Competition - NRL 
Round - 25 
Teams – Eels V Dragons
Date – 29th of August 2016 
Venue – Pirtek Stadium 
Photographer – Cox 
Description –

The St George Illawarra Dragons close out their season against the Newcastle Knights at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Saturday (3.00pm).

While the Dragons are unable to qualify for the finals, they aim to end their season on a high and send departing players second-rower Ben Creagh, prop Mike Cooper, halfback Benji Marshall and hooker Mitch Rein out with a win.

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Head Coach Paul McGregor has named an extended 20-man squad for the fixture, with Marshall taking the place of Drew Hutchison, who re-joins the Illawarra Cutters ahead of their finals tilt earlier that day.

Furthermore, centre Taane Milne return to the run on side, while utilities Will Matthews and Siliva Havili have been added to the bench.

Newcastle Knights

The Knights, who have lost their last 17 games and currently sit on the bottom of the competition table, will too look to end their forgettable season on a positive note.

Having played their last four games at Hunter Stadium, the Knights will be hitting the road for the first time since Round 21.

The visitors have been boosted with the inclusion of speedy winger Nathan Ross, while exciting youngsters Daniel and Jacob Saifiti will pair together in the front row.

 

St George Illawarra Dragons (11th)

Newcastle Knights (16th)

Record

9 wins, 14 losses

1 win, 21 losses, 1 draw

Points

313

14th

279

15th

Tries

53

15th

47

16th

Line Breaks

65

15th

54

16th

Tackle Busts

638

5th

548

15th

Offloads

255

6th

212

12th

Tackles

8061

2nd

7797

5th

Missed Tackles

604

11th

835

1st

 

St George Illawarra Dragons

Position

Newcastle Knights

Josh Dugan

Fullback

Jake Mamo

Kurt Mann

Wing

Nathan Ross

Euan Aitken

Centre

Dane Gagai

Taane Milne

Centre

Peter Mata’utai

Jason Nightingale

Wing

Brendan Elliot

Gareth Widdop

Five-eighth

Jarrod Mullen

Benji Marshall

Halfback

Trent Hodkinson

Leeson Ah Mau

Prop

Daniel Saifiti

Mitch Rein

Hooker

Tyler Randell

Mike Cooper

Prop

Jacob Saifiti

Tyson Frizell

Second Row

Sione Mata’utai

Ben Creagh

Second Row

Mitchell Barnett

Jack de Belin

Lock

Jeremy Smith

 

 

 

Joel Thompson

Interchange

Dylan Phythian

Will Matthews

 

Pat Mata’utai

Jacob Host

 

Korbin Sims

Jake Marketo

 

Sam Mataora

Siliva Havili

 

Josh King

Tim Lafai

 

Jaelen Feeney

Luciano Leilua

 

 

Head To Head (Mitch Rein vs. Tyler Randell)

In what will be his final game for the Club, hooker Mitch Rein has been named to line-up against youngster Tyler Randell.

Rein has been one of the most consistent for the Dragons this season, making at least 40 tackles over the last 10 games, while averaging 42.9 tackles over the season.

The 24-year-old Randell, who has played in 18 games this year for the Knights, has been averaging 33.3 tackles per game, and promises to play a big part Newcastle’s future.

History (since 1999)

The Dragons have a great record against the Knights, winning 22 of the 32 meetings between the two clubs, including 16 of their last 21.

The Red-and-Whites have also won their last three against the Knights at this venue dating back to 2012.

Round

Date

Result

Score

Venue

13

June 8, 2013

Win

Newcastle Knights – 8

St George Illawarra Dragons – 14

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

26

September 7, 2014

Loss

Newcastle Knights – 40

St George Illawarra Dragons – 10

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

5

April 4, 2015

Win

Newcastle Knights – 0

St George Illawarra Dragons – 13

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

21

August 2, 2015

Win

St George Illawarra Dragons – 46

Newcastle Knights – 24

UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

16

June 25, 2016

Win

Newcastle Knights – 18

St George Illawarra Dragons – 30

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

Match Day Details

Date: Saturday, September 3
Venue: UOW Jubilee Oval, KOgarah
Gates Open: 10.30am
NYC: 10.40am
NSW Cup: 12.40pm
NRL: 3.00pm
Broadcast: FOX Sports

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