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Canterbury Bulldogs vs St George Illawarra Dragons Preview & Tips - Dragons continue climb in NRL

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Jeremy Darke 21 May 2024
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  • Canterbury Bulldogs vs St George Dragons expert predictions for Thursday’s Round 12 NRL game
  • Dragons favoured to cover 3.5-point start
  • Victory could move Dragons into top eight
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Canterbury Bulldogs vs St George Illawarra Dragons Preview


The Dragons are backed to cover with a 3.5-point start, and can move into the top eight by taking victory in the game too. 
  • Canterbury Bulldogs vs St George Illawarra Dragons Preview
  • Head to Head 
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Form
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Team News
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Team List
  • St George Illawarra Dragons Form
  • St George Illawarra Dragons Team News
  • St George Illawarra Dragons Team List

Zac Lomax is tipped in the tryscorer markets and the Dragons can surpass 17.5 points in the game. 

  • St George have won 2 of the past 3 games at Accor Stadium against the Bulldogs.
  • St George have scored over 17.5 points in 4 of their past 5 games this season.
  • St George have scored over 17.5 points in 5 of their past 8 games against Canterbury.
  • The Dragon’s score 67% of their tries on the right hand side of the field. 

Head to Head 


Both teams have won two each since the 2021 season, however, St George have won five of the past eight games since the 2019 season.

The Bulldogs won the only match against the Dragons last season, beating them 18-16 at WIN Stadium. 

Canterbury Bulldogs Form


Canterbury were disappointing last week in their 20-24 loss against the Raiders, handing Canberra two early tries on a platter that put them on the back foot from the start. 

Their attack became predictable again, launching the ball out to Kikau on the left edge which the Raiders had done their homework on.

The Bulldogs had looked to have turned a leaf before their loss to the Raiders, however, they were back to their old selves again with flat attack and relying on the kicking game of Matt Burton to spark something for them. 

Their defence also let them down, which has been the most impressive part of their slight resurgence. Camaron Ciraldo will need to address these issues heading into this week. 

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News


Viliame Kikau suffered a leg injury in Canterbury’s loss to the Raiders. He has been named but will be assessed later in the week. 

Jaemon Salmon returns from illness with Poasa Faamausili dropping out.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List


1. Connor Tracey
2. Jacob Kiraz
3. Bronson Xerri
4. Stephen Crichton
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Matt Burton
7. Drew Hutchison
8. Max King
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Sam Hughes
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Jaeman Salmon
13. Kurt Mann

Interchange
14. Bailey Hayward
15. Josh Curran
16. Kurtis Morrin
17. Jacob Preston

Reserves
19. Poasa Faamausili
20. Blake Taaffe
21. Jake Turpin
22. Blake Wilson
23. Toby Sexton

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


The Saints did what they had to do against the woeful Bunnies, getting a 28-14 win over Souths before they took the weekend off and not participating in the Magic Round festivities. 

Shane Flanagan has implemented a stronger culture in St George and it has shown in the improved performance of the Dragons to start the year. 

The Saints have already taken five wins from 10 games which matches their win total from the whole 2023 season where they finish with a 5-19 record. 

The defence of the Dragons has improved, however, the consistency will need to improve as they have had some serious lapses also this season as the 60-point belting they copped from the Roosters on Anzac Day. 

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


Jack de Belin will start at lock with Matt Eisenhuthstarting in the backrow and Raymond Faitala-Mariner on the bench.

Luciano Leilua returns after missing a month and will replace Ben Murdoch-Masila on the pine.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team List


1. Tyrell Sloan
2. Zac Lomax
3. Moses Suli
4. Jack Bird
5. Mikaele Ravalawa
6. Kyle Flanagan
7. Ben Hunt 
8. Francis Molo
9. Jacob Liddle
10. Hame Sele
11. Tom Eisenhuth
12. Jaydn Su'A
13. Jack de Belin

Interchange
14. Fa'amanu Brown
15. Blake Lawrie
16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
17. Luciano Leilua

Reserves
18. Ben Murdoch-Masila
19. Mathew Feagai
20. Alec Tuitavake
21. Toby Couchman
22. Jesse Marschke

Verdict

Zac Lomax can get on the scoreboard with a try and help the Dragons to score over 17.5 points. They can also cover as 3.5-point underdogs.

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