St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL live scores, blog
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St George-Illa. Vs. Canterbury
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 15 June, 2012
|WIN Stadium, Wollongong, NSW|
|Canterbury 28 defeated St George-Illa. 20|
|Referee: Shayne Hayne|
|Touch judges: J Younis & Ricky McFarlane|
The St George Illawarra Dragons host the Canterbury Bulldogs at WIN Stadium in Round 15 NRL action on Friday Night Football. Join us for live NRL scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.
The high flying Doggies travel down the highway to meet a Dragons side desperately searching for attacking options in 2012. Canterbury will start hot favourites to down the Red and White in their first fixture in Wollongong this year.
Dragons (10th) were poor in their last start against the Sea Eagles at Brookvale and seriously lacked flair and creativity. Jamie Soward and Ben Hornby need to find some spark and find it quickly if the Dragons are going to be a serious premiership contender this year.
Brett Morris is clearly the man for the home side who can cause serious headaches for Canterbury, but St George need a lot more from Kyle Stanley and Matt Cooper too.
Bulldogs (3rd) have been irresistible so far this season under coach Des Hasler and are dangerous right across the park. The boys from Belmore aren’t just a big side, they have speed and plenty of skill.
Sam Kasiano has been a revelation in 2012 and his ball playing at the line is causing problems for the best forwards in the game. This is a serious problem for the Dragons who lack second phase play and mobility.
The Dragons forward pack not only need to match the Bulldogs, but somehow outplay them. Easier said than done when you look at the Canterbury forward pack.
James Graham, David Stagg and Corey Payne’s impact of the bench will mean no respite for the Dragons.
The x-factor though is Ben Barba. A man becoming just as dangerous as any fullback in the National Rugby League. His ability to find the try line is staggering and the Saints will have to be on their toes.
You suspect the Bulldogs are just too good right across the field for a Dragons side at the crossroads.
Canterbury will have to be poor and the Dragons awesome if the home side is going to steal the points.
Prediction: Bulldogs by 12
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