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The St George Illawarra Dragons will face the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah on Saturday, July 25th (5:30pm). This is your Round 11 game guide.

Home and away

Stone the flamin' crows, the Sharks are playing a home game at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium? Strewth!

While technically an away game for the Dragons on Saturday, we want to see as many Red V members in the stands as possible for this weekend's local derby.

Email or message us on our social media platforms for more details on how you can purchase tickets to our "away game".

Dufty and Norman want to see plenty of red and white in the stands

On this day

Dragons fans will be hoping history repeats itself on July 25.

16 years ago to the day, a Trent Barrett-led St George Illawarra outfit prevailed 26-14 over the Sharks – at a time where Dragons fanatic John Howard was prime minister and the NRL salary cap was just $3.25 million per club.

Cronulla stalwart Paul Gallen played five-eighth that day, Mark Riddell played in the second row and crossed for a meat pie while Dragons winger Reece Simmonds crossed for a double.

Changes to the team sheet

The Dragons have found a winning formula of late as they sit one win outside the top eight. The only Red V change for Round 11 has come following the suspension of Tariq Sims, bringing Tyrell Fuimaono into the starting side and Jacob Host onto the bench.

The Sharks find themselves in a similar boat, with Toby Rudolf starting at lock for Scott Sorensen (knee) and Siosifa Talakai in the back row for the suspended Briton Nikora. Jack Williams and debutant Teig Wilton are the new names on the bench.

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Vaughany on fire

Powerful big man Paul Vaughan has reinstated himself as one of the premier props in the competition over the past two weeks. The ears of rep selectors would have pricked up hearing about his monster 237-metre performance in the win over Manly, backing that up with another 184 metres in the win over the Bulldogs. His battle with the Sharks' forwards will be one to watch.

Paul Vaughan during the Round 11 captain's run
Paul Vaughan during the Round 11 captain's run

Silence for Stevie

The St George Illawarra Dragons and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will observe a moment's silence for Stevenson 'Stevie' Upulasi who sadly passed away earlier this week.

Upulasi was a member of the Dragons' Under-20s squad, having previously played for both St George and the Sharks' junior representative teams.

The Dragons send their sincere condolences to the friends and family of Stevie at this time.

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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