St George Illawarra Dragons attempt to snap a five-game losing run against the Sydney Roosters when the two teams clash in the traditional ANZAC Day showdown on Sunday.
Roosters vs Dragons Tips, Preview & Predictions
Sydney Roosters vs St George Illawarra Dragons free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Dragons have won 11 ANZAC Day games to the Roosters seven…
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Roosters vs Dragons Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Sunday April 25
⏰ Time: 4.05pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: SCG
Roosters vs Dragons Head to Head (last five matches)
- 6/8/20: Dragons 16-24 Roosters
- 26/6/20: Roosters 26-12 Dragons
- 24/8/19: Dragons 12-34 Roosters
- 25/4/19: Roosters 20-10 Dragons
- 29/7/18: Roosters 36-18 Dragons
Roosters vs Dragons Preview and Prediction
Another blockbuster ANZAC Day showdown awaits when the Roosters and Dragons renew their rivalry on Sunday afternoon at the SCG.
Both sides remain in the top eight despite last-start defeats and will be determined for an immediate return to the winners circle.
The Roosters initially did well after losing Luke Keary to a season-ending ACL injury, defeating the Sharks and Warriors in back-to-back games, but the five-eighth’s absence was felt in last week’s 20-4 loss to Melbourne.
Outclassed and gradually broken down, the Roosters couldn’t offer anything in attack and scored their only try off a kick in the last minute. It was an eye opener to just how tough the Roosters are going to find it against the NRL’s very best without Keary.
Boyd Cordner’s continued absence and Jake Friend’s retirement also hasn’t helped the Roosters. That’s a lot of experience missing.
Meanwhile, the Dragons saw their four-match winning streak snapped by the Warriors in a 20-14 defeat last week, but they still showed enough to suggest they can maintain their spot in the eight throughout the season.
The Dragons have an extremely underrated backline made up of Matt Dufty, Mikaele Ravalawa, Jack Bird, Zac Lomax and Corey Norman and have enough firepower to trouble anyone on their day.
I think this is a 50-50 contest, so I’ll be backing the Dragons home in a tight one here. I wasn’t impressed at all with the Roosters last week – their inexperienced halves combo of Drew Hutchison and Sam Walker couldn’t create anything and the pressure will only mount for this ANZAC Day clash.
Dragons by a 1-12 margin looks to be the value bet here.
Roosters vs Dragons Teams
Brett Morris is set to return for the Roosters after missing last week with a calf injury, while Sam Verrills plays his first game in a year as he comes back into the side at hooker.
Ben Hunt is 50-50 to return for the Dragons, but at this stage Adam Clune is the starting No. 7. Blake Lawrie returns at prop after missing last week with a cork.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Benjamin Marsce 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins 18. Fletcher Baker 19. Matt Ikuvalu 20. Egan Butcher 21. Tukupa Hau Tapuha
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Kaide Ellis 15. Josh Mcguire 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Brayden Wiliame 18. Billy Burns 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Jordan Pereira 21. Ben Hunt
Roosters vs Dragons Stats
- Roosters have won the last five meetings between the teams
- Dragons have won 11 ANZAC Day games to the Roosters seven
- Dragons have won four of their last five games
- Mikaele Ravalawa has scored at least one try in nine of his last 10 games in Sydney
- James Tedesco has scored at least one try in five of his last six games at the SCG
- Zac Lomax has scored at least one try in three of his last four matches vs the Roosters
- Brett Morris has scored two or more tries in his last three matches at the SCG
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