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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla Sharks Tips


The Sharks have more stability under John Morris and get their season off to a winning start against the Dragons.

  • St George Illawarra Dragons have lost 4 of their 5 games
  • St George Illawarra Dragons lost 4 of their 6 games at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium last season
  • St George Illawarra Dragons lost 48-16 against the Rabbitohs in the Charity Shield
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 3 of their last 4 games against St George Illawarra Dragons
  • Cronulla Sharks won 3 of their last 4 games at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium last season

Head to Head


Cronulla Sharks have a narrow 24-23 advantage against St George Illawarra Dragons with one draw in 48 games. 

Cronulla have won three of the last four encounters.

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


St George Illawarra finished 12th last season with a 7-13 record. They started the season with four straight defeats and lost four of their last five.

The Dragons start the new campaign with Anthony Griffin in charge. The former Broncos and Panthers head coach follows in the footsteps of Paul McGregor and Dean Young.

Griffin’s new side were no match for the Rabbitohs in the Charity Shield. The Dragons were sluggish, poor defensively and went down 48-16 in Mudgee.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


Cameron McInnes (knee) has been ruled out for the season after rupturing his ACL. Andrew McCullough was signed from Brisbane to be the starting hooker. 

Jack Bird will play at centre despite earlier reports he would play in the back row.

Adam Clune and Ben Hunt line up in the halves but Corey Norman is expected to come back into the side after serving a one-match ban. 

Jayden Sullivan (hamstring) is out of action for four weeks. Jack de Belin continues to be stood down.

Blake Lawrie has been named at prop, Trent Merrin on the bench and Jackson Ford in the reserves.

St George Illawarra Dragons Line Up


1. Matt Dufty
2. Cody Ramsey
3. Jack Bird
4. Zac Lomax
5. Mikaele Ravalawa
6. Adam Clune
7. Ben Hunt
8. Blake Lawrie
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Paul Vaughan
11. Josh Kerr
12. Tariq Sims
13. Tyrell Fuimaono

Interchange

14. Poasa Faamuisili
15. Trent Merrin
16. Daniel Alvaro 
17. Brayden Wiliame

Reserves

18. Jackson Ford
19. Kaide Ellis
20. Jordan Pereira
21. Max Feagai

Cronulla Sharks Form


Cronulla Sharks finished 8th last season, scraping into the finals with a 10-10 record. They failed to beat any other top 8 side all season and went down 32-20 to Canberra in the qualifying final.

Head coach John Morris is aiming to guide the Sharks to the finals in three straight years after replacing Shane Flanagan.

The Sharks won six of seven games between rounds 6 and 12 last season, but failed to string two wins together for the remainder of the season.

Cronulla led the Bulldogs 12-0 at the break in their trial match at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. Ronaldo Mulitalo scored two tries before the Sharks went down 16-12 after committing too many errors in the second half.

Cronulla Sharks Team News


Back rowers Royce Hunt (knee) and Siosifa Talakai (shoulder) are expected to miss a few weeks. Jack Williams (throat) is out indefinitely.

Star playmaker Shaun Johnson will be out for around eight weeks after suffering an achilles injury at the end of 2020. 

Matt Moylan starts in the halves with Will Kennedy remaining at fullback. 

Former NSW prop Andrew Fifita has been named in the reserves despite a strong showing in the All Stars game. The veteran is carrying a calf injury and there are concerns about his fitness.

Bronson Xerri continues to be stood down indefinitely.

Cronulla Sharks Line Up


1. Will Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Josh Dugan
4. Jesse Ramien
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Matt Moylan
7. Chad Townsend
8. Braden Hamlin-Uele
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Aaron Woods
11. Briton Nikora
12. Wade Graham
13. Toby Rudolf

Interchange

14. Connor Tracey
15. Aiden Tolman
16. Jack Williams
17. Billy Magoulias

Reserves

18. Mawene Hiroti
19. Teig Wilton
20. Andrew Fifita
21. Braydon Trindall

Dragons vs Sharks FAQ

Where can I watch the Dragons vs Sharks live stream?

Our live streaming calendar shows you where to watch the St George Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla Sharks live stream.

Where is Dragons vs Sharks being played?

The Round One clash is being played at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, March 14.

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Verdict

The Dragons were thumped in the Charity Shield and could need more time to gel under new head coach Anthony Griffin. The Sharks have more stability and can get it done in round one.

Best Bet: Cronulla Sharks Winner @-138.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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