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Round 6 of the NRL season continues tonight as the St George Illawarra Dragons take on the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match starting from 7:35pm AEST.
Although the Storm vs Roosters match was rightfully seen as the match of the round, this game sees, somewhat surprisingly, these two sides match up with three straight wins under their belts.
We often see a long-term injury to a key player at a club force others to lift. Since Gareth Widdop’s injury, Ben Hunt and Corey Norman have played some great football.
Norman’s boot got the Dragons home in two golden point games before Hunt put on a masterclass in the 40-4 thumping of the Bulldogs. Two line-break assists, three try assists and two tries himself, made arguably Hunt’s best performance in a long team.
The Dragons’ big forward pack have been able to set a platform for the St George halves, who are quickly forming a dangerous combination.
Paul McGregor has been able to name an unchanged team for this match.
While the Dragons were expected to be one of the better sides this year, the same shouldn’t be said for the Sea Eagles.
However, after a poor start to the season, wins over the Warriors, Rabbits and Knights have the Brookvale faithfully hoping for better things.
Des Hasler has their forward pack working hard for each other while Kane Elgey has rediscovered his best form playing alongside Daly Cherry-Evans.
Jake Trbojevic plays his 100th NRL game and Hasler will be sure to use that as motivation for his team this weekend.
Manly will also field an unchanged line-up.
The Sea Eagles managed to win without Tom Trbojevic last weekend, however his class will be missed this weekend. Paul McGregor’s men look to be building towards something and I expect them to be too strong at home for a gutsy Manly outfit. I’m giving it to the Dragons by ten.
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When: 7.35pm AEDT
Where: WIN Stadium
TV: Fox League
Betting: St George Illawarra Dragons: $1.45, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles $2.75
St George Illawarra Dragons
1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Blake Lawrie.
Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Zac Lomax 16. Jacob Host 17. Luciano Leilua.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
1. Brendan Elliott 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Moses Suli 4. Brad Parker 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kane Elgey 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic.
Interchange: 14. Manase Fainu 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Corey Waddell 17. Toafofoa Sipley.