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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog

25th April, 2018

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Dragons vs Roosters

NRL, 25 April, 2018

Allianz Stadium
Fulltime - Dragons 24, Roosters 8
Dragons   Roosters
24 FINAL SCORE 8
4 TRIES 1
4 CONVERSION KICKS 1
0 PENALTY GOALS 1
0 FIELD GOALS 0
 
 
Referee: Ashley Klein
Touch judges: Nick Beashel & Michael Wise
Video Referee: Jared Maxwell
Kickoff: 4:10pm (AEST)
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
TV: Live, Nine Network and Fox League
Last meeting: Roosters defeated Dragons 13-12 (Round 8, 2017)
Head-to-head: 37 played – Dragons 19, Roosters 17, 1 drawn

St George Illawarra Dragons
1. Matthew Dufty, 2. Nene Macdonald, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Timoteo Lafai, 5. Jason Nightingale, 6. Gareth Widdop, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. James Graham, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Jack De Belin
Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore, 15. Kurt Mann, 16. Leeson Ah Mau, 17. Jacob Host
Reserves: 18. Hame Sele, 19. Zachary Lomax, 20. Mitchell Allgood, 21. Reece Robson

Sydney Roosters
1. James Tedesco, 2. Joseph Manu, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Mitchell Aubusson, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Zane Tetevano, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Isaac Liu
Interchange: 14. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 15. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 16. Nat Butcher, 17. Victor Radley
Reserves: 18. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 19. Sitili Tupouniua, 20. Kurt Baptiste, 21. Reece Robinson
Cooper Cronk played through a broken shoulder blade to play in the grand final. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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Match result:

St George Illawarra are refusing to acknowledge themselves as NRL title contenders even after their 24-8 Anzac Day dismantling of the Sydney Roosters.

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Final score
St George Illawarra Dragons 24
Sydney Roosters 8

Match preview:

The traditional Anzac day game sees the St George Illawarra Dragons meet the Sydney Roosters Join The Roar from 4:10pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage.

The Dragons’ unbeaten record came to an end last weekend, going down to the Warriors 20-12. The Kiwis did it without key players Shaun Johnson and Tohu Harris, exploiting the Red V around their edges and dominating in forward play.

Paul McGregor needs his pack to step up against a considerably weaker Roosters side as they look to remain at the top of the table.

Ben Hunt and Jack De Belin led the way last week and will be required to deliver similar performances in what is usually a close contest.

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McGregor has made one change, with Jacob Host promoted to the bench in place of Hame Sele.

Last time out, the Roosters got up 6-0 over the Bulldogs, although they were dominated by Canterbury in the middle of the park.

Trent Robinson’s forwards have been a weakness throughout 2018 and while the return of Sio Siua Taukeiaho off the bench will help, they still require a stronger platform from their men in the middle.

The Anzac Day Cup has been an annual fixture since 2002, with the Dragons winning ten fixtures to the Roosters’ five, with the last three all decided by two points or less.

Overall, 37 games have been played since St George merged with Illawarra in 1999, seeing the joint venture rack up 19 wins to the Tricolours’ 17, with one match drawn.

Last time these two rivals met was in the corresponding fixture last year, the Roosters winning 13-12 after a Mitchell Pearce field goal in golden point.

Prediction
St George Illawarra will bounce back from their loss to the Warriors with a tight win.

Dragons by 2.

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