand, Taupau has already spent four weeks on the sideline as a result of two separate suspensions.

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When he has been playing however, Taupau has been one of the Sea Eagles best forwards, scoring three tries in his 11 games, while averaging 28.8 tackles and 11.2 hit-ups per game.

History

The Dragons have not won a fixture against their upcoming opponents at the venue since their 20-18 win in 2008.

Their overall history, however, has been great, with the Club winning 15 of their previous 23 attempts over the Sea Eagles, including six straight between 2004 and 2007.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

4

March 24, 2012

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons – 17

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – 6

UOW Jubilee Oval,

Kogarah

13

June 1, 2012

Loss

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – 20

St George Illawarra Dragons – 8

Brookvale Oval, Brookvale

8

May 6, 2013

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons – 18

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – 24

UOW Jubilee Oval,
Kogarah

19

July 21, 2014

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons – 12

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – 21

UOW Jubilee Oval,
Kogarah

4

March 28, 2015

Win

St George Illawarra – 12

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – 4

WIN Stadium,

Wollongong

Match Day Details

Date: Monday, July 4, 2016
Location: Brookvale Oval
Gates Open: 4.30pm
NYC: 4.45pm
NRL: 7.00pm