Wade Graham excels against the Dragons. Picture: Getty Images/news.com.au
Last 5 Meetings
Round 19 2012 – St George Illawarra Dragons 18 d Cronulla Sharks 10 at WIN Stadium
Round 6 2012 – Cronulla Sharks 12 d St George Illawarra Dragons 0 at Sharks Stadium
Round 19 2011 – St George Illawarra Dragons 38 d Cronulla Sharks 8 at WIN Jubilee Oval
Round 2 2011 – Cronulla Sharks 16 d St George Illawarra Dragons 10 at Sharks Stadium
Round 15 2010 – St George Illawarra Dragons 22 d Cronulla Sharks 4 at Sharks Stadium
(most recent first)
Sharks - WLW
Dragons - LLL
Experienced centre Ben Pomeroy is set to play his first NRL match of 2013 when the Sharks face the Dragons at Sharks Stadium on Saturday. He replaces Ricky Leutele, who suffered an ankle injury in Cronulla’s 28-4 win over the Warriors last weekend, in the starting side after overcoming a groin injury and is the only new face in the team from that match. Hooker Isaac De Gois will return on the bench after missing the past two matches, with John Morris keeping the number nine jersey after impressing in the position.
After coming into the side as a late replacement for Chase Stanley against Canberra last weekend, Daniel Vidot retains his place at centre in an otherwise unchanged lineup to that which has been named by coach Steve Price in each of the opening three rounds. Expect Leeson Ah Mau and Bronson Harrison to start however, after the pair replaced Michael Weyman and Trent Merrin in the run on side for the third straight week last time out.
Wade Graham isn’t renowned for his tryscoring prowess but he has a good record when it comes to posting four pointers against the Dragons. He crossed the tryline three times in two matches against St George Illawarra last season and will want to build on that impressive record again in 2013.
Daniel Vidot had a good game when given the chance against his former club last weekend and could provide the spark that the Dragons need to ignite their faltering attack. Closer to the action at centre this week, Nathan Fien and Jamie Soward will need to make sure the hard running back sees plenty of the ball.
- Despite going into their clash with the winless Dragons as red-hot favourites, the Sharks will not be complacent at Sharks Stadium given St George Illawarra has been victorious in six of the past eight meetings between the clubs. Having been amongst the best performers in the early stages of 2013 however, Cronulla should be too good for their hapless derby rivals. Cronulla Sharks 13+
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