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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs Tips - Dogs to keep it close

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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs Tips


Not much separates these two sides in regards to defence and attack over the last three weeks. The Bulldogs have outscored the Dragons 46 to 32, while defensively the Dragons are a mere try better, conceding 70 points to the Bulldogs 74.

Although the Bulldogs are tipped for another defeat, it shouldn't be by much with a 1-12 point winning margin for the Dragons predictions.

  • St George Illawarra Dragons have lost their last 3 matches.
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have won 3 of their last 4 matches against Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost 8 of their last 9 matches.
  • Over the last 3 NRL Rounds, the Bulldogs have scored 14 points more than the Dragons.

Head-to-Head


These sides have met 40 times with the Bulldogs winning 25 games to the Dragons' 15. The Dragons though have won three of their last four games against the Dogs.

Worringly for the Dragons though, is the fact that Canterbury has won four of their six games against the joint venture club at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

The last time the Bulldogs lost back-to-back games at Kogarah was in the mid-90’s

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


After the Dragons lost their opening game to rivals Cronulla Sharks, they won four straight matches against the North Queensland Cowboys, Manly Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels.

They went down narrowly to the New Zealand Warriors, which kicked off a three-game losing run.

They were humbled by the Dragons in their annual ANZAC Day clash before last week's disappointing loss to the lowly Wests Tigers.

The Dragons still sit in sixth place on the ladder, but a loss here could well see them drop out of the top 8.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


Brayden Williame and Mikaele Ravalawa are both unavailable this week but are due back next weekend. 

Jordan Pereira is suspended until Round 11, while point scoring whiz Zac Lomax has a thumb injury which will see him sidelined until Round 15. 

Cameron McInnes is out for the season with a knee injury.

Cody Ramsey returns to the Dragons side for this game, returning to his wing position. 

Back rower Tyrell Fuimaono will move to the backline, replacing the injured Zac Lomax. 

Poasa Faamausili returns on the bench, replacing Jackson Ford.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team List


1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Tyrell Fuimaono 5. Max Feagai 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Josh Mcguire 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Billy Burns 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Kaide Ellis 18. Jackson Ford 19. Junior Amone 20. Mathew Feagai 21. Adam Clune

Canterbury Bulldogs Form


The Bulldogs attack is anything but, the club being the only NRL side not to have scored at least 120 points in 2021. 

They have scored just 80 points this year, 42 less than the next worst attacking side, Brisbane Broncos. 

Their defence is also a mess, conceding more points than any other team. Their average scoreline so far this year is 10-31.

They have just one win, a scrappy 18-12 victory over an out-of-form Cronulla Sharks side that has sacked their coach. They were kept scoreless for three consecutive games and haven’t won back-to-back games since 2019.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News


Jeremy Marshall-King, Josh Jackson and Jack Hetherington all look set to return by Round 12, while Raymond Faitala-Mariner is out with a foot injury until late in the season. 

Jayden Okunbor’s knee injury will see him out of action until Round 20 at the earliest and Christian Crichton is out for the season with a knee injury.

Dylan Napa suffered a mild shoulder injury last week but isn’t expected to miss any game time. 

Nick Meaney and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will switch positions, with Meaney moving to the wing and DWZ to fullback.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List


1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Corey Allan 5. Nick Meaney 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Dylan Napa 9. Sione Katoa 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Chris Smith 13. Corey Waddell 14. Bradley Deitz 15. Renouf Atoni 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Matt Doorey 19. Lachlan Lewis 20. Joe Stimson 21. Tuipulotu Katoa 23. Ofahiki Ogden

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs FAQs

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When does St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs take place?

The match is being played at Nestrata Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, May 8.

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Verdict

The Dragons are without the attacking strike power while the Bulldogs are without any attack. The feeble Dogs defence though should mean a Dragons win, but don’t expect it to be a big win. Dragons 1-12 in a low scoring contest.

Best Bet: Dragons by 1-12 Winning Margin @170.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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