Struggling Tiger, Hopeless Dragon

Source: Sam Ruttyn/foxsports.com.au
The Dragons have one victory from their past seven fixtures. Source: Sam Ruttyn/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 6, 2013 – St George Illawarra Dragons 13 d Wests Tigers 12 at SCG
Round 23, 2012 – Wests Tigers 22 d St George Illawarra Dragons 12 at Allianz Stadium
Round 3, 2012 - St George Illawarra Dragons 36 d Wests Tigers 12 at WIN Jubilee Oval
1st Qualifying Final, 2011 - Wests Tigers 21 d St George Illawarra Dragons 12 at ANZ Stadium
Round 22, 2011 - Wests Tigers 16 d St George Illawarra Dragons 14 at Allianz Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 19    Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23 
Dragons

W

L

L

L

L

Tigers

L

L

L

L

L


It isn’t likely to be the highest standard of match played this weekend, but Saturday afternoon’s clash between the Dragons  and Tigers  will pity two evenly matched sides against each other. The pair are 14th and 15th on the ladder respectively with just six wins during the current campaign and have just one win between them since round 16.

St George Illawarra were only overrun by the Sharks in the last minute last weekend and have named the same squad for this match, with Craig Garvey added to the bench as 18th man. With Blake Ayshford ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a fractured eye socket against the Roosters on Monday night, Bodene Thompson comes into the centres for Wests, while Jack Buchanan and Shaun Spence have been added to an extended interchange bench. Tigers skipper Robbie Farah wasn’t named, but will be given every opportunity to play if he proves he has recovered from a broken thumb.


1st Tryscorer

Brett Morris  has been one of the few shining lights for the Dragons in 2013, with the representative winger the joint-top tryscorer for the club with nine tries. He bagged a double against the Sharks in round 23 and is one of only a few St George Illawarra players capable of making something happen in attack.

Journeyman Lote Tuqiri  made his comeback from injury after a year on the sidelines last week and sealed his return to the competition with the opening try for the Tigers. The former Brisbane Bronco and Wallaby has an eye for the tryline and will be determined to add to the 83 four pointers he has already scored in his NRL career.


Prediction

The Dragons got very close to upsetting the Sharks last weekend and their formlines read much better than this week’s opponents. They got within two of the Broncos in round 22, while the Tigers poor defence let in 56 points against the Roosters last weekend and has conceded an average of 36 points per game since round 17. St George Illawarra Dragons by 8

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