Competition - NRL
Round - 20
Teams – Dragons V Tigers
Date –  24th of July 2016
Venue – ANZ Stadium
Photographer – Cox
Description –

The St George Illawarra Dragons will face the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Friday night (7:50pm).

The Dragons enter the encounter without the services of prop Leeson Ah Mau who is in the midst of serving a three week suspension.

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Consequently, Head Coach Paul McGregor has named an 18-man squad which includes second-rowers Tariq Sims, Jacob Host and Tyrone McCarthy as well as utilities Jake Marketo and Will Matthews on an extended five-man interchange.

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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Position

St George Illawarra Dragons

Will Hopoate

Fullback

Adam Quinlan

Brett Morris

Wing

Kurt Mann

Josh Morris

Centre

Euan Aitken

Curtis Rona

Centre

Taane Milne

Sam Perrett

Wing

Jason Nightingale

Josh Reynolds

Five-Eighth

Gareth Widdop

Moses Mbye

Halfback

Benji Marshall

Aiden Tolman

Prop

Russell Packer

Michael Lichaa

Hooker

Mitch Rein

James Graham

Prop

Mike Cooper

Josh Jackson

Second Row

Tyson Frizell

Greg Eastwood

Second Row

Joel Thompson

David Klemmer

Lock

Jack de Belin

 

 

 

Sam Kasiano

Interchange

Tariq Sims

Danny Fualalo

 

Jacob Host

Tim Browne

 

Will Matthews

Raymond Faitala-Mariner

 

Jake Marketo

Lloyd Perrett

 

Tyrone McCarthy

Tyrone Phillips

 

 

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

The Bulldogs enter the encounter hoping to make amends for the 36-0 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys last round.

The Bulldogs were on a four game winning streak prior to this, scoring an average of 32.5 points per game and holding their opponents to an average of just 18.

Bulldogs Head Coach Des Hasler has also named a largely unchanged line-up, with Lloyd Perrett and Tyrone Phillips making their way onto an extended six-man bench.

 

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (5th)

St George Illawarra Dragons (11th)

Record

11 wins, 7 losses

8 wins, 10 losses

Points

409

6th

239

14th

Tries

74

5th

41

15th

Line Breaks

87

5th

50

15th

Tackle Busts

446

13th

491

7th

Offloads

210

6th

185

9th

Tackles

5910

7th

6293

2nd

Missed Tackles

454

12th

457

11th

Head To Head (Taane Milne vs. Josh Morris)

In the battle of the young and the old, Taane Milne will lock horns with former Dragons player Josh Morris in the centres.

In only his second NRL game, Milne was superb against Wests Tigers last round, running for 162 metres with a line break and seven offloads, and will be keen to replicate that form on Friday.

Morris on the other hand, has played all but two games this year, averaging 105.7 running metres per game, while scoring five tries and seven line breaks.

History (Since 1999)

The Dragons have won only one of their last nine encounters against the Bulldogs, and 11 of their 31 matches overall.

The Dragons did have a great streak over the Bulldogs from 2008 through 2011 though, winning six straight and holding the Bulldogs to 7.7 points per game.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

9

May 11, 2014

Loss

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - 38

St George Illawarra Dragons - 6

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

Qualifying Final

September 12, 2015

Loss

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - 11

St George Illawarra Dragons - 10

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

14

June 13, 2016

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons - 16

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - 34

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

Game Day Information

Date: Friday, July 29
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park
Gate Open: 5.30pm
NYC: 5.35pm
NRL: 7.50pm
Broadcaster: Channel Nine & FOX Sports

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