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The St George Illawarra Dragons are desperate to stay in touch with the top eight, but face a tought test against the Sydney Roosters at WIN Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:50pm (AEST).
After a strong patch of form, the Dragons have dropped two straight matches and are at risk of losing touch with the top eight. Their last two losses – to Cronulla and South Sydney – were close, competitive affairs but, with a four-point gap between them and eight-placed Souths, they need to start picking up wins.
They’ll be hoping to catch the Roosters in a funk, who come into this match on the back of three fairly ordinary performances. After suffering a narrow defeat to Canberra at home, the Chooks have had to fight tooth and nail to see off the lowly Warriors and Titans over the last fortnight and would be hoping for a lift.
The Dragons have a miserable record against the Roosters, losing the last four meetings (including a 26-16 defeat in Round 7) and 15 of the last 18. The Roosters have alternated wins and losses at WIN Stadium dating all the way back to 2003. If the pattern continues, they’re due for a win tonight.
Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEST)
Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
TV: Nine, Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
1. Matt Dufty, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Ben Hunt, 7. Adam Clune, 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Jackson Ford
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tristan Sailor, 15. Josh Kerr, 16. Trent Merrin, 17. Tyrell Fuimaono, 18. Jacob Host, 19. Corey Norman, 20. Jason Saab, 21. Kaide Ellis
1. James Tedesco, 2. Ryan Hall, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Matt Ikuvalu, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Lachlan Lam, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 11. Sitili Tupouniua, 12. Mitchell Aubusson, 13. Isaac Liu
Bench/Reserves: 14. Drew Hutchison, 15. Poasa Faamausili, 16. Nat Butcher, 17. Lindsay Collins, 18. Daniel Fifita, 19. Christian Tuipulotu, 20. Max Bailey, 21. Egan Butcher