Red Hot Dragons Out To Burn Chooks

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Trent Merrin has been one of the Dragons best this year. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 22 2012 – Sydney Roosters 26 d St George Illawarra Dragons 10 at Allianz Stadium
Round 8 2012 – St George Illawarra Dragons 28 d Sydney Roosters 24 at Allianz Stadium
Round 23 2011 – Sydney Roosters 20 d St George Illawarra Dragons 12 at WIN Stadium
Round 7 2011 – St George Illawarra Dragons 24 d Sydney Roosters 10 at Allianz Stadium
Round 22 2010 – St George Illawarra Dragons 19 d Sydney Roosters 12 at Sydney Cricket Ground

Current Form
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Dragons

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The Roosters  will be looking to consolidate their spot in the top four when they face the in-form Dragons  at Allianz Stadium in the traditional ANZAC Day clash between the sides on Thursday. Taking out a 24-22 defeat to the Raiders in round five, the Roosters have kept the Broncos, Eels and Bulldogs scoreless in the past month, putting on 88 points of their own against Parramatta and Canterbury. Sonny Bill Williams and Mitchell Pearce have been important figures in their side's strong form and are set to play despite missing rep matches with niggles last weekend.

After starting the season with three straight losses that had many calling for coach Steve Price to be sacked, the Dragons have turned things around with wins over the Sharks, Knights and Tigers. Playmaker Jamie Soward, who will link with the Panthers from 2014, has been the catalyst for his team’s revival and his duel with in-form pivot James Maloney could go a long way to determining the outcome of the match.

1st Tryscorer

The Roosters have provided the first tryscorer in all six of their NRL matches this season with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck  opening his teams account against the Bulldogs a fortnight ago. He has four tries already in 2013 and will be high on confidence after being named in the Kiwi squad for the ANZAC Test against Australia last week.

Australian winger Brett Morris  made a slow start to the new campaign but has started to hit his straps in recent weeks, bagging the first try of the match twice in the past month. He was on the scoresheet for the Kangaroos against New Zealand as well and will want to keep his good form up with State Of Origin just around the corner.

Prediction – Although the Dragons have won the past five ANZAC day meetings between these clubs and go into this match off the back of three straight wins, it is hard not to like the Roosters given the way that they have gone about their business this season. They have been one of the best defensive teams in the competition and will be tough for the Dragons inconsistent playmakers to crack. Sydney Roosters 13+

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