Dragons Keen For A Flying Start

Gareth Widdop. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Englishman Gareth Widdop will revel in the conditions on Saturday morning. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au

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Wolves v Dragons


Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Saturday January 21 – 6:00 AM (AEST)


 

 


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It may only be an exhibition match, but St George-Illawarra has a point to prove on Saturday morning (AEST) when they face Warrington in England.

Since their Grand Final victory in 2010, the Dragons have been on a slow decline. After failing to make the finals last season for the third straight year, a rebuilding phase looked likely. Failing to sign any big names in the off-season, the Dragons are relying their youngsters stepping up. The loss of fan-favourite Brett Morris to the Bulldogs was a huge blow for the Red V, but the emergence of youngster Euan Aitken will have fans excited about what lies ahead. His performance at both the Auckland Nines and the Charity Shield in the preseason was just short of spectacular, and if he can get quality ball from his halves, he will be hard to stop on Saturday. 

Like it is every year in the WCC, the Super League is a couple of weeks into its competition, meaning Warrington already have two games under their belt. They dismantled the Red Devils 22-8 in the first round and then just barely defeated Hull FC in Round 2, holding on to a one point lead in the dying seconds. Warrington has named a strong side for Saturday’s clash, with former Rabbitoh Roy Asotasi and NSW centre Joel Monaghan both lining up for the blue and yellow. Monaghan, who has become a try scoring machine for Warrington (posting 127 tries in 119 games), will again captain the Wolves after taking over the role at the start of the season.

While no competition points will be on the line on Saturday, pride will be more than enough motivation for these two teams to give their all. Given sides have never faced off, no one can predict how this one will end, but TattsBet customers seem confident the Wolves will at least cover the spread (-5.5) . 

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