Both Teams Under The Pump

Picture: Brett Costello/
The Dragons are looking to get back to winning ways. Picture: Brett Costello/

St George-Illawarra Dragons v New Zealand Warriors
Win Jubilee Oval
Saturday April 19 – 5:35 PM (AEST)

Warriors: LWWLL

Both teams are having a very mixed season. The Dragons  started 2014 in great form, winning their first 3 games with some spectacular performances, followed by some below par finishes and a last minute loss to the Melbourne Storm. 

The Warriors  on the other hand are just unpredictable. Rocks and diamonds you could say.

Coming off a very controversial finish against the Storm on Monday night, the Dragons are hopeful stars such as Gareth Widdop and Josh Dugan can shine. Widdop has by far been the buy of the year, proving that he is just as strong without his former Melbourne super-stars, while Dugan is starting to find the same form which saw him in the sky blue jersey last year. The Dragons have named an unchanged line-up pending scan results to Dylan Farrell (shoulder).

Over the Tasman, the Warriors are playing like a team with no direction. Structure seems none existent. While that approach has worked for the Warriors in the past, it seems to be their downfall in recent weeks. Under new coach Andrew McFadden, the Warriors need to find that direction and structure, especially if they want to move up the ladder. Konrad Hurrell has been dropped, pushing Ngani Laumape to the centres and David Fusitua onto the wing. Jason Bukuya comes in for Ben Matulino (suspension) and Ben Henry for the injured Sebastine Ikahihifo (concussion).

If the Warriors show up ready to play, then this game could go either way. But with the Dragons at home, expect them to come away with this one.

LIVE FoxSports 1

Click here to bet on NRL round 7 matches