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Preview: Wests Tigers v Dragons

Officials are hoping for a sell-out crowd at the Sydney Football Stadium when Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra lock horns this tonight in a clash that has all the hallmarks of another classic battle.
Preview: Wests Tigers v Dragons
by NRL

Officials are hoping for a sell-out crowd at the Sydney Football Stadium when Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra lock horns this tonight in a clash that has all the hallmarks of another classic battle.

The Tigers have bounced back to form with three successive wins including last Friday night's dramatic 14-12 defeat of Manly in Gosford, while the Dragons are reeling following shock losses to Canberra and Souths in successive weeks.

Wests Tigers will need to be frugal with possession because the Dragons remain a potent threat in attack with an even share of the ball. The Tigers' plan will be to employ a fast-moving and aggressive defence and bustle the Dragons at every opportunity. The tactics worked for Canberra and they worked for Souths in the second half last Sunday.

The Tigers will need to be especially vigilant on their left side to counter the threat of Mark Gasnier. The soon-to-retire Dragons star has menaced the Tigers for almost a decade, scoring an incredible 21 tries in 15 games against them.

Tigers talisman Benji Marshall should relish the big-game atmosphere and is eminently capable of orchestrating an upset.

Consider a penalty goal to either side as First Scoring Play but stick with the Dragons to win by a 1-12 margin.

First Tryscoring prospects include Tim Moltzen, Chris Lawrence or Blake Ayshford for Wests Tigers or Jason Nightingale, Brett Morris or Matt Cooper for the Dragons.

Wests Tigers v St George Illawarra
Sydney Football Stadium
Friday night 7.35pm


Wests Tigers
1 Tim Moltzen, 2 Beau Ryan, 3 Blake Ayshford, 4 Chris Lawrence, 5 Matt Utai, 6 Benji Marshall, 7 Robert Lui, 8 Bryce Gibbs, 9 Robbie Farah [c], 10 Keith Galloway, 11 Liam Fulton, 12 Gareth Ellis, 13 Chris Heighington. Subs: 14 Wade McKinnon, 15 Todd Payten, 16 Mitch Brown, 17 Aaron Woods, 18 Matt Groat (one to be omitted).

St George Illawarra Dragons
1 Darius Boyd, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Mark Gasnier, 4 Matt Cooper , 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Jamie Soward, 7 Ben Hornby [c], 8 Dan Hunt, 9 Nathan Fien , 10 Michael Weyman, 11 Beau Scott, 12 Ben Creagh, 13 Matt Prior. Subs: 14 Jon Green, 15 Trent Merrin, 16 Adam Cuthbertson, 17 Dean Young, 18 Kyle Stanley, 20 Mitch Rein (two to be omitted).

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Dragons by 7

OVERALL:
Total Games: 21
Wests Tigers wins: 9. [Pts: 394]
St George Illawarra Dragons wins: 12. [Pts: 543]
Draws: 0

Biggest wins:
Wests Tigers: 19 pts: 2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 9 - [View] Sun: Wests Tigers 27 d. St George Illawarra Dragons 8 [Crowd: 13625]
St George Illawarra Dragons: 50 pts: 2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sun Jun 20: Dragons 50 d. Tigers 0 [Crowd: 16915]

Biggest Crowd: 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 3 - [View] Sat: St George Illawarra Dragons 13 d. Wests Tigers 12 [Crowd: 71212]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Wests Tigers: WLWLLLWLLLWWWLWWWLLLL
St George Illawarra Dragons: LWLWWWLWWWLLLWLLLWWWW

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun: St George Illawarra Dragons 24 d. Wests Tigers 18 [Crowd: 19892]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 3 - [View] Sat: St George Illawarra Dragons 13 d. Wests Tigers 12 [Crowd: 71212]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: St George Illawarra Dragons 34 d. Wests Tigers 10 [Crowd: 16574]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 10 l. St George Illawarra Dragons 21 [Crowd: 15211]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Fri: St.George-Illawarra Dragons 10 l. Wests Tigers 18 [Crowd: 14207]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sun: Wests Tigers 24 d. St.George-Illawarra Dragons 16 [Crowd: 18211]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 9 - [View] Sun: Wests Tigers 27 d. St George Illawarra Dragons 8 [Crowd: 13625]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sun: Dragons 46 d. Tigers 16 [Crowd: 14211]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Fri: Tigers 24 d. Dragons 15 [Crowd: 27865]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Qualifying Finals - [View] Sat: Dragons 12 l. Tigers 20 [Crowd: 41260]

Overall record at Sydney Football Stadium, Driver Ave, Moore Park, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Wests Tigers: 26 games, won 13, drawn 0, lost 13.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 18 l. Brisbane Broncos 31
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 30 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Sun: Sydney Roosters 24 d. Wests Tigers 6
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 1 - [View] Sat: Wests Tigers 15 l. Sydney Roosters 19
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 4 l. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24

St George Illawarra Dragons: 40 games, won 18, drawn 1, lost 21.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Mon: Sydney Roosters 10 l. St George Illawarra Dragons 24
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sun: St George Illawarra Dragons 28 d. Sydney Roosters 6
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 10 l. St George Illawarra Dragons 21
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 0 l. St George Illawarra Dragons 29
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Fri: Sydney Roosters 10 d. St.George-Illawarra Dragons 0

Head to Head at Sydney Football Stadium, Driver Ave, Moore Park, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 4
Wests Tigers wins: 3. [Pts: 80]
St George Illawarra Dragons wins: 1. [Pts: 73]
Draws: 0

Last 4 games:
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: Wests Tigers 10 l. St George Illawarra Dragons 21 [Crowd: 15211]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sun: Wests Tigers 24 d. St.George-Illawarra Dragons 16 [Crowd: 18211]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Qualifying Finals - [View] Sat: Dragons 12 l. Tigers 20 [Crowd: 41260]
2001 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Sun Feb 25: Dragons 24 l. Tigers 26 [Crowd: 12842]

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