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Sydney Roosters vs St George Illawarra Dragons Predictions & Tips - Roosters to take ANZAC Day honours

  • Sydney Roosters vs St George Illawarra Dragons predictions for Sunday's NRL Round 7 match
  • The match is being played at the SCG (7.05am BST)
  • The Dragons have won 11 of their 18 ANZAC Day clashes with the Roosters
  • The Roosters have won 13 of their last 16 games against the Dragons and are tipped to win
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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The ANZAC Day trophy played for by St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 23 Apr 2021
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Sydney Roosters vs St George Illawarra Dragons Tips Predictions 


Both sides have had solid starts to their seasons thus far, with 4 wins and 2 losses apiece. Both the Roosters are the Dragons will be looking to bounce back from Round 6 defeats. 

Over the last three rounds, both sides have scored 62 points with the Dragons conceding just five points more than the Roosters. It looks set to be a tight game, but the Roosters are the best attacking team in the NRL at present and can edge it with a strong record at the SCG.

  • Sydney Roosters have won 13 of their last 16 games against the St George Illawarra Dragons.
  • Sydney Roosters have won 17 of their 21 games at the SCG since they made the iconic ground their home in 2019.
  • Six of the 15 clashes between these sides at the SCG have had a margin of 2 points or less

Head-to-Head


There have been 43 games between the Roosters and Dragons. Sydney has 22 wins, St George Illawarra has 20 victories and there has been one drawn game.

On ANZAC Day, the Dragons have 11 wins to seven for the Roosters.

Sydney Roosters Form


The Roosters opened the season with back-to-back hidings of lowly sides Manly Sea Eagles 46-4 and the Wests Tigers 40-6. 

A Round 3 26-16 loss to South Sydney Rabbitohs also saw the Roosters lose both their halves due to injury. 

They bounced back though with wins against the New Zealand Warriors 32-12 and the Cronulla Sharks 26-18, before losing last weekend to the reigning premiers Melbourne Storm 20-4.

Sydney Roosters Team News


The Roosters have had a very good start to the year, especially when the impact of injuries is taken into account. 

Already the club has lost halves Lachlan Lam and Luke Keary – both of whom were injured in Round 3. 

Hooker and club captain Jake Friend has been forced into retirement and his replacement Freddy Lussick also got injured. Boyd Cordner hasn’t played all year and could well retire soon too.

This weekend they have made just two changes from last weekend. Brett Morris returns, pushing Matt Ikuvalu out of the side, and Sam Verrills will line up at hooker with Benjamin Marschke on the bench.

Sydney Roosters Team List


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

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


The Dragons had a disappointing start to their 2021 campaign, losing to rivals Cronulla Sharks 32-18 on the opening weekend. 

They bounced back emphatically though with four straight wins against North Queensland Cowboys (25-18), Manly Sea Eagles (38-12), Newcastle Knights (22-13) and Parramatta Eels (26-12). 

Last weekend, a textbook performance by the New Zealand Warriors ended the Dragons run of wins, as they went down 20-14.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


Last weekend saw the Dragons acquire Josh McGuire from the Cowboys effective immediately and this week Trent Merrin announced his immediate retirement.

Cameron McInnes is out for the year, but Corey Norman, Blake Lawrie and Ben Hunt could all line-up this weekend after recovering from their injuries. All have been named this week.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team List


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

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Verdict

Both sides have had similar starts to the season and are evenly matches. The Roosters though are strong at the SCG and that should be enough to see them home by a margin of 1-12.

Best Bet: Roosters by 1-12 Winning Margin @160.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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