St George v Roosters

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St George resurrected their 2012 campaign with a solid win over Melbourne last weekend and will hope to carry their form into an all-important game against the Roosters on Friday night. The Roosters season has been plagued by missed opportunities recording four consecutive losses and failing to record back-to-back wins since round six. Disappointing Dragons half Jamie Soward is again absent from the St George team list, with Steve Price opting to stick with the same halves pairing of Ben Hornby and Nathan Fien who provided plenty of attacking options in last week’s win. Brian Smith has named the same team that was convincingly beaten by the Titans last week.

History – The Dragons enjoy a quality strike rate against the Roosters in recent seasons winning eight of the past ten clashes between the two sides. St George recorded a narrow 28-24 win in round eight after a late Ben Creagh try sealed victory in front of a parochial home crowd. The Roosters haven’t tasted success against the Dragons since the final round of the 2008 season.

Dangermen – Dragons winger Brett Morris continues to put his hand up for a Kangaroos jersey at the end of the season. Morris scored a hat trick in last week’s win over Melbourne giving him an impressive eleven try tally from eighteen games this season. Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall has been a pillar of strength for the roosters attack scoring six tries since his return from injury.

Prediction– St George’s win over Melbourne last round was by far their best of the season, expect them to come out firing as they push for a final eight berth. Dragons 1-12 .

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