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Manly's Turbo-charged rise up the ladder hit an unexpected hurdle against Canberra but the Sea Eagles will be heavily favoured to get things straight back on track against a disrupted Dragons line-up.

Fullback Tom Trbojevic is highly unlikely to back up from Origin, given the two-day turnaround, but St George Illawarra will be without axed prop Paul Vaughan and three other players following the Shellharbour COVID breaches.

The Dragons have between two and four matches to schedule the one-game bans handed out to the 12 players who attended the party at Vaughan's home and it will be up to coach Anthony Griffin to decide how to distribute the pain.

Manly missed the chance to edge closer to the top four with their unexpected loss to Canberra and the forwards in particular will be keen to make amends after being comprehensively outpointed by the Raiders pack.

The seventh-placed Dragons will be looking back, not forward, at the mass of teams desperately trying to get themselves into the finals conversation.

The rundown

Team news

Sea Eagles: Origin stars Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic have both been rested after Origin III.

Josh Schuster moves from the second row to halfback with Reuben Garrick now the fullback and Moses Suli on the wing.

Karl Lawton is the new starting second-rower and Tevita Funa is the 18th man.

Jake Trbojevic (hip) remains sidelined.

Bench forward Toafofoa Sipley suffered a shoulder injury against the Raiders but will play.

Cade Cust and Jack Gosiewski drop out of the side that lost to Canberra.

Haumole Olakau'atu has scored four tries in his past four games.

Dragons: Origin pair Tariq Sims and Ben Hunt will start the match with the Dragons 1-17. Adam Clune is the 18th man.

Matt Dufty, Tyrell Fuimaono and Kaide Ellis will serve their one-game suspension this week for breaching biosecurity rules. 

Young gun Tyrell Sloan will line up at fullback while Jack de Belin shifts to prop and Jackson Ford comes in at lock.

Warriors forward Jamayne Taunoa-Brown has joined the club on a loan deal for the month of July and has been named on the bench. Poasa Faamausili is the other new face on the bench.

Talatau Amone and Jayden Sullivan were the first two players omitted 24 hours before kick-off.

The Dragons have won six of their past seven games against the Sea Eagles.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Tyrell Sloan
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Cody Ramsey
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jack Bird
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Brayden Wiliame
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 18 Moses Suli
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Gerard Beale
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 12 Josh Schuster
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 17 Toafofoa Sipley
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Jack De Belin
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Josh Kerr
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl Lawton
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Sean Keppie
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Jackson Ford

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 8 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Kurt De Luis
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Josh McGuire
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 21 Cade Cust
    Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Billy Burns

Reserves

  • Reserve for Sea Eagles is number 19 Tevita Funa
    Reserve for Dragons is number 18 Adam Clune

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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Key match-up

Josh Schuster v Tariq Sims: Pivot-turned-edge forward revelation Schuster will be super fresh and raring to go after seven weeks on the sideline with a calf injury. His veteran rival, facing a two-day turnaround after Origin III, will have to lift to match it with the 20-year-old Sea Eagle. Sims has had a huge series for the Blues but will be feeling every one of his 31 years if he takes the field.

Stat attack 

The Sea Eagles have struggled mightily against the Dragons in recent years, winning just twice in their past nine outings against the joint-venture club. And only two of those seven losses has been close - 12-4 in 2015 and 12-10 in round six of the 2019 season - with the rest floggings by an average margin of 27.8 points with a lowest Dragons score of 32. 

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