NRL match preview: Wests Tigers v Dragons

Date: Sunday 27th July
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Kick-off: 3pm


Wests Tigers: 1. Mitchell Moses 2. Keith Lulia 3. Tim Simona 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Pat Richards 6. Blake Austin 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah (C) 10. Keith Galloway 11. Curtis Sironen 12. Bodene Thompson 13. Adam Blair Interchange: 14. Ava Seumanufagai 15. Martin Taupau 16. Dene Halatau 17. James Gavet 18. Sauaso Sue

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. Shane Pumipi 16. Will Matthews 17. Jack Stockwell 19. Nathan Green 24. Charly Runciman


The Wests Tigers host the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

After the Dragons took out the game in round 1 earlier in the year and now Benji Marshall playing for the first time against his former club, this game will take on extra meaning.

The Tigers have named the same 18 that was named before their big win against the Bulldogs. On that occasion Dene Halatau dropped out of the squad. However, he may be required this week with Chris Lawrence rushing to recover from an ankle injury he suffered last weekend.

St George-Illawarra have added Shane Pumipi and Charly Runciman to their squad heading into the game after Nathan Green got the nod over Pumipi last weekend. Brett Morris has been named for his second game back and will be looking to get more involved after a quiet return last week.

The Tigers are surprisingly now the team with the momentum, despite them losing their last two games before last week and the Dragons going on a run before their loss to Manly.

The home sides bench rotation has to be considered one of the best in the competition and with the go forward that they make when they come on, it gives the exicitng backs space to move in. This size and constant threat from the outside backs from the Tigers will be the difference in the game which will have most of the focus on one man, Benji Marshall.



Tigers by 8.

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