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Canterbury Bulldogs vs St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Preview and Team News - Dragons out to snap six-match losing streak against Bulldogs

Andrew Hendrie 8 Jun 2018
  • Canterbury Bulldogs meet St George Illawarra Dragons in Round 14 of the NRL on Monday
  • Bulldogs have won the last six games between the sides
Bulldogs face Dragons on Monday

Canterbury Bulldogs have an outstanding record against the St George Illawarra Dragons - but they will have too produce their best performance of the season if they are to beat the joint-competition leaders on Monday afternoon at ANZ Stadium.

Amazingly, the Bulldogs have won their last six meetings against the Dragons, while they’ve also prevailed in 11 of their last 12 games.

Canterbury, despite falling well short of the finals last year, also knocked the Dragons out of eighth place in the final game of 2017, while they’ve won 13 of eight against the joint-venture side at ANZ Stadium.

However, these two teams are at completely opposite ends of the ladder, and it will take an incredibly display from the Bulldogs to continue their great record.

The Bulldogs are a poor 3-9 for the season and are already basically out of the finals race. Des Hasler and the previous board have left the club in a mess and it will take a couple of years at least before the club can begin to rebuild

Canterbury have fought hard in all their games (they rank ninth in defence), but it’s the same story of years gone by - they simply don’t have enough points in them.

The Dragons have no such concerns - Paul McGregor’s side have scored more points than any other team in the competition and have been lighting up the NRL over the first four months of the season.

St George Illawarra hold an equal share of the competition lead with Penrith with a 9-3 record, while they’re unbeaten against teams outside the top eight in 2018. They are likely to extend that streak on Monday.

We should see the Bulldogs lift for their annual Queen’s Birthday showdown, but at the end of the day, I don’t think they can score enough points against the best team in the competition at the moment. This is a different Dragons side and they should be able to score a rare win over Canterbury on Monday.

Stats


  • Bulldogs won the last six games between the sides
  • Canterbury also won 11 of the last 12
  • Three of the last five matches have failed to top 23 points

Teams


Kieran Foran is out for the Bulldogs with a toe injury. Michael Lichaa is recalled to hooker as Jeremy Marshall-King partners Matt Frawley in the halves. David Klemmer will back up from Origin, while Aidan Tolman returns from injury on the bench in place of Clay Priest.

The Dragons have named an unchanged team from the side that lost to Penrith in Round 12, with Ben Hunt, Tyson Frizell, Jack De Belin and Paul Vaughan named to back up from Origin.

Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 John Olive, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Jeremy Marshall-King, 7 Matt Frawley, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Michael Lichaa, 10 David Klemmer, 11 Josh Jackson (c), 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13 Adam Elliott

Interchange: 14 Rhyse Martin, 15 Kerrod Holland, 16 Renouf Toomaga, 17 Aiden Tolman

Reserves: 19 Reimis Smith, 20 Clay Priest, 21 Greg Eastwood, 23 Lachlan Lewis

Dragons: 1 Matt Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop (c), 7 Ben Hunt, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Jack De Belin

Interchange: 14 Jeremy Latimore, 15 Kurt Mann, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 17 Blake Lawrie

Reserves: 18 Patrick Herbert, 19 Jacob Host, 20 Reece Robson, 21 Luciano Leilua, 22 Hame Sele, 23 Darren Nicholls

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