Dismal Dragons Last Hurrah

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Nathan Fien will play his last NRL match against the Warriors. Picture: Mark Evans/theaustralian.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 25, 2012 – St George Illawarra Dragons 38 d NZ Warriors 6 at WIN Stadium
Round 25, 2011 - St George Illawarra Dragons 26 d NZ Warriors 22 at WIN Stadium
Round 3, 2011 - St George Illawarra Dragons 25 d NZ Warriors 12 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round13, 2010 - St George Illawarra Dragons 22 d NZ Warriors 20 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round20, 2009 - St George Illawarra Dragons 29 d NZ Warriors 4 at Mt Smart Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23    Rd 24    Rd 25 
Dragons

L

L

L

L

L

Warriors

L

L

L

W

W


Despite suffering an embarrassing 26-22 defeat to wooden spooners Parramatta in the penultimate round of the season, Dragons  coach Steve Price has named an unchanged squad for his sides match against the Warriors  on Saturday afternoon, with Will Matthews added to the bench as 18th man. Only the Eels have won fewer matches than St George Illawarra in 2013 and the once proud club will be out to end the season the high after suffering six straight defeats leading into this weekend.

While the Dragons are only playing for pride in round 26, a win for the Warriors could keep their faint finals hopes alive if other results go their way. Dane Nielsen has been named to play after being a late withdrawal prior to his sides 50-16 belting of the Raiders last Saturday, with Jerome Ropati shifting out to the wing.


1st Tryscorer

The Dragons have been a huge disappointment in 2013 but have really struggled in attack, with only the Eels scoring fewer points than them during the current campaign. Daniel Vidot’s  nine tries are as many as anyone at the club this season and he was on the scoresheet against Parramatta last weekend.

Shaun Johnson  has blown hot and cold all season but when he is on song he is arguably the best ball running halfback in the competition. He was at his devastating best when bagging a hat-trick against Canberra last weekend and will hope to continue his fine form against the Dragons.


Prediction

The Dragons have won seven straight matches against the Warriors but have been in terrible form recently, with just one victory since beating the Knights on June 8. Although they historically find a way to win whenever these sides meet, the Dragons are likely to struggle against New Zealand, who have plenty to play for and have won four of their past six away fixtures. New Zealand Warriors by 6

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