Preview: Round 23 v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

The St George Illawarra Dragons will host local rivals the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Saturday (7.30pm).

Head Coach Paul McGregor has named fullback Josh Dugan to make his return from injury, while second-rowers Tyson Frizell and Joel Thompson return from suspension in a massive boost for the Club.

The Dragons have had a lot of recent success at the venue, winning seven of their last 10 games, including six of their last seven against the Sharks.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

The Sharks, who had their 16 game unbeaten streak undone last weekend against the Canberra Raiders, will be keen to retake their position atop the competition table with a win.

After missing last week with an illness, the Sharks welcome back hooker Michael Ennis in place of Matt McIlwrick.

Having scored at least 18 points in all but two games since Round 5, the Sharks possess the second best attacking record in the competition, averaging 25.6 points per game.

The Sharks also have one of the best defensive records in the competition, allowing a stout 16.1 points per game, third best in the league.

St George Illawarra Dragons

Position

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Josh Dugan

Fullback

Ben Barba

Kurt Mann

Wing

Sosaia Feki

Euan Aitken

Centre

Jack Bird

Taane Milne

Centre

Gerard Beale

Jason Nightingale

Wing

Valentine Holmes

Gareth Widdop

Five-eighth

James Maloney

Benji Marshall

Halfback

Chad Townsend

Russell Packer

Prop

Andrew Fifita

Mitch Rein

Hooker

Michael Ennis

Mike Cooper

Prop

Matt Prior

Tyson Frizell

Second Row

Luke Lewis

Joel Thompson

Second Row

Wade Graham

Jack de Belin

Lock

Paul Gallen

 

 

 

Tariq Sims

Interchange

Ricky Leutele

Will Matthews

 

Chris Heighington

Jacob Host

 

Jayson Bukuya

Jake Marketo

 

Joseph Paulo

Luciano Leilua

 

 

Head To Head (Josh Dugan vs. Ben Barba)

Dragons fullback Josh Dugan will make his return from a jaw injury which has sidelined him for the previous four rounds.

In his two games prior to his broken jaw, Dugan ran for an impressive 342 metres, had two line breaks, and scored a try.

Sharks fullback Ben Barba is having one of the best years of his career, racking up 13 tries and 14 line breaks in his 20 appearances for the Sharks this year.  

Averaging 101.9 running metres a game, Barba has been a big reason for the Sharks success thus far.

 

St George Illawarra Dragons (12th)

Cronulla-sutherland Sharks (2nd)

Record

8 wins, 12 losses

16 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw

Points

257

14th

513

2nd

Tries

44

15th

88

2nd

Line Breaks

52

15th

99

2nd

Tackle Busts

545

8th

651

2nd

Offloads

211

8th

75

2nd

Tackles

7084

2nd

5975

16th

Missed Tackles

527

10th

520

11th

History (Since 1999)

The Dragons and Sharks share an 18-all head-to-head split since 1999, with only a 2001 clash at the Allianz Stadium, Moore Park ending in a 26-all draw.

While the Dragons have lost their last two against the Sharks, they have won 10 of their last 15.

The Red-and-Whites record against the Sharks at UOW Jubilee Oval however is great, coming away with the two competition points on six of eight occasions, including their last three.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

3

March 22, 2014

Win

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 – 14 St George Illawarra Dragons

Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

13

June 7, 2014

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons 30 – 0 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

WIN Stadium, Wollongong

12

May 31, 2015

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons 46 – 6 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

18

July 12, 2015

Loss

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 28 – 8 St George Illawarra Dragons

Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

2

March 13, 2016

Loss

Cronulla Sharks 30 – 2 St George Illawarra Dragons

Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

Match Day Details

Date: Saturday, August 13
Venue: UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah
Gates Open: 5.00pm
NYC: 5.15pm
NRL: 7.30pm
Broadcast: FOX Sports

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