Date:Saturday, April 5th 2014
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
1 Josh Dugan 2 Brett Morris 3 Dylan Farrell 4 Gerard Beale 5 Jason Nightingale 6 Gareth Widdop 7 Michael Witt 8 Tyson Frizell 9 Mitch Rein 10 Dan Hunt 11 Leeson Ah Mau 12 Ben Creagh (c) 13 Trent Merrin Interchange 14 Jack de Belin 15 Kyle Stanley 16 Joel Thompson 17 Mike Cooper 18 Adam Quinlan 20 Jack Stockwell 25 Bronson Harrison
1 Greg Inglis 2 Nathan Merritt 3 Dylan Walker 4 Joel Reddy 5 Bryson Goodwin 6 John Sutton (c) 7 Adam Reynolds 8 Dave Tyrrell 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 George Burgess 11 Chris McQueen 12 Ben Te’o 13 Sam Burgess Interchange 14 Joe Picker 15 Kyle Turner 16 Jason Clark 17 Luke Burgess 18 Alex Johnston 19 Cameron McInnes
Two old foes battle it out at the Sydney Cricket Ground as part of the Men In League’s Heritage Round. The St George Illawarra Dragons are sitting pretty atop the NRL ladder despite last week’s loss to the Broncos. The South Sydney Rabbitohs are struggling, and have lost three consecutive games.
Making things harder for the Rabbitohs is the return of dynamic fullback Josh Dugan for the Dragons, after he injured his knee against the Rabbitohs in the Charity Shield. Also back are prop Dan Hunt and half back Michael Witt. This sees the unlucky Adam Quinlan drop to the bench.
Lote Tuqiri’s ordinary display against the Raiders last week has cost him his spot, with Bryson Goodwin the new winger and Joel Reddy the new centre. John Sutton moves back to five eighth and Dylan Walker joins Reddy in the centres and this should add a bit more structure to their attack.
The Rabbitohs have been awful the last three weeks and their season is quickly turning sour. Coming up against the number one team who will be looking to bounce back, it doesn’t get much tougher than that. I see the Dragons winning this one easily, especially with Dugan back.
Dragons by 18.