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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Brisbane Broncos Predictions & Tips - Dragons to end wait for a win

  • St George Illawarra Dragons vs Brisbane Broncos predictions for Thursday's NRL Round 13
  • The match is being played at Jubilee Oval (10.50am BST)
  • The Dragons have won thire last 4 matches against the Broncos
  • St George are tipped to cover the handicap against Brisbane
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gary Emmerson 02 Jun 2021
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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Brisbane Broncos Predictions


The Dragons are in desperate need of a win to turn around their season. They are tipped to get it against a Broncos side they have dominated in recent times. 

The Broncos don't travel well and the Dragons are tipped to end their search for a victory. Back them outright and also to cover the -7.5 handicap.

  • St George Illawarra Dragons have lost 6 of their last 7 matches.
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have won the last 4 matches against Brisbane Broncos.
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have covered the handicap in 5 of their last 6 matches against Brisbane Broncos.
  • Brisbane Broncos have lost 20 of their last 23 matches.
  • Brisbane Broncos have lost 15 of their last 16 away matches.

Head to Head


St George Illawarra Dragons have won the last four matches against the Brisbane Broncos. 

The Dragons won the only meeting last year with a 28-24 success.

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


The Dragons are stuck in something of a rut, losing six of their last seven matches. It has curtailed their season having won four of the opening five games.

Anthony Griffin’s side have lost three straight, going down 44-18 to Melbourne Storm and losing 13-12 to Cronulla Sharks in extra-time.

Last week, the Dragons were again on the wrong end of the result as they lost 34-18 away to Wests Tigers.

Their only win in the last seven matches was a 32-12 victory over bottom of the ladder Canterbury Bulldogs.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


The Dragons are without back rower Tariq Sims, who is on State of Origin duty with New South Wales.

St George do get Matt Dufty, Josh Kerr and Mikaele Ravalawa back from injury and suspensions. 

Jack de Belin is also named on the bench on his return to NRL action following his enforced absence.

In a reshuffle, Cody Ramsey moves to the wing with Dufty slotting into the full-back role. 

Ravalawa starts on the wing with Brayden Wiliame moving to the centres and Jack Bird into the back row in place of Sims.

Jordan Pereira and Billy Burns are both left out of the 17. 

St George Illawarra Dragons Team List


1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Gerard Beale 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Jack Bird 13. Jackson Ford 14. Talatau Amone 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jack de Belin 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Adam Clune 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Jordan Pereira

Brisbane Broncos Form


The Broncos pulled off a huge upset when downing the Sydney Roosters 34-16 away from home two weeks ago.

But it was back to earth with a bump last week as Kevin Walters' side were beaten 40-12 at home to the Melbourne Storm.

Brisbane have also suffered a heavy 50-6 defeat to Manly Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium in the last three weeks.

Brisbane Broncos Team News


The Broncos lose Payne Haas and Xavier Coates to State of Origin duty, but do have Tyson Gamble and Matt Lodge back from suspension to strengthen the ranks.

Captain Alex Glenn is also available for the first time since Round 7. 

Brisbane hand a debut to winger Selwyn Cobbo in place of Coates. Tom Flegler comes into the side in place on Haas in the front row.

Albert Kelly starts at five-eighth with Gamble returning in the halfback role. That means Anthony Milford is left out again.

Glenn's return sees Keenan Palasia pushed to the interchange and Dale Copley into the reserves.

Brisbane Broncos Team List


1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Selwyn Cobbo 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Jesse Arthars 5. David Mead 6. Albert Kelly 7. Tyson Gamble 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Thomas Flegler 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. John Asiata 14. Kobe Hetherington 15. Keenan Palasia 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Tc Robati 18. Jordan Riki 19. Tesi Niu 20. Dale Copley 21. Cory Paix

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Verdict

The Dragons are tipped to end their poor run of form. The Broncos are poor travellers and St George can make home advantage count.

Best Bet: Dragons Win Match Result @-217.39 at BetMGM - 5 Units
Value Bet: Dragons -7.5 Handicap @-111.11 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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