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NRL Match Preview: Sydney Roosters vs St George Illawarra Dragons

Date:Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off:7:30pm

Roosters:1.Anthony Minichiello (c) 2.Nene Macdonald 3.Michael Jennings 4.Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5.Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6.James Maloney 7.Mitchell Pearce 8.Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9.Jake Friend 10.Sam Moa
11.Boyd Cordner 12.Aidan Guerra 13.Frank-Paul Nuuausala Interchange: 14.Heath L’Estrange 15.Isaac Liu
16.Dylan Napa 17.Rémi Casty 18.Vincent Leuluai

Dragons:1.Adam Quinlan 2.Brett Morris 3.Josh Dugan 4.Gerard Beale 5.Jason Nightingale 6.Gareth Widdop
7.Benji Marshall 8.Ben Creagh (c) 9.Mitch Rein 10.Mike Cooper 11.Leeson Ah Mau 12.Joel Thompson 13.Jack de Belin Interchange: 14.Bronson Harrison 15.Trent Merrin 16.Will Matthews 17.Jack Stockwell
18.Shane Pumipi

The Sydney Roosters host the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night in a match that could go a long way in deciding the fates of both sides.

The Roosters are coming off an upset 16-12 loss to the Newcastle Knights and have been a shadow of their 2013 team, winning 4 games less than 2013 at this stage. The Dragons would be buoyed by their last game, a 28-12 win over the Wests Tigers, where they led 22-0 at half time.

Recent history between the two clubs is dominated by the Roosters, including a 34-14 win on Anzac Day. But Paul McGregor has his side breathing fire and this will be no walk in the park for the Roosters.

They welcome back Origin star Michael Jennings, who plays his first game since Origin 2, and will be a little scratchy. The Dragons have named the same side that beat the Tigers, with Shane Pumipi again joining an extended bench.

The Dragons are in excellent form but need to keep winning to play finals football. The Roosters’ season could go either way; a couple of wins could see them in the top 4, while a couple of losses could see them drop out of the eight.

Despite the recent history, I see the Dragons continuing their good from with a close win here, a win that pushes them ever closer to a finals spot.

University of Wollongong alumni and aspiring journalist.

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