Rd19 Preview: Dragons v Sea Eagles
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS v MANLY WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Round 19 - 2014 NRL Premiership
Monday 21st July - WIN Jubilee Oval
NRL Kick-Off 7:00pm
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Competition leaders the Sea Eagles will travel to Kogarah next Monday night looking to keep their stranglehold on top spot of the NRL Ladder.
Manly were comprehensive last start winners against the West Tigers, however there is no doubt they will have their work cut out against the continually improving St George Illawarra Dragons, who, under new coach Paul McGregor have won four of their last five matches.
The Sea Eagles have only won one of their last six matches at Win Jubilee Oval Kogarah, however the last time these two sides met there was in round eight last year, of which Manly were victors 24-18, a performance which Geoff Toovey’s side will be looking to replicate.
Anthony Watmough will return this week from the four game suspension that occurred during State of Origin II, whilst Winger Jorge Tafua is likely to return from an ankle strain that has kept him sidelined for the past two weeks.
After an ordinary start to the season, the Dragons, who sit in ninth position, are desperate for a win to keep in touch with the top eight and press for a birth in the finals series.
The halves pairing for the Dragons, consisting of Benji Marshall and Gareth Widdop, are getting better each week they play together, which should make for a great battle against Manly’s halves pairing, who many believe to be the best in the competition.
The Sea Eagles will head into Monday Night confident as they too have won four of their last five matches, however with returning State of Origin Pair Josh Dugan and Trent Merrin in the side, along with a poor previous record at Kogarah, Manly must be on top of their game if they are to come out victorious.