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The St George Illawarra Dragons will be looking to solidify their position in the top four while the New Zealand Warriors will be looking to recharge their season. Stay up to date with all the action on The Roar with live scores from 2pm (AEST).
The Warriors have won the last four matchups between these two squads and will be looking to bounce back after their disappointing one-point loss to Manly last week. However, the Dragons are on the up this season and need to be beating teams such as the Warriors if they are to show that they have the goods to be this high up the table.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck plays his 100th game for the Warriors in this one and the team will want to get the win for their captain on his milestone.
The Dragons, the winners of four on the trot, have named an unchanged 17 from the team that upset Parramatta last weekend. A few changes amongst the reserves, with new recruit, Josh McGuire named in the 20 jumper, while fellow new boy Billy Burns has also been named to the reserves.
The Warriors have recalled Peta Hiku who replaces David Fusitua, who is out with a hamstring injury. Marcelo Montoya stays in the squad, despite having a head knock in the game last week.
Bunty Afoa and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown are back in the team, on the bench and in the reserves respectively. Josh Curran gets the call up with Eliesa Katoa dropped to the Queensland Cup because of his recent lacklustre form.
The key matchup here will be between the two fullbacks: Tuivasa-Sheck has continued to be the talisman for the Warriors, he will need to play even better than his recent form for the Warriors to win this one.
Meanwhile, Matt Dufty’s form has been sharp as of late and he will be the catalyst in leading this team to victory. He has scored eight tries in his past seven games at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
The Dragons have defied all expectations to begin this season, do they have the goods to continue this hot run of form? Meanwhile, the Warriors, sitting in tenth place need this victory to get their top eight ambitions back on track.
This is the kind of game the Warriors rise for, they love the underdog tag and will go into this game with revenge on their minds after their terrible performance last weekend.
The Dragons will continue their hot form to start the season with their forwards providing too much go forward for the Warriors to contain. Matt Dufty is in sparkling form lately and he will be the catalyst for the victory.
Final score prediction: Dragons 30, Warriors 16.
1. Matthew Dufty, 2. Cody Ramsey, 3. Jack Bird, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Corey Norman, 7. Adam Clune, 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Josh Kerr, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Tyrell Fuimaono
Bench/Reserves: 14. Kadie Ellis, 15. Trent Merrin, 16. Daniel Alvaro, 17. Brayden Wiliame, 18. Jackson Ford, 19. Billy Burns, 20. Josh McGuire, 21. Jordan Pereira
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Peta Hiku, 3. Adam Pompey, 4. Marcelo Montoya, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Sean O’Sullivan, 8. Leeson Ah Mau, 9. Wade Egan, 10. Tohu Harris, 11. Josh Curran, 12. Jack Murchie, 13. Jazz Tevaga
Bench/Reserves: 14. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15. Bunty Afoa, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Paul Turner, 18. Rocco Berry, 20. Tom Ale, 20. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 21. Taniela Otukolo