NRL Round 10 – Match 2 Preview: Canterbury Bulldogs v St George Illawarra Dragons

The second NRL game on Friday night is another interesting matchup as the Bulldogs host the NRL leaders, the Dragons, at ANZ Stadium.

Canterbury have been very hit and miss this season recording some impressive wins but some shameful losses as well. They are back from a Round 9 bye that should see them refreshed and ready to go and the confidence of the home ground advantage should boost their stocks as well.

However, when you play the Dragons you will never have 100% confidence. St George Illawarra will start as the clear favourites, currently paying $1.52 through Ladbrokes.com.au, and rightfully so when you look at their impressive record this season.

A weary-looking Dragons did suffer a nasty 24 – 6 loss at the hands of the Sea Eagles last week, but this was because they lost Michael Weyman and Jason Nightingale who didn’t make it back from rep duties last Friday night.

This week both boys are back on the team and ready to start where they left off in Round 8 having won their last four games before their loss in Round 9. Rarely does a team as unswerving as the Dragons lose two in a row, so look out Doggies.

Also, the Morris twins come face to face here which many people will be looking forward to as Josh returns from injury ready to score a few four-pointers to catch up to his brother Brett, the top-tryscorer of the season so far.

Between their freakishly talented left winger Brett Morris and brilliant attacker Darius Boyd, St George Illawarra have plenty of points in them down the sides and Canterbury will have to get on top of that if they want to stop them from scoring.

A couple of the Bulldogs, however, will be very keen to further impress the Origin selectors and are sure to put in a big match, namely Jamal Idris, who has the ability to be the tackler to stop the Dragons, and Michael Ennis.

This rematch of Round 2, when the Dragons beat the Dogs 26 – 6, should be a much closer game. Canterbury have found a bit of momentum and have begun to gel better as a team since then, while the Dragons, as impressive as they have been, are definitely starting to slow down a tiny bit.

It will be a tough game for both sides, but St George Illawarra are more disciplined and boast far better completion rates than the home side so we are sticking with the classy favourites.

Current Head-to-Head Odds: Bulldogs $2.60 – Dragons $1.52 Ladbrokes.com.au

Round 10 Bulldogs Team:

1. Luke Patten 2. Steve Turner 3. Josh Morris 4. Jamal Idris 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Blake Green 7. Brett Kimmorley 8. Chris Armit 9. Michael Ennis 10. Michael Hodgson 11. Gary Warburton 12. Andrew Ryan 13. David Stagg

Bench: 14. Michey Paea 15. Dene Halatau 16. Yileen Gordon 17. Ben Barba

Reserves: 18. Tim Browne

Round 10 Dragons Team:

1. Darius Boyd 2. Brett Morris 3. Matt Prior 4. Matt Cooper 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Jamie Soward 7 Ben Hornby (c) 8. Dan Hunt 9. Luke Priddis 10. Michael Weyman 11. Neville Costigan 12. Ben Creagh 13. Dean Young

Bench: 14. Jon Green 15. Nick Emmett 16. Trent Merrin 17. Michael Greenfield