NRL match preview: St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Date:Sunday,May 11,2014
Venue:ANZ Stadium

Dragons:1.Josh Dugan 2.Brett Morris 3.Joel Thompson 4.Gerard Beale 5.Nathan Green 6.Gareth Widdop 7.Sam Williams 8.Tyson Frizell 9.Mitch Rein 10.Dan Hunt 11.Bronson Harrison 12.Ben Creagh (c) 13.Trent Merrin Interchange: 14.Jack Stockwell 15.Mike Cooper 16.Jack de Belin 17.Leeson Ah Mau 20.Will Matthews

Bulldogs:1.Sam Perrett 2.Corey Thompson 3.Josh Morris 4.Tim Lafai 5.Mitch Brown 6.Josh Reynolds 7.Trent Hodkinson 8.Aiden Tolman 9.Michael Ennis (c) 10.James Graham 11.Josh Jackson
12.Tony Williams 13.Greg Eastwood Interchange: 14.Dale Finucane 16.Tim Browne 17.David Klemmer
24.Sam Kasiano 19.Moses Mbye

The 9th-placed Dragons host the 1st-placed Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at ANZ Stadium in another exciting clash between the two sides.

The Dragons have been a little inconsistent in 2014 and can ill afford to drop off in this match against a team that has the form halves combination in the NRL in Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson. The home side has continued its’ half back merry-go-round, recalling Sam Williams, while Nathan Green replaces the injured Jason Nightingale on the wing. Joel Thompson moves from the back row to the centres. The Bulldogs have named Tim Lafai to return at centre and have added Moses Mbye on an extended bench.

The Dragons have been good in patches and their position on the ladder reflects this, with 4 wins and 4 losses. It’s time for them to put in a solid 80 minute performance and with Benji Marshall potentially signing with the club this week, Williams needs to deliver now or face another season in the NSW Cup.

The Bulldogs are clinical and professional and against a patchy Dragons team they will get the job done. Bulldogs by 8.

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