A Confusing Halves Tale For Dragons

Source: Sam Ruttyn/foxsports.com.au
The Dragons desperately need to breathe fire again. Source: Sam Ruttyn/foxsports.com.au
St George-Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs
ANZ Stadium
Sunday May 11 – 3:05 PM (AEST)

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Dragons:
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Bulldogs: WWWWW

While the whole Benji Marshall saga played out during the week, it took the focus away from the real issue facing the St George-Illawarra Dragons . They need to settle on a halves combination and crack a win. After starting the season in spectacular fashion, they have slowly slipped out of the top 8, winning only one of their past five matches. While the Canterbury Bulldogs  are flying high, only dropping two games so far this season.

Using five halves combinations so far this year, you can see why the Dragons are unable to find any real structure. With Gareth Widdop playing at five-eighth, the Dragons have employed Michael Witt, Sam Williams, Adam Quinlan and Kyle Stanley at halfback. This week it’s Sam Williams trying his luck in the No.7 jersey, replacing Michael Witt. Joel Thompson has been named in the centres, with Nathan Green shifting to the wing for the injured Jason Nightingale (knee). Dan Hunt starts up front, with Jack Stockwell relegated to the bench. Bronson Harrison moves to the second row for Thompson, with Leeson Ah Mau added to the interchange.

It seems the Dogs have their bite back. After being knocked out of the finals last year by Newcastle, the Bulldogs came into the season with their heads down. With a loss in round 1 to the Broncos, the Doggies banded together and started putting some outstanding performances together. Smashing the Sharks and Storm, they won three games in a row by only 1 point, showing they also had the grit to win the tight games. Tim Lafai returns into the centres with Moses Mbye moving to an extended bench.

The Doggies should be too strong. The Dragons will put up a fight, but in the end, the boys from Bellmore should get the points in this one.

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