Josh Mercer previews the round seven clash between the Sydney Roosters and the St. George-Illawarra Dragons. This is what we have to look forward to.
After racking up two big wins against the Broncos and the Bulldogs, the Roosters took on an undefeated Eels team and came up trumps. In what was a very physical encounter, the Roosters endured a spirited comeback from the top-of-the-table Eels to get the win.
St. George-Illawarra Dragons
After a horrible start to the season – one which saw Paul McGregor looking like he may be the first coaching casualty of 2020 – the Dragons won two in a row when they defeated arch-rivals the Sharks and the hapless Titans. Can they rack up three wins in a row?
1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joey Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Victor Radley 14 Sam Verrills 15. Isaac Liu 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsey Collins 18. Sitili Tupouniua 19. Mitchell Aubusson 20. Ryan Hall 21. Lachlan Lam
St. George Illawarra Dragons
1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Trent Merrin 14. Ben Hunt 15. Josh Kerr 16. Jacob Host 17. Jackson Ford 18. Korbin Sims 19. Tristan Sailor 20. Timoteo Lafai 21. Billy Brittain.
Since 1998 the Roosters and Dragons have played 41 games, both teams have won 20 each and there has been one draw.
BATTLE TO WATCH
Adam Clune v Kyle Flanagan
The battle between halves Adam Clune and Kyle Flanagan will be one to watch. Flanagan is starting to find his feet in the star-studded Roosters side and each game he gains confidence. Clune had a big job to do coming into the team, especially after the loss to the Bulldogs, but he has done a good job in the number seven jumper in the wins over the Sharks and the Titans.
Roosters by 14.
Date: Friday, June 26
Venue: Bankwest Stadium