Dugan Out For Dragons

Picture: Mark Evans/theaustralian.com.au
Nathan Fien will face the Roosters on the weekend. Picture: Mark Evans/theaustralian.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 7, 2013 – Sydney Roosters 34 d St George Illawarra Dragons 10 at Allianz Stadium
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

Current Form

  Rd 12    Rd 13    Rd 14    Rd 15    Rd 16 
Dragons

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W

L

-

L

Roosters

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W

L

W

W


If the Dragons  task of toppling the second placed Roosters  on Saturday evening wasn’t already hard enough, it will be even more difficult now with star fullback Josh Dugan ruled out of the match after copping a one week ban from the match review panel for his shoulder charge on Matt Moylan in round 16. Despite pleading guilty to a grade 1 dangerous contact charge, Nathan Fien is free to play against the Roosters but Dan Hunt won’t play after suffering a knee injury against the Panthers.

Both Daniel Mortimer and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck have been cleared to play for the Roosters after picking up head knocks in the clubs win over Manly on Monday night. James Maloney also returns to the side after picking up a facial injury playing for the Blues in State of Origin game two and replaces Sonny Bill Williams in the halves, with SBW shifting back to second row.

1st Tryscorer

Brett Morris  has consistently been amongst the leading tryscorers in the NRL over the past few seasons but has struggled to get across the stripe with regularity in 2013. He dotted down in Origin two and against the Cowboys two matches ago however and could be returning to his best form.

Roosters centre Michael Jennings  is without a doubt the form centre in the NRL at the moment, wreaking havoc down the left hand side of the field. He bagged a double against Manly on Monday night and also scored a brace when these clubs met in round seven.

Prediction

This was always going to be a tough game for the Dragons and without their best player you would imagine that it will be one that will be very difficult to win. The Roosters are flying at the moment in second on the ladder and should have too much firepower for St George Illawarra, despite the fact that they haven’t won at Win Jubilee Oval for 16 years. Sydney Roosters by 6

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