St George Illawarra Dragons will be searching for back-to-back victories when they face the winless Manly Sea Eagles in NRL Round 3 action on Friday night.
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Dragons vs Sea Eagles Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Friday March 26
⏰ Time: 6.00pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: WIN Stadium
Dragons vs Sea Eagles Head to Head (last five matches)
- 12/7/20: Dragons 34-4 Sea Eagles
- 16/6/19: Sea Eagles 34-14 Dragons
- 20/4/19: Dragons 12-10 Sea Eagles
- 16/6/18: Dragons 32-8 Sea Eagles
- 23/7/17: Dragons 52-22 Sea Eagles
Dragons vs Sea Eagles Preview
The Dragons target back-to-back wins and in the process aim to condemn Manly to three consecutive defeats to open the season when the two teams clash on Friday night in Wollongong.
Tipped by man to be wooden spooners in 2021, the Dragons have started the season in solid fashion. They were unlucky in going down to the Sharks in Round 1 when they had a try disallowed to take the lead midway through the second half, but they bounced back strongly to take down the Cowboys in Townsville last week.
Coach Anthony Griffin praised the performances of his ex-Broncos halves Corey Norman and Ben Hunt as the Dragons ran out 25-18 winners.
Matt Dufty was also electric at the back, while flying winger Mikaele Ravalawa has crossed for a try in both games this season.
St George Illawarra now have a fantastic chance to build some momentum when they host a struggling Sea Eagles side.
Manly’s horrible record without Tom Trbojevic continued last weekend when they went down to the Rabbitohs in the rain last weekend.
It’s been a nightmare start to the season for the Sea Eagles, losing by 40 points to the Roosters in Round 1, while they were never in the hunt in a 26-12 loss to Souths.
Des Hasler might be celebrating a new contract extension, but he’s got a lot of work to do with his side – and back-rower casualty ward is growing by the week, with Andrew Davey suffering a season-ending ACL injury to join Curtis Sironen and Humble Olakau’atu on the sidelines.
Manly have now lost 10 of their last 11 matches dating back to last season, conceding 26 points or more in all of those defeats. The Dragons have won five of their last six matches against the Sea Eagles and can get the job done again on Friday night.
Dragons vs Sea Eagles Teams
The Dragons have named the same 17 players that toppled the Cowboys last week.
Josh Schuster replaces Andrew Davey in the back row for Manly, while Morgan Boyle joins the bench.
Dragons team: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Brayden Wiliame 18. Adam Clune 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Jackson Ford 21. Jordan Pereira
Sea Eagles team: 1. Dylan Walker 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Morgan Boyle 16. Sean Keppie 17. Josh Aloiai 18. Tevita Funa 19. Morgan Harper 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Christian Tuipulotu
Dragons vs Sea Eagles Stats
- Dragons have won five of the last six meetings between the teams
- Manly have lost 10 of their last 11 matches
- Manly have conceded 26 points or more in all of those defeats
- Four of the Dragons’ last five wins over Manly have been by 13+ margins
- Mikaele Ravalawa has scored a try in his first two games of 2021