2023 NRL Magic Round Preview: Tigers Vs Dragons

Wests Tigers are looking to record back-to-back victories when they open Sunday’s Magic Round triple header at Suncorp Stadium.



Wests Tigers Vs St George-Illawarra Dragons
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Date: Sunday May 7, 1:50pm


Tigers: 1. Jahream Bula 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To’a 4. Tommy Talau 5. Junior Tupou 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Luke Brooks 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. David Klemmer 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. John Bateman 13. Fonua Pole 14. Jake Simpkin 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Alex Twal 17. Asu Kepaoa 18. Alex Seyfarth 19. Justin Matamua 20. Daine Laurie 21. Shawn Blore 22. Triston Reilly

Dragons: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Max Feagai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Moses Mbye 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Billy Burns 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jack Bird 14. Jayden Sullivan 15. Michael Molo 16. Ben Murdoch-Masila 17. Josh Kerr 18. Toby Couchman 19. Jaiyden Hunt 20. Jacob Liddle 21. Zane Musgrove 22. Viliami Fifita

Referee: Peter Gough

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Both the Wests Tigers and St George-Illawarra Dragons are in the spotlight for opposite reasons.

After pulling off the upset of the year against defending premiers Penrith Panthers at a wet Bathurst last Saturday night, they are in reach of dragging themselves out of last spot should they win, and the Cowboys go down to the Roosters.

It would be a huge win for the Tigers should things go their way and with Luke Brooks proving a matchwinner against the Panthers in round 9, he will be keen to back up with another performance that could put a stop to rumours he’ll be punted from the club at season’s end.

While Brent Naden may be missing through suspension, the Tigers will welcome back Asu Keapaoa from injury.

At the other end of the spectrum, St George-Illawarra Dragons coach Anthony Griffin’s future at the club remains up in the air following a disappointing loss to the Bulldogs at WIN Stadium last Sunday.

An indicator of whether Griffin has lost the confidence in the dressing room faces a test after a call was made to axe their gun centre, Zac Lomax. Will the players respond or fall apart just like they did after the infamous barbecue gate scandal in 2021?

The Dragons will have reinforcements with Mikaele Ravalawa and Jaydn Su’A returning from injury for what could be a season defining game.

Magic Round has been far from successful for the Red V with a dramatic loss in golden point to the Gold Coast Titans last year crushing their hopes to record their first win at the event. Meanwhile the Tigers are looking to win their third match despite going down in the final game of the 2022 edition to the Cowboys.


Tigers 5, Dragons 5


Tigers by 14 points.

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