St George Illawarra Dragons vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog
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St George-Illa. Vs. Warriors
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 26 August, 2012
|WIN Stadium, Wollongong, NSW|
|St George-Illa. 38 defeated Warriors 6|
|Referee: Jared Maxwell|
|Touch judges: J Walsh & Shane Rehm|
The St George Illawarra Dragons are out of finals contention but will be keen to finish the season on a high when they face a New Zealand Warriors side in turmoil. Join us for NRL live scores and blog from 5.30pm AEST.
The Dragons officially waved goodbye to their finals hopes after succumbing to the Cowboys on Monday night.
Steve Price’s men tried hard and looked well on course for victory in the second half, but North Queensland proved too strong in the end thanks to the performances of Matt Bowen and Johnathon Thurston.
Despite the loss, the Dragons now possess a great opportunity to get back in the winner’s circle when they face the Warriors tonight.
New Zealand is in turmoil at the moment, due to a five match losing streak that has cost former head coach Brian McClennan his job.
Last week’s 16-18 loss to the lowly Panthers at home was the last straw for McClennan, who failed to get the most out of a club that had contested the 2011 NRL grand final.
Despite their struggles in attack this season, the Dragons will fancy their chances of racking up a score against the Warriors tonight.
The Warriors have played like a team without hope for the past two weeks and it remains to be seen if they are prepared to turn the corner with just two weeks remaining in the regular season.
On paper, New Zealand certainly possesses the talent to outplay the Dragons, but the likes of Feleti Mateo, Shaun Johnson and James Maloney have underperformed significantly in recent weeks.
With a new caretaker coach on board however, don’t be surprised to see the Warriors play their best footy if Parramatta’s recent form under a caretaker coach is anything to go by.
However, given that this is the last home game for Dragons stalwarts Ben Hornby and Dean Young, expect the Red V to give their fans something to cheer about as they farewell two of St George Illawarra’s best players.
Dragons by 4.