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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders Predictions & Tips - Raiders to win at WIN Stadium

  • St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders predictions for Saturday's NRL Round 15 match
  • The match is being played at WIN Stadium (8.30am BST)
  • Both teams are out of form with 2 wins in their last 9 matches
  • The Raiders are tipped to win
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Freetips staff 18 Jun 2021
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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders Predictions


The Dragons and Raiders are both on 12 competition points and whoever wins, will likely earn themselves a place inside the top 8. Both teams are horribly out of form though, with their only wins since Round 6 coming against the two worst teams of the past two years – the Bulldogs and Broncos.

  • Both teams have won 2 of their last 9 matches.
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have conceded 28 points per game in the last 9 matches.
  • Canberra Raiders have conceded 31 points per game in their last 10 matches. 
  • Canberra Raiders have scored 167 points in their last 12 games in the first half and just 60 in the second half.

Head-to-Head


There have been 32 games between these teams, with the Raiders dominating. They have won 20 games to the Dragons' 11, with one match drawn.

The Raiders have won 13 of their 21 games played at Wollongong, dating back to 1982. They have a record of five wins from nine games against the Dragons at WIN Stadium. The Dragons have won just four of their last 12 NRL games at WIN Stadium.

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


The Dragons were sitting in fourth place after Round 5, having won four of their opening five games against North Queensland Cowboys, Manly Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels. 

They then lost three straight games to the New Zealand Warriors, Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers before dispatching of the last placed Canterbury Bulldogs.

The Dragons lost another three in a row to Melbourne Storm, Cronulla Sharks (for the second time this year) and the Wests Tigers again, before belting the 2020 wooden spooners and equal last Brisbane Broncos. 

Last weekend, the Dragons were dominated by the last placed Canterbury Bulldogs, going down 28-6.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


The Dragons have a number of key players out at the moment, but the good news is that four of their five unavailable players will likely return next weekend. 

Zac Lomax and Max Feagai are set to return from injuries, while Josh McGuire and Tyrell Fuimaono will have served their suspensions and be available to play. 

Cameron McInnes is out for the year.

Lomax has been added to the extended bench this weekend, however, there could well be changes to the line-up, given the Dragons named their side just a day after their last match.

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. Tariq Sims 12. Jack Bird 13. Jackson Ford 14. Talatau Amone 15. Josh Kerr 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jack de Belin 18. Adam Clune 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Tyrell Sloan 21. Zac Lomax

Canberra Raiders Form


The Raiders' campaign in 2021 has been not too dissimilar to the Dragons. 

They sat in fifth place after four games, having scored wins over the Wests Tigers, Cronulla Sharks and Gold Coast Titans. 

But they then lost five straight games before grimly holding on to beat the last placed Canterbury Bulldogs 20-18 in Round 10.

Heavy losses to the Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters followed, while last weekend Canberra easily accounted for Brisbane 38-16.

Canberra Raiders Team News


Captain Jarrod Croker has barely been seen as he has been dealing with two major injuries and won’t be expected back for several more weeks. 

British halfback George Williams has been released by the club just a few weeks ago and fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is out for the season with a neck injury. 

Centre Curtis Scott has been stood down for disciplinary reasons and Corey Horsburgh is likely to be sidelined for another month.

Canberra have made only one minor tweak to the side that thumped the Broncos last weekend – Iosia Soliola and Ryan Sutton switching. Sutton starts at lock and Soliola on the bench. Ryan James is on the extended bench.

Canberra Raiders Team List


1. Bailey Simonsson 2. Semi Valemei 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Joseph Tapine 18. Xavier Savage 19. Hudson Young 20. Matt Frawley 21. Ryan James

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Verdict

The safe play is to side with Raiders. Look at the Dragons to win the second half given Canberra's struggles after the break this season.

Best Bet: Raiders Win Match Result @-149.25 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Dragons To Win Second Half @120.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Megabet: Raiders by 1-12 Winning Margin @220.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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