Match Preview | Roosters v Dragons

The Sydney Roosters are set to line up for the game of the round in a battle against the St. George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday afternoon at Allianz Stadium. 

EVENT DETAILS
ALLIANZ STADIUM
SUNDAY, JULY 29TH
GATES | 11:30AM
JERSEY FLEGG | 11:45AM
ISP | 1:55PM
NRL | 4:10PM

BROADCAST | Channel Nine and Fox League (Channel 502 on Foxtel)
HASHTAGS | #EastsToWin #NRLRoostersDragons

KEY MATCH-UPS

LUKE KEARY V GARETH WIDDOP

Two of the in-form five-eighths of the competition will look to get their team on the front foot with their creativity and trademark explosive attacking style.

KEY 2018 STATS
PLAYED | Keary: 17 | Widdop: 18
TRIES | Keary: 5 | Widdop: 4
TRY ASSISTS  | Keary: 17 | Widdop: 15
AVG RUN METRES | Keary: 66.8 | Widdop: 48.2

COOPER CRONK V BEN HUNT

The former Queensland Maroons halfback goes up against the man that replaced him in a battle that should have rugby league fans itching for Round 20.

SQUAD LISTS

ROOSTERS: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Jake Friend (c), 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner (c), 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Victor Radley
Interchange: 14. Isaac Liu, 15. Zane Tetevano, 16. Mitchell Aubusson, 17. Kurt Baptiste
Reserves: 18. Nat Butcher, 20. Matt Ikuvalu, 21. Dylan Napa, 22. Lindsay Collins

DRAGONS: 1. Matt Dufty, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Tim Lafai, 5. Jason Nightingale, 6. Gareth Widdop (c), 7. Ben Hunt, 8. James Graham, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Jack de Belin
Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore, 15. Kurt Mann, 16. Leeson Ah Mau, 17. Luciano Leilua
Reserves: 18. Patrick Herbert, 19. Blake Lawrie, 20. Jai Field, 21. Zac Lomax

THE NUMBERS

Head-to-head: Played 38 | Dragons 20 wins | Roosters 17 wins | 1 draw
Previous result: Dragons won 24-8 at Allianz Stadium in round 8
Points per game: Roosters 22.1 | Dragons 24.5
Points conceded per game: Roosters 14.6 | Dragons 17.6
Ladder after round 19: Roosters: 4 | Dragons: 2
2018 results: Roosters: 12 wins and 6 losses | Dragons: 13 wins and 5 losses

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VERDICT

No matter which direction this match swings, it's a must watch for rugby league fans and the kind of battle that club fans look forward to throughout the season.

Both sides have a task on their hands, and if they both turn up to play it could be the match of the year.