Fired Up Dragons Face Knights

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Jamie Soward is building a good partnership with Nathan Fien. Source: Bretty Costello/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 7 2012 – St George Illawarra Dragons 12 d Newcastle Knights 4 at WIN Jubilee Oval
Round 1 2012 – St George Illawarra Dragons 15 d Newcastle Knights 14 at Hunter Stadium
Round 17 2011 – Newcastle Knights 14 d St George Illawarra Dragons 10 at WIN Stadium
Round 4 2011 – St George Illawarra Dragons 20 d Newcastle Knights 18 at Hunter Stadium
Round 25 2010 – St George Illawarra Dragons 26 d Newcastle Knights 18 at Hunter Stadium

Current Form

 

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Dragons

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Knights

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After scoring their first win of the season against Cronulla last week, St George Illawarra  coach Steve Price has relies on the same starting thirteen for his teams match against the Knights  at WIN Jubilee Oval on Sunday afternoon. Cameron King drops off the bench after injuring his knee against the Sharks, with Leeson Ah Mau, Daniel Vidot and Jack de Belin all added to the interchange list.

Skipper Kurt Gidley returned at hooker in the Knights 28-12 victory over Canberra last week and keeps the number nine jersey with Danny Buderus on the bench, while former New South Wales five-eight Jarrod Mullen will play his 150th NRL game when he runs out for Newcastle.

1st Tryscorer

Dragons coach Steve Price had a plethora of options at fullback before the start of the season but former Broncos winger Gerard Beale  has had the first crack at the number one jersey in 2013. Although he is yet to vindicate the faith that his boss has in him, Beale has been improving every week and is nearing his first four pointer for the ‘red V’.

Akuila Uate  has already bagged six tries in the opening four rounds this season and was the first tryscorer in his team’s win over Canberra last Sunday and will be the man that the Newcastle playmakers look for when they are on the attack.

Prediction – The past seven matches between these clubs have all been decided by a single figure margin and there looks little to separate the sides  again this time around. Although the Dragons have a great record at WIN Jubilee Oval, winning 11 of their past 13 at the ground, the venue holds no fears for Newcastle who lost here last season but had won their two previous matches here. Newcastle Knight 1-12

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