NRL 2 years ago

Dragons vs Bulldogs Preview

  • Dragons vs Bulldogs Preview

I copped a bit of criticism for my prediction for last week when I wrote that I thought the Dragons would win 38-8, people thought that was way too much but as it turns out it wasn’t enough. The Dragons put on a clinic last week in both Attack and Defence, our attack hasn’t looked that good in years, with everybody playing their part. Our pack rolled on and the outside men put on a show for us to take top spot on the ladder.

This week will be a very important clash for the Red V, the Bulldogs have not been in very good form this year but that is what is making them more dangerous, you sense that some good form is just around the corner and traditionally this is a big game between the Dragons and the Dogs. If the Dragons can win this game heading into the bye it will set them up for a good finish to the season and a run into the finals.

Team List

Josh Dugan

Eto Nabuli

Peter Mata’utia

Euan Aitken

Jason Nightingale

Gareth Widdop

Benji Marshall

Leeson Ah Mau

Mitch Rein

Mike Cooper

Tyson Frizell

Joel Thompson

Trent Merrin

 

Ben Creagh

Jack de Belin

Will Matthews

Heath L'Estrange

Key Matchups

Tyson Frizell vs Josh Jackson

This will be a very interesting clash, Frizell got a sniff of origin by being 18th man and Jackson got a taste in a solid performance. These two will be looking for a big game given the unsettled nature of the Blues line up. With Gallen set to return Jackson will be eager to provide impact to hold a spot and Frizell will be looking to show that he could break the game open if picked. Two very different players playing for the same spot will be riveting.

 

Mr Fix It vs Mr Fix It

This battle will take place in the centres with Mata’utia up against Mbye. Both players have moved around the backline and have looked to find a solid position in the centres. Both teams look better with these players out on the park. Mata’utia has added some much needed spark to the Dragons backline and has been in fine try scoring form. Mbye has been a revelation this year and with calls for him to replace one of the struggling Reynolds or Hodkinson, he will be looking for a big one heading into the origin clash to prove what he is capable of.

 

 The form halves vs the out of form halves

 The Dragons have the form halves paring of the comp and they are showing the skill and experience that they posses, it is no secret that the Dragons are scoring more points when these two move around the field and link up. Teams with halves that play both sides of the posts have done far better than the rigid structure of a player either side. And this is the case in this one, both the dogs halves will be looking to show their wares against the top team and it could just bring out the best in them, hopefully for NSW it does.

 

Prediction

I think this will be a tighter affair especially if Brett Morris makes a return, but I still see points being scored. I think the Dragons will win by a healthy margin but the game will be tighter than the end score.  Dragons 26-12. First Try – Gareth Widdop

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