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NRL finals preview: Canterbury Bulldogs vs St George-Illawarra Dragons - stats that matter

Trent Merrin in his Dragons days. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)
Roar Guru
10th September, 2015
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The Canterbury Bulldogs take on the St George-Illawarra Dragons in the first elimination final on Saturday night in the NRL finals series.

Here are all the key statistics for the game.

Head to Head 2015:
Bulldogs 1 Dragons 1
Round 7: Dragons 31 defeated Bulldogs 6, ANZ Stadium
Round 13: Bulldogs 29 defeated Dragons 16 at ANZ Stadium

Bulldogs Tries Scored:
97 (4th)
Dragons Tries Scored: 71 (8th)

Bulldogs Try Conversion: 64/97 – 66% (7th)
Dragons Try Conversion: 50/71 (6th)

Bulldogs Offloads: 261 (1st)
Dragons Offloads: 214 (4th)

Bulldogs Penalties For: 146 (5th)
Dragons Penalties for: 138 (7rd)

Bulldogs Errors: 217 (3th)
Dragons Errors: 241 (7th)

Dragons Tries Conceded: 76 (4th)
Bulldogs Tries Conceded: 85 (7th)

Dragons Tackle Breaks: 646 (5th)
Bulldogs Tackle Breaks: 564 (6th)

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Dragons Metres gained: 1443m per game (4th)
Bulldogs – Metres gained: 1437m per game (6th)

Dragons Dummy Half Runs: 358 (3rd)
Bulldogs Dummy Half Runs: 356 (4th) – Average in top 8 (350)

Dragons Kicks in Play: 491 (3rd)
Bulldogs Kick in Play: 470 (6th)

TRIES SCORES AND CONCEDED TIME ZONES

0-20 mins

Bulldogs
Tries scored 26
Tries Conceded 13

Dragons
Tries scored 19
Tries Conceded 23

21-40 mins

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Bulldogs
Tries scored 16
Tries Conceded 24

Dragons
Tries scored 16
Tries Conceded 19

41-60 mins

Bulldogs
Tries scored 23
Tries Conceded 26

Dragons
Tries scored 17
Tries Conceded 17

61-80 mins

Bulldogs
Tries scored 32
Tries Conceded 22

Dragons
Tries scored 19
Tries Conceded 17

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RECORDS AGAINST TOP 8 TEAMS

TEAM PLAYED WON LOST PERCENTAGE COMMENT
Bulldogs 11 4 7 36% Since Rd 18- Biggest loss is 10pts vs Top 8
Dragons 13 4 9 31% Last win over Top 8 team was Rd 12

RECORDS IN CLOSE MATCHES (6 POINTS OR LESS)

TEAM PLAYED WON LOST PERCENTAGE
Bulldogs 8 5 3 63%
Dragons 9 4 5 44%

KEY STATS

Bulldogs:
– In the 12/14 wins Dogs have scored in the first 20 minutes
– Last 3 weeks, Bulldogs have had less than 50% of the possession and still managed to WIN
– Bulldogs are the only team in the top 8, to average less than 50% possession
– Bulldogs last 7 losses the opposition has run more metres
– Bulldogs make less than 10 Errors – They win, anything more and they lose
– Sam Perret has failed to defuse the most number of bombs in the NRL (11)

Dragons:
– Dragons have scored 24 Tries in last 5 weeks – 3rd best attack in the last 5 weeks
– Dragons have scored a try in first 20 minutes in 10/11 wins