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

Preview: Round 24 v Sydney Roosters

The St George Illawarra Dragons will travel to face the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park on Sunday (4.00pm).

The Red-and-Whites enter the encounter on the back of a 32-18 local derby victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks to keep their Finals Series chances alive.

Head Coach Paul McGregor has been forced to make the one change, with prop Leeson Ah Mau replacing Tariq Sims on the bench following his ankle injury.

Sydney Roosters

The Roosters have started to turn their form around over the past couple of weeks, beating the highly placed Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys in their last three games.  

The Roosters attack has also started to click over the last three weeks, scoring an average 21.3 points per game, including 32 against the Broncos in Round 21.

Roosters Head Coach Trent Robinson has the benefit of naming a largely unnamed line-up to the one that beat the Cowboys last Sunday, with the only change being the addition of Aiden Guerra onto an extended five man bench.

Sydney Roosters

Position

St George Illawarra Dragons

Blake Ferguson

Fullback

Josh Dugan

Daniel Tupou

Wing

Kurt Mann

Dale Copley

Centre

Euan Aitken

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

Centre

Taane Milne

Latrell Mitchell

Wing

Jason Nightingale

Connor Watson

Five-eighth

Gareth Widdop

Mitchell Pearce

Halfback

Benji Marshall

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Prop

Russell Packer

Jake Friend

Hooker

Mitch Rein

Dylan Napa

Prop

Mike Cooper

Boyd Cordner

Second Row

Tyson Frizell

Mitchell Aubusson

Second Row

Joel Thompson

Sio Siua Taukeiaho

Lock

Jack de Belin

 

 

 

Sam Moa

Interchange

Leeson Ah Mau

Isaac Liu

 

Will Matthews

Ryan Matterson

 

Jacob Host

Kane Evans

 

Jake Marketo

Aidan Guerra

 

Luciano Leilua

Head to Head (Kurt Mann vs. Latrell Mitchell)

In a battle of the each club’s leading try scorer, Kurt Mann and Latrell Mitchell are set to face off against each other on the wing.

Mann, who is four years older than Mitchell, has been one of the Dragons best this season, scoring eight tries in 10 games, while running for an average of 92.7 metres per match.

Still in his first year of first-grade, Mitchell is yet to miss a game, scoring 12 tries in 20 appearances for the tri-colors, while racking up an impressive 2171 running metres.

 

Sydney Roosters (15th)

St George Illawarra Dragons (11th)

Record

5 wins, 16 losses

9 wins, 12 losses

Points

375

13th

289

14th

Tries

66

13th

49

15th

Line Breaks

79

11th

58

15th

Tackle Busts

656

3rd

586

7th

Offloads

248

3rd

229

8th

Tackles

7202

3rd

7373

2nd

Missed Tackles

539

12th

543

11th

History (Since 1999)

The Dragons have had the wood over the Roosters since 1999, winning 19 of the 35 contests, including seven of eighth between 2009 and 2012.

The Red-and-Whites also got the better of the tri-colours earlier this year, taking out a narrow two point win on ANZAC Day.

The Red-and-Whites biggest win in recent years came against the Roosters with a 32-8 victory in the 2010 Grand Final.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

8

April 25, 2014

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons - 14

Sydney Roosters – 34

Allianz Stadium, Moore Park

21

August 2, 2014

Loss

Sydney Roosters – 30

St George Illawarra Dragons – 22

Allianz Stadium, Moore Park

8

April 25, 2015

Win

Sydney Roosters – 12

St George Illawarra Dragons - 14

Allianz Stadium, Moore Park

15

June 22, 2015

Loss

St George Illawarra Dragons – 14

Sydney Roosters – 19

Allianz Stadium, Moore Park

8

April 25, 2016

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons – 20

Sydney Roosters – 18

Allianz Stadium, Moore Park

Match Day Information

Date: Sunday, August 21
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park
Gates Open: 1.30pm
NYC: 1.45pm
NRL: 4.00pm

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