Rejuvenated Dragons Tackle Bogey Side

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Brett Morris scored the match winner against Souths. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 3, 2013 – Canberra Raiders 30 d St George Illawarra Dragons 17 at Canberra Stadium
Round 17, 2012 - Canberra Raiders 22 d St George Illawarra Dragons 18 at Canberra Stadium
Round 20, 2011 - Canberra Raiders 24 d St George Illawarra Dragons 19 at Canberra Stadium
Round 24, 2010 - Canberra Raiders 32 d St George Illawarra Dragons 16 at Canberra Stadium
Round 11, 2010 - Canberra Raiders 22 d St George Illawarra Dragons 14 at WIN Stadium

Current Form

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Raiders

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Fresh from a shock golden point win over competition leaders Souths on Monday night, the Dragons  will be looking for their first success over Canberra  since 2007 when the clubs meet on Saturday evening. There cause hasn’t been helped by the withdrawal of former Australian international Matt Cooper who picked up a pectoral injury in the clubs 22-18 win over the Rabbitohs and has been replaced in the run on side by former Raider Daniel Vidot. Prop Jack Stockwell comes onto the bench after being 18th man last week.

Josh Papalii wasn’t in Canberra’s run on side last week after taking part in the State of Origin decider just three days earlier, but comes back into the starting XIII for this fixture with Jarrad Kennedy dropping back onto the bench. Blake Ferguson was cleared to return by the NRL earlier this week but wasn’t named by coach David Furner, although there is a strong possibility he will be a late inclusion and will line up against drinking buddy Josh Dugan.

1st Tryscorer

Kiwi winger Jason Nightingale  has been getting through plenty of work for the Dragons of late but hasn’t managed to get across the tryline since bagging a double against the Titans way back in round nine. With Brett Morris crossing for a double against Souths last week, will it be Nightingale who profits from the new found confidence his team has in attack?

Raiders centre Jarrod Croker  is one of only two players in the current Canberra backline to have played more than 100 matches in the NRL. With his side locked in a battle to make the finals this year the club needs its experienced players to stand up and Croker did that against the Eels last week, contributing 10 of the 14 points scored in the match. He will be a key man in the nation’s capital as the club looks towards a top eight finish.

Prediction

Last week’s victory over the Rabbitohs will have been a huge boost to the Dragons confidence and they will go into this clash knowing that they can match it with the best sides on their day. The Raiders are far from one of the best sides in the competition when they left Canberra, having won just one of their past nine outside the capital. St George hasn’t won back-to-back matches since April, but can set that record straight and end their ‘hoodoo’ against the Raiders. St George Illawarra Dragons by 2

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