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A desperate Roosters side sitting in 10th spot on the Telstra Premiership ladder shift their home game to Central Coast Stadium for a crucial battle with St George Illawarra on Saturday.

The Tricolours haven't been so low on the ladder at this time of the year since their 15th-place finish in 2016, meaning we'll have to see something special from Trent Robinson's men to get back into premiership contention. 

A four-game losing streak could extend to five if the Dragons have their say. The Red V, coming off a shock 32-18 loss to the Broncos, are in a similiar position to the Roosters with every game crucial from here on in. 

The Dragons got the chocolates in an ANZAC Day thriller in April with the match promising to be another close one on the coast.

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The Rundown

Team news

Roosters: No late changes on game day after Lindsay Collins (head knock) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (hamstring) dropped out on Friday. It means Nat Butcher starts, with Drew Hutchison and new signing Matt Lodge joining the interchange. The rest of their Origin contingent are good to go, with captain James Tedesco and fellow Blues Daniel Tupou and Angus Crichton named. Terrell May is 18th Man.

Dragons: Game day changes with Jack de Belin moving to prop and Francis Molo to interchange while Billy Burns comes into the starting side/

With Jaiyden Hunt and Josh Kerr out, Josh McGuire joins the bench. Captain Ben Hunt will start following his heroics for Queensland in Origin III. Winger Mikaele Ravalawa's hamstring injury sees Tautua Moga join the starting side.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Cody Ramsey
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Dragons is number 2 Mathew Feagai
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Billy Smith
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Moses Suli
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Joseph Suaalii
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Tautau Moga
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Joseph Manu
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Talatau Amone
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam Walker
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Blake Lawrie
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
    Prop for Dragons is number 13 Jack De Belin
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 21 Billy Burns
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
    Lock for Dragons is number 11 Jack Bird

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Connor Watson
    Interchange for Dragons is number 8 Francis Molo
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Egan Butcher
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Moses Mbye
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Drew Hutchison
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Aaron Woods
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Matthew Lodge
    Interchange for Dragons is number 22 Josh McGuire

Reserves

  • Replacement for Roosters is number 24 Terrell May
    Replacement for Dragons is number 18 Michael Molo

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Key match-up

Joey Manu v Moses Suli: The Roosters need a few saviours to get them out of the logjam they find themselves in with Joey Manu often the man to deliver in some big moments. Manu was a handful against the Dragons in April and will need to bring that same sort of style. Whether he remains in the centres or moves into five-eighth again, he needs his hand on the ball as much as possible after his strong showing for New Zealand in rep round shattered records. Moses Suli could be the man to monitor Manu and cut his time on the edge. Suli is enjoying a stellar season at the Dragons with four tries and 81 tackle busts in 15 games.

Stat Attack

Both these sides lead in an unwanted stat - missed tackles - with 569 (Dragons) and 529 (Roosters) respectively in 2022. The Roosters have made more tackles than any other side in the NRL, highlighting the work they've had to do in defence this year.

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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