NRL match preview: St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters

Date: Friday, April 25 2014
Venue:Allianz Stadium
Kick-off: 4pm


Dragons: 1.Josh Dugan 2.Brett Morris 3.Nathan Green 4.Gerard Beale 5.Jason Nightingale 6.Gareth Widdop 7.Michael Witt 8.Jack Stockwell 9.Mitch Rein 10.Dan Hunt 11.Joel Thompson 12.Ben Creagh (c) 13.Trent Merrin. Interchange:14.Bronson Harrison 15.Tyson Frizell 16.Mike Cooper 17.Leeson Ah Mau 18.Jack De Belin

Roosters: 1.Anthony Minichiello (c) 2.Daniel Tupou 3.Michael Jennings 4.Shaun Kenny-Dowell 5.Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6.James Maloney 7.Mitchell Pearce 8.Jared Warea-Hargreaves 9.Jake Friend 10.Sam Moa 11.Boyd Cordner 12.Sonny-Bill Williams 13.Aidan Guerra. Interchange:14.Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 15.Mitchell Aubusson 16.Isaac Liu 17.Dylan Napa 18.Daniel Mortimer

The Dragons and Roosters clash in the biggest regular season game, the Anzac Day Cup match at Allianz Stadium and with both sides coming off wins this shapes as another classic. The Dragons hold and 8-4 advantage in Anzac Day matches, but the Roosters were convincing 34-10 winners in 2013, Michael Jennings crossing for two tries.

The Dragons did enough to beat the Warriors last week 20-10, with Mitch Rein the star.The Roosters overcame a determined Sharks outfit 24-18. The Roosters have struggled to score points this season, racking up 138 points in their 7 games, while the Dragons have scored 159, second in the competition. With Brett Morris, Jason Nightingale and Josh Dugan in good form, the Dragons could blow the Roosters off the park if they get off to a good start.

Live-wire Roosters winger Daniel Tupou returns for the match while the Dragons have two new faces in the starting line up; Joel Thompson at second row, and Dan Hunt at prop. Nathan Green has kept his place at centre despite a quiet game last week. He must be under pressure from Charly Runciman who is scoring plenty of tries for the Illawarra Cutters in the NSW Cup.

These two sides always put on a great show for the fans and I see this one being no different. The Dragons have a few more points in them and when the game is on the line, they are the ones more likely to come up with the big plays.

Dragons by 8.

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