Competition - NRL
Round - 17
Teams – Sea Eagles V Dragons
Date –  4th of July 2016
Venue – Brookvale Oval
Photographer – Cox
Description –

Preview: Round 22 v Brisbane Broncos

The St George Illawarra Dragons will host the Brisbane Broncos at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Thursday (7.50pm).

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Head Coach Paul McGregor has been forced to make two changes as a result of suspension to both his second-rowers Joel Thompson and Tyson Frizell.

As a result, Tyrone McCarthy has been named on the interchange and is poised to play his second NRL fixture while local Hurtville United junior Luciano Leilua is set to make his first-grade debut.

Both a part of a team which will be aiming to build upon their 13-10 loss to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park last round and return to a home ground which has seen them win six of their previous seven matches.

Brisbane Broncos

The Broncos have been struggling over the last two and a half months, winning only two of their past nine matches after shooting out of the blocks at the start of the season.

Currently sitting in sixth place, the Broncos will be desperate to put an end to their on-field woes and make a run at a top four finish.

Broncos Head Coach Wayne Bennett also has the benefit of welcoming back prop Josh McGuire and second-rowers Matt Gillett and Sam Thaiday for the important clash.

 

St George Illawarra Dragons (12th)

Brisbane Broncos (6th)

Record

8 wins, 11 losses

10 wins, 9 losses

Points Scored

249

14th

434

5th

Tries

43

15th

73

7th

Line Breaks

52

15th

85

7th

Tackle Busts

521

7th

510

8th

Offloads

202

8th

164

13th

Tackles

6648

2nd

6137

9th

Missed Tackles

491

9th

510

7th

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St George Illawarra Dragons

Position

Brisbane Broncos

Adam Quinlan

Fullback

Darius Boyd

Kurt Mann

Wing

Corey Oates

Euan Aitken

Centre

Tom Opacic

Taane Milne

Centre

James Roberts

Jason Nightingale

Wing

Lachlan Maranta

Gareth Widdop

Five-eighth

Anthony Milford

Benji Marshall

Halfback

Ben Hunt

Russell Packer

Prop

Josh McGuire

Mitch Rein

Hooker

Andrew McCullough

Mike Cooper

Prop

Adam Blair

TBC

Second Row

Sam Thaiday

Will Matthews

Second Row

Matt Gillett

Jack de Belin

Lock

Corey Parker

 

 

 

Tariq Sims

Interchange

Jarrod Wallace

Tyrone McCarthy

 

Tevita Pangai Junior

Jake Marketo

 

Jai Arrow

Jacob Host

 

Alex Glenn

Luciano Leilua

 

Jaydn Su’A

Head to Head (Jack de Belin vs. Corey Parker)

Dragons lock Jack de Belin has been one of the most consistent for the team this year, making at least 27 tackles in every game, while racking up 50 or more tackles six times, including three of the last four matches.

Despite having played 16 games this year and making 669 total tackles, de Belin has only nine missed tackles to date, one of the lowest rates in the competition.

The 34-year-old Corey Parker has been having a stellar year also, himself averaging 29 tackles a game and 13.5 hit-ups for the Broncos.

When the Dragons last played the Broncos in Round 6 at Suncorp Stadium, Corey Parker ran for a season high 181 metres and 19 hit-ups.

Record

The Broncos have previously won 12 of their last 14 games against the Dragons dating back to 2009.

They have also had quite a lot of success at this venue, winning three of their last four against the Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

4

March 28, 2014

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons – 20

Brisbane Broncos – 36

WIN Stadium, Wollongong

25

August 29, 2014

Loss

Brisbane Broncos – 30

St George Illawarra Dragons - 22

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

7

April 17, 2015

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons – 12

Brisbane Broncos – 10

UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

23

August 14, 2015

Loss

Brisbane Broncos – 32

St George Illawarra Dragons – 6

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

6

April 7, 2016

Loss

Brisbane Broncos – 26

St George Illawarra Dragons - 0

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Match Day Details

Date: Thursday, August 4
Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Gates Open: 5.15pm
NYC: 5.35pm
NRL: 7.50pm
Broadcaster: Channel 9, Fox Sports

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Despite a narrow 13-10 loss to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs last Friday night at ANZ Stadium, the Dragons played one of their best second halves of football all year, and will be keen to carry that form into the game against the Broncos.

 

Having won six of their last seven games at WIN Stadium, a return to Wollongong may be just when the Dragons need to get back in the winners circle.