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St. George Illawarra Dragons
St. George Illawarra Dragons
The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs return to their spiritual home looking to restore some pride when they take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at Belmore on Sunday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 2pm AEST.
The Bulldogs showed signs of life against last Friday night against the Wests Tigers, but ultimately couldn’t get the result, it capped a tumultous week for the club in which they parted ways with head coach Trent Barrett. Interim coach Michael Potter will hope that a return to their spiritual home in Belmore is enough to get the Bulldogs a morale boosting win. The Dragons got their season back on track in Kogarah with a win over the Warriors last start. They sit in 11th on the ladder with five wins and need to start making some moves over Origin if they want to play finals.
The Bulldogs welcome back Josh Addo-Carr for this one, he takes the place of Jayden Okunbor. Corey Waddell knocks Joe Stimpson from the side. Tevita Pangai-Junior once again starts from the bench – it took the switch last week to get one of his best performances of 2022. Cody Ramsey retains the fullback jersey for the Dragons, after a standout performance last week. In the only change for the Dragons, Andrew McCullough returns via the bench and bumbs Jayden Sullivan out of the side.
The Bulldogs historically hold a pretty good head to head record over the Dragons, winning 61% of matches. Last season the Dragons defeated the Bulldogs in Round 9, 32-12. The Bulldogs got one back in Round 14, running out 28-6 winners in one of their few wins of the season. Even with the Bulldogs struggling at the bottom of the ladder, they have been able to jag a few wins against the Dragons over the last few seasons. This marks the first clash between the two at Belmore, the Bulldogs winning just 43% of their fixtures at the ground.
It would be a long stretch to call the Bulldogs the Dragons bogey team. But given just how much the Bulldogs have struggled the past few years, the fact they have managed a win against the Dragons in each of the past two seasons says something. In the last ten years, the Dragons have won just 6 of 20 games between the two.
The Dragons have hardly set the world on fire in 2022, nor do they have a hallmark of consistency. A win against a flaky Warriors at home by six points means nothing if you can’t back it up the next week against the team coming dead last.
The Bulldogs looked better last week, they competed in patches, and scored some points in the wet. They were just two points behind going into the last quarter of the game against the Tigers and kept coming. Sometimes a bit of disruption isn’t a bad thing for a club. It can get them out of a funk and just get them playing some footy. The Bulldogs need to look to enjoy themselves and go back to basics, this is a bigger game for the Dragons than them. They had some really improved individual performances last week that they just need to build on.
I’m going for the upset here, the Bulldogs are due a win and for all the diehards out at Belmore I think they might sneak home.
Bulldogs by 2
1. Matt Dufty 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Jake Averillo 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Corey Waddell 12. Max King 13. Josh Jackson
14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Tevita Pangai Junior 16. Chris Patolo 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Jackson Topine 20. Brandon Wakeham 21. Joe Stimson 22. Declan Casey 23. Jayden Okunbor 24. Paul Alamoti 25. Ava Seumanufagai
St George Illawarra
1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Moses Mbye 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin
14. Andrew McCullough 15. Aaron Woods 16. Michael Molo 17. Tyrell Fuimaono 18. Jack Gosiewski 19. Tautau Moga 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Tyrell Sloan 22. Josh Kerr 23. Jackson Ford 24. Jaiyden Hunt