Competition - NRL Premiership.

Teams - St George Illawarra Dragons v Canberra Raiders.

Round - Round 10. Indigenous Round.

Date - Thursday 12th of May 2016.

Venue - WIN Jubillee Oval Kogarah, Sydney.

Photographer – Grant Trouville © NRL Photos.

Description - #NRLIndigenous

Preview: Round 20 v Wests Tigers

The St George Illawarra Dragons will host Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday (4.00pm).

Dragons lock Jack de Belin will reach his 100th first-grade milestone and is part of an extended 19-man squad named by Head Coach Paul McGregor.

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Dragons halfback Benji Marshall has been named to partner co-captain Gareth Widdop in the halves after overcoming a recent hamstring strain and is also poised to play his 250th NRL fixture.

Furthermore, local Culburra Dolphins junior Adam Quinlan has been named in the fullback role in lieu of fellow local Renown United junior Jason Nightingale who reverts to the wing.

Additionally, Taane Milne has been named to partner Euan Aitken in the centres whilst Kurt Mann has been named on the other wing in lieu of Kalifa Faifai Loa who is sidelined with a cheek injury.

This home fixture will is part of the Men of League Round, the round appointed by the NRL to the Men of League Foundation to provide an opportunity for our game to support men, women and children of the Rugby League Community who have fallen on hard times.

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Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers enter the game having been on a win one, loss one pattern since their fixture against the Brisbane Broncos in Round 12.

Despite their position on the table, the Tigers still have a dangerous attack, having scored at least 18 points in every game since Round 10, including an impressive 26.5 points per game over their last four.

Coming off the bye, the Tigers will be without hooker Robbie Farah, who has been selected to play in the NSW Cup this week.

St George Illawarra

Position

Wests Tigers

Adam Quinlan

Fullback

James Tedesco

Kurt Mann

Wing

David Nofoaluma

Euan Aitken

Centre

Tim Simona

Taane Milne

Centre

Kevin Naiqama

Jason Nightingale

Wing

Jordan Rankin

Gareth Widdop

Five-eighth

Mitchell Moses

Benji Marshall

Halfback

Luke Brooks

Russell Packer

Prop

Aaron Woods

Mitch Rein

Hooker

Dene Halatau

Tariq Sims

Prop

Sauaso Sue

Tyson Frizell

Second Row

Josh Aloiai

Joel Thompson

Second Row

Chris Lawrence

Jack de Belin

Lock

Elijah Taylor

 

Interchange

 

Mike Cooper

 

Tim Grant

Leeson Ah Mau

 

Ava Seumanufagai

Jacob Host

 

Robbie Farah

Jake Marketo

 

Kyle Lovett

Tyrone McCarthy

 

Joel Edwards

Will Matthews

 

 

Head To Head (Kurt Mann vs. Jordan Rankin)

Dragons utility Kurt Mann has been one of the most consistent players this season, scoring six tries in six matches, including two doubles and five line breaks.

He will be going up against experienced youngster Jordan Rankin, who has scored seven tries in his 14 appearances this year, averaging an impressive 105.3 metres per game this year.

Mann has been one of the hardest wingers in the competition to contain this season, averaging more than three tackle breaks a game despite only averaging 10.5 carries.

 

St George Illawarra Dragons (10th)

Wests Tigers (11th)

Record

8 wins, 9 losses

7 wins, 10 losses

Points

227

14th

351

9th

Tries

39

15th

64

8th

Line Breaks

46

15th

70

8th

Tackle Busts

445

12th

453

10th

Offloads

163

9th

129

15th

Tackles

5974

2nd

5530

8th

Missed Tackles

430

11th

510

4th

History (Since 1999)

The Dragons have a pretty good record against the Wests Tigers, winning 17 of their 31 meetings, including five of their last eight.

The Red-and-Whites have a 60% winning record against the Tigers at ANZ Stadium, winning four of their last five at the venue dating back to the 13-12 Preliminary Final victory.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

24

August 24, 2013

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons – 18

Wests Tigers – 34

Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park

1

March 9, 2014

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons – 44

Wests Tigers – 24

ANZ Stadium,

Olympic Park

20

July 27, 2014

Win

Wests Tigers – 12

St George Illawarra Dragons – 28

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

2

March 16, 2015

Loss

Wests Tigers – 22

St George Illawarra Dragons – 4

Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah

26

September 5, 2015

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons – 32

Wests Tigers – 30

ANZ Stadium,

Olympic Park

Key Quotes

"You never kinda know what you're going to get from the Tigers. They can attack from anywhere on the field and they're not afraid to play footy at you, so you have to make sure you're turning up at every play," – Jack de Belin

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Match Day Details

Date: Sunday, July 24
Location: ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park
Gates Open: 1.40pm
NYC: 1.45pm
NRL: 4.00pm
Broadcast: Channel Nine & FOX Sports

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