The St George Illawarra Dragons will face the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah on Friday, May 21. This is your Round 11 game guide.
Ramsey, McCullough, debutant provide positives
Cody Ramsey has arrived at a big moment in his young career after being named to start at fullback for the first time in the NRL.
Most comfortable in the custodian role, Ramsey will be able to truly showcase why he has been signed long-term by the Dragons following Matt Dufty's inconvenient AC joint injury.
Andrew McCullough (eye) has been named at hooker after being cleared of any facial fractures in a boon for the Red V in what was an otherwise horror Magic Round for the club.
Training contracted front-rower Jaiyden Hunt will become St George Illawarra player No. 247 if given the nod for the Sharks. He has been named on the interchange alongside new faces Kaide Ellis and Talatau Amone.
Otherwise, Jordan Pereira (suspension) and last start interchange player Max Feagai are named on the wing. Billy Burns has been named in the centres while Jackson Ford returns to the fold in the back row. Poasa Faamausili will also start at lock.
Suspensions decimate Dragons
St George Illawarra on Monday took the early guilty plea on all five charges levelled at four Dragons players by the NRL match review committee following Magic Round.
Tyrell Fuimaono – who was sent off 11 minutes into the game for his hit on Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen – will miss five weeks.
Fuimaono was charged with a grade one reckless high tackle which was amplified by a similar and non-similar offence each over the last two years.
Josh McGuire will also miss five weeks after taking an early guilty plea on a grade three dangerous contact charge on Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr.
McGuire's four non-similar offence and one similar charge over the last two years as well as 47 carryover points did not help his cause.
The dual Samoan and Australian international has also accepted a $2600 fine for a grade one careless high tackle on Storm centre Justin Olam.
Tariq Sims and Mikaele Ravalawa – who have also had their own respective offences in the last two years – will miss one and two weeks respectively.
Sims copped a grade two dangerous contact charge while Ravalawa was hit with his second shoulder charge offence in two games.
Beale's last Red V local derby a sign?
St George Illawarra player No. 165 Gerard Beale has returned to the Dragons on a training contract.
Beale played 31 NRL games for the Dragons across the 2013 and 2014 seasons and while he won't feature this Friday night, the hope is that history repeats as far as his last meeting against the Sharks in Dragons colours goes.
The last time Beale donned the Red V in a Cronulla local derby (Round 13, 2014), he scored two tries in a dominant 30-0 victory.
Johnson lurking in the shadows
Livewire Sharks playmaker Shaun Johnson will feature in game 200 if he is passed fit for this week's local derby.
Named at 18th man in an otherwise unchanged Sharks line-up, Johnson is in line to return from a hamstring injury.
An excitement machine on his day, an intriguing choice beckons for interim Sharks coach Josh Hannay as far as balancing Johnson in his spine with the likes of Matt Moylan and Chad Townsend is concerned.
Away game… at home
The familiarity of Netstrata Jubilee Stadium will not be lost on the Dragons come Friday night, but it's important that the stadium is red and white predominant too.
Round 11 may not be a St George Illawarra home game but how could you deny yourself the opportunity to see a second local derby in Kogarah in 2021?
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Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William KennedyFullback for Dragons is number 1 Cody Ramsey
Winger for Sharks is number 2 Mawene HirotiWinger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh DuganCentre for Dragons is number 3 Jack Bird
Centre for Sharks is number 4 Will ChambersCentre for Dragons is number 17 Talatau Amone
Winger for Sharks is number 5 Connor TraceyWinger for Dragons is number 5 Max Feagai
Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt MoylanFive-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
Prop for Sharks is number 8 Aiden TolmanProp for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke BraileyHooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron WoodsProp for Dragons is number 13 Poasa Faamausili
2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora2nd Row for Dragons is number 4 Billy Burns
2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Josh Kerr
Lock for Sharks is number 13 Toby RudolfLock for Dragons is number 12 Jackson Ford
Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Braydon TrindallInterchange for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Teig WiltonInterchange for Dragons is number 14 Kaide Ellis
Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack WilliamsInterchange for Dragons is number 15 Jaiyden Hunt
Interchange for Sharks is number 19 Billy MagouliasInterchange for Dragons is number 18 Adam Clune
Reserve for Sharks is number 20 Franklin PeleReserve for Dragons is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
- Referee: Ben Cummins
- Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara