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New Zealand Warriors vs St George Illawarra Dragons Predictions & Tips - Warriors to make it six in a row

  • New Zealand Warriors vs St George Illawarra Dragons predictions for Friday's NRL Round 16 match
  • The match is being played at Central Coast Stadium (9.00am BST)
  • The Warriors have won the last 5 matches against the Dragons
  • The Warriors are tipped to take the points
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gary Emmerson 30 Jun 2021
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New Zealand Warriors vs St George Illawarra Dragons Predictions


Both sides have been struggling for form. The Warriors have beaten the Dragons on the last five occasions and that makes them the play in a trappy game.

  • New Zealand Warriors have lost 5 of their last 6 matches.
  • New Zealand Warriors have won the last 5 matches against St George Illawarra Dragons.
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have lost 7 of their last 10 matches.

Head to Head


There have been 31 games played between these two teams, with the Dragons hold a 21-10 head to head record.

The Warriors have won the last five in a row, including a 20-14 victory in Round 6 this season.

New Zealand Warriors Form


The Warriors' mid-season struggles continued before last week's blank weekend when they lost 10-6 at Newcastle Knights.

It was a fifth defeat in the last six games, including to Manly Sea Eagles, Parramatta Eels, North Queensland Cowboys and Melbourne Storm.

Nathan Brown's only win since early May came when defeating Wests Tigers in Round 11.

New Zealand Warriors Team News


Fullback Reece Walsh is ruled out with a hamstring injury, so Roger Tuivasa-Sheck switches to fill the void.

New recruits Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Chad Townsend start on the wing and at halfback respectively.

Euan Aitken and Josh Curran are unavailable due to coronavirus protocols. 

Marcelo Montoya moves to centre in place of Aitken and Edward Kosi comes onto the wing. Eliesa Katoa replaces Curran.

Wayde Egan is also available after a concussion absence, pushing Jazz Tevaga to the interchange and Taniela Otukolo to the reserves.

New Zealand Warriors Team List


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Adam Pompey 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Edward Kosi 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chad Townsend 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Rocco Berry 20. Jack Murchie 21. Taniela Otukolo 22. Sean O'Sullivan

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


The Dragons moved back into the top eight spots after a 22-20 victory over Canberra Raiders in Round 15.

It was a much needed victory for St George, who were dominated by the last placed Canterbury Bulldogs in the previous game - going down 28-6 in a poor performance.

Having beaten Brisbane Broncos 52-24 three games back, the Dragons' recent form can be described as inconsistent.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


Tariq Sims, Ben Hunt and Andrew McCullough have all been named to start after their State of Origin duties.

Matt Dufty is fit to return from a shoulder injury with Tyrell Sloan making way.

In a reshuffle, Jack Bird moves to centre and Gerard Beale starts on the wing with Mikaele Ravalawa suspended.

Josh Kerr takes Bird's place in the back row, Paul Vaughan takes up the prop role and Josh McGuire and Tyrell Fuimaono are on the bench after suspension.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team List


1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Jack Bird 5. Gerard Beale 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin 14. Josh Mcguire 15. Billy Burns 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Tyrell Fuimaono 18. Adam Clune 19. Jackson Ford 20. Kaide Ellis 21. Jordan Pereira

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Verdict

The Warriors have won five in a row against the Dragons and are tipped to maintain that strong recent record.

Best Bet: Warriors Win Match Result @-133.33 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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