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Crownbet Match Preview: Round 13

Wests Tigers will take on the St. George-Illawarra Dragons this Saturday afternoon at ANZ Stadium as they look to turn around a number of disappointing defeats.

Ivan Cleary's side will head into the Round 13 match fresh after the bye last weekend, but will need to bounce back from a run of form that has left them winless from their last three.

The inclusion of Tuimoala Lolohea into the side for the first time comes as a boost for the side, but the omission of Luke Brooks with a hamstring injury is an issue to overcome.

However, those issues are not just for Wests Tigers, with the Dragons set to welcome back captain Gareth Widdop for his first game since suffering a knee injury in Round 8.

Despite sitting third on the competition ladder heading in to this week's match, the Dragons have won just one game since Widdop's injury — a 30-14 win over the Warriors last week.

Both teams will be looking for their Origin players to back up, with Aaron Woods, James Tedesco, Josh Dugan and Tyson Frizell all certainly full of confidence after a big win in Game 1.

When the two sides met earlier in the year, it was a commanding 28-6 victory for the Red V, with Jason Nightingale bagging a hat-trick in the final match before Cleary took charge.

Interestingly, as a Head Coach, Cleary has been victorious in five of his last six games against the Dragons, and has lost just once against a Paul McGregor-coached side.

Sunday arvo footy returns to Campbelltown on June 11 when we take on the Roosters!

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Saturday, June 03, 2017

Time — 3:00pm AEST

Venue — ANZ Stadium

 

TV, LIVE STREAM AND RADIO INFORMATION

TV — Fox League (Ch.502, subscription required)

Radio — Live via AM 702 ABC Grandstand and FM 104.9 Triple M

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referees — Gavin Badger and Peter Gough

Touch Judges — Russell Turner and Chris McMillian

Review Officials — Luke Patten and Jared Maxwell

 

LATEST CROWNBET ODDS

Head to Head — Dragons ($1.35), Wests Tigers ($3.30)

Line — Dragons -8.5 ($1.92), Wests Tigers +8.5 ($1.92)

Latest odds via Crownbet.com.au (18+ only, gamble responsibly).

(Odds correct as of Wednesday, May 17 at 8:30am AEST)

 

CONFIRMED SQUADS

St. George-Illawarra Dragons

19. Josh Dugan 2. Nene Macdonald 6. Kurt Mann 4. Tim Lafai 1. Jason Nightingale 21. Gareth Widdop 7. Josh McCrone 8. Russell Packer 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 20. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin (Interchange: 3. Taane Milne 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 11. Tariq Sims 14. Jacob Host 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Hame Sele 18. Tyrone McCarthy)
 

Wests Tigers

1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 4. Moses Suli 5. Kevin Naiaqma 6. Tuimoala Lolohea 7. Jack Littlejohn 8. Aaron Woods 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagai 11. Kyle Lovett 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor (Interchange: 14. Tim Grant 15. JJ Felise 16. Joel Edwards 17. Jacob Liddle 18. Esan Marsters 21. Michael Chee Kam)
 

Team Lists Update

2:00pm, Saturday — Final 17-man team lists confirmed

 

RECENT RESULTS

St. George-Illawarra Dragons

Round 8 — Sydney Roosters 13 def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 12

Round 9 — Melbourne Storm 34 def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 22

Round 10 — Cronulla Sharks 18 def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 14

Round 11 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 30 def. New Zealand Warriors 14

Round 12 — BYE

 

Wests Tigers

Round 8 — Wests Tigers 18 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12

Round 9 — Cronulla Sharks 22 def. Wests Tigers 16

Round 10 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 def. Wests Tigers 8

Round 11 — Brisbane Broncos 36 def. Wests Tigers 0

Round 12 — BYE

 


THE HISTORY

·       Head-to-Head — Played 33, Wests Tigers 15, Dragons 18, Drawn 0

·       ANZ — Played 12, Wests Tigers 5, Dragons 7, Drawn 0

·       Last Time They Met — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 28 def. Wests Tigers 6 (Rd.5, 2017)

 

TEAM MATCHUP

 

Dragons

Wests Tigers

Position

3rd (16 points)

15th (8 points)

Home Form

Won 3, Lost 3

Won 1, Lost 5

Away Form

Won 4, Lost 1

Won 2, Lost 3

Points Scored

269 points (2nd)

152 points (16th)

Points Conceded

183 points (3rd)

290 points (14th)

 

FINAL SCOUTING REPORT

—   Dragons winger Jason Nightingale requires two more tries for 100 career NRL tries.

—   St. George-Illawarra have the highest completion percentage this year (80%), while Wests Tigers have the lowest completion percentage in the competition with 73%.

—   No player has touched the ball more this year than Dragons hooker Cameron McInness.

 

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