Dragons Defend Impressive Kogarah Record

Source: Brett Costello/foxsports.com.au
Jamie Soward is a key player for the Dragons. Source: Brett Costello/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 13 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 20 d St George Illawarra 8 Brookvale Oval
Round 4 2012 – St George Illawarra 17 d Manly Sea Eagles 6 WIN Jubilee Oval
Round 16 2011 – St George Illawarra 24 d Manly Sea Eagles 6 at WIN Stadium
Qualifying Final 2010 – St George Illawarra 28 d Manly Sea Eagles 0 at WIN Jubilee Oval
Round 23 2010 - St George Illawarra 32 d Manly Sea Eagles 10 at WIN Jubilee Oval

Current Form

  Rd 3    Rd 4    Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7 
Dragons

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W

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Sea Eagles

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The Dragons  may have won just two matches this season but will go into their clash with the Sea Eagles  in Monday Night Football having won four of the past five matches between the pair. Despite being comprehensively outplayed in their 24 point defeat to the Roosters on ANZAC Day, coach Steve Price has kept faith with the 17 man squad from that match, although he has given himself more options by adding hooker Damien Cook and front rower Michael Weyman to the bench.

Last week’s bruising defeat to the Rabbitohs came at a cost for Manly, with both Richie Fa’aoso and Steve Matai coming out of the match with suspensions. Fan favourite George Rose, Peta Hiku, David Gower, Jesse Sene-Lefao and Esi Tonga are all on a six man interchange bench, while Jamie Buhrer will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness after succumbing to a knee injury just eight minutes into the match against Souths last week.

1st Tryscorer

Jason Nightingale  has been in great form since being moved to fullback following the injury to regular custodian Gerard Beale and is the Dragons leading tryscorer this season. He has five tries from the opening seven rounds and bagged the first four pointer against the Roosters last week.

Manly skipper Jamie Lyon  caused all sort of problems for the Dragons last time these teams met, providing two try assists as the Sea Eagles scored four tries down the right edge. Daly Cherry-Evans will make sure that Lyon sees plenty of ball down that side of the field against on Monday night.

Prediction

WIN Jubilee Oval hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Manly with the Sea Eagles winless at the ground since 1996. St George Illawarra has won 12 of its past 14 at the venue and has had the wood over Manly recently but the Sea Eagles did win the most recent clash between the clubs. They were very brave against the Rabbitohs last week and should be too good for the Dragons. Manly Sea Eagles 1-12

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