St George v Cronulla

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Brett Morris returns to his preferred wing position for the Dragons clash against the Sharks. Image courtesy of:

It’s do-or-die for St George when they host Cronulla at WIN Stadium on Sunday afternoon. After losing three of their past four games, the Dragons sit four points outside the top eight and are losing sight of a guaranteed finals berth. If the Dragons are any chance of making the finals they need to start winning, now. They will be lifted by the return of NSW State of Origin reps Beau Scott, Brett Morris and Ben Creagh who have all navigated the origin period injury free to provide a much needed boost to the Dragons line-up. The Sharks injury concerns have deepened with skipper Paul Gallen expected to miss the next few weeks, while Jeremy Smith is still sidelined. Jason Bukuya returns to the back row which is sure to add some much needed punch to their pack after a below par performance against the Roosters.

History - It’s been 23 years since the Sharks last tasted victory at WIN Stadium however blood is in the water after Cronulla held the Dragons scoreless to record a 12-0 win in round six of this year’s premiership. The Dragons will fancy their chances after thumping the Sharks 38-8 in the corresponding game last season.

Dangermen - One of the most consistent performers in the NRL, St George winger turned fullback Jason Nightingale has been a revelation for the struggling Dragons this season scoring five tries and testing opponents defence lines with every carry of the football. Sharks centre Ben Pomeroy has found a pair of fresh legs this season scoring nine tries two of which have been the first of the game.

Prediction – How can you pick the Dragons lately? The Steve Price coached side has been terrible in attack scoring a mere 70 points in their past five games, despite Cronulla’s injury problems it’s hard to see them losing to a lacklustre Dragons outfit. Sharks 1-12 .

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