13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors 19-10

13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors 19-10

Postby TerryG » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:11 pm

7th September, 3:00pm, WIN Stadium | #NRLSGIWAR

Image 1 Jason Nightingale, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Chase Stanley, 4 Charly Runciman, 5 Daniel Vidot, 6 Adam Quinlan, 7 Nathan Fien, 8 Jack Stockwell, 9 Mitch Rein, 10 Ben Creagh (c), 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Leeson Ah Mau, 13 Jack de Belin

Interchange from: 14 Matt Prior, 15 Michael Weyman, 16 Bronson Harrison, 17 Josh Drinkwater, 19 Will Matthews

Coach: Steve Price

Notes: Unchanged 17 from last week with Will Matthews added to the bench.


Image 1 Kevin Locke, 2 Jerome Ropati, 3 Dane Nielsen, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 Thomas Leuluai, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Sam Rapira, 9 Nathan Friend, 10 Suaia Matagi, 11 Elijah Taylor, 12 Simon Mannering, 13 Todd Lowrie

Interchange from: 14 Ben Matulino, 15 Jacob Lillyman, 16 Feleti Mateo, 17 Dominique Peyroux, 18 Ngani Laumape, 19 Sio Siua Taukeiaho

Coach: Matthew Elliott

Notes: Dane Nielsen has been named to return from an ankle injury, shifting Jerome Ropati back to the wing with Ngani Laumape and Sio Siua Taukeiaho named on an extended bench.
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:18 pm

Dragons v Warriors preview

By Greg Prichard
NRL.com
Wed 04th September, 1:30pm

Dragons v Warriors
WIN Stadium
Saturday, 3pm

The Dragons will gladly bid farewell to this season. It has been a disaster for them. They are in second-last position on 16 points, from just six wins and 17 losses, and will finish second-last regardless of the result here. Their season hit a new low on Monday night, when they lost 26-22 to guaranteed wooden-spooners the Eels. The Dragons have won just one of their past 10 games. That win came against competition leaders the Rabbitohs, 22-18, but it was a false dawn. The Dragons have lost six straight since then.

The Warriors have had a season that has been even more erratic than you often get from them. Not surprisingly, their ups and downs have left them walking a tightrope as they enter the final round. They are in 10th place, still with a chance of making the finals but handicapped by their poor points for-and-against differential of minus-50. To get there, they need to win this game and hope that two of the three teams immediately ahead of them on the competition table – the Knights, Cowboys and Titans – lose.

After losing three games in a row to just about say goodbye to their season, the Warriors have maintained a pulse by beating the Titans (24-22) and Raiders (50-16). If they don't make the finals it will be very disappointing, not only for them but also for many league fans outside of their own supporters who would agree the Warriors would add something to the big, end-of-season games. The Warriors appeal as a genuine top-eight team at their best, and shouldn't be in a position where they don't have control of their own destiny in that regard, but that's the price you pay for not establishing consistency.

It wouldn't be a surprise if this game opened up. The Dragons have defended well on occasions, but they can see the finishing line now and their intensity may be down a bit. The Warriors won't die wondering. They will move the ball wide to try to get attackers like Konrad Hurrell and Manu Vatuvei heavily involved, and that tactic will have a big influence on how the game is played. The Warriors can at least put some pressure on those teams just ahead of them by winning, since the others don't play until later in the round.

The Dragons have named an unchanged 17, with Will Matthews added as the 18th man. Whether that is the line-up coach Steve Price goes with, though, remains to be seen. Coaches, when their team plays on Monday night and they have to name a team on Tuesday, often just name the same 17 and make any changes later.

Dane Nielsen returns from injury in the centres for the Warriors, pushing Jerome Ropati to the wing and Ngani Laumape to what is a six-man bench. Sio Siua Taukeiaho is the other player added to the bench.

Watch Out Dragons: Vatuvei got three of the Warriors' nine tries against the Raiders. Surprisingly, Hurrell didn't get any of them – but that just makes him more likely to score here. Vatuvei's treble took him to the top of the try-scoring list for the Warriors this season with 15 in 18 games, leapfrogging Hurrell (13 in 19). Expect further try-scoring activity from at least one, and likely both of them, here.

Watch Out Warriors: If the Dragons are going to do something here, it has to start at the top. Captain Ben Creagh has to lead the way with an inspirational performance. Creagh has run for big metres in a lot of games this season, but not much has come off the back of it. I don't know what happens in the Dragons' dressing-room before games, but Creagh should demand nothing less than a huge performance from his players – for the club and for the fans who deserve better.

Plays To Watch: Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson: Is he going to run or pass? Who knows? When he's in form, like he was against the Raiders, the defence sure doesn't know. Johnson ran for 135 metres – his third-biggest total of the season – and had one line-break and five offloads, and scored three tries.

Dragons five-eighth Adam Quinlan is a rookie, but he's having a go in a team that is mostly struggling. Quinlan is not afraid to go for a scamper if there is nothing else on, and he has four tries in nine games for his initiative.

Key Match-Up: The backline players named for the Warriors have scored 50 tries between them this season. Those named for the Dragons have tallied 35.

Up front, the Dragons can't afford to just break even in the forward battle – that won't be enough. They need to get on top so that when the Warriors get the ball they are usually playing off their own line and may be forced to take risks that could lead to mistakes.

Where It Will Be Won: In the head. The season is still alive for the Warriors, but effectively over for the Dragons. If the Dragons aren't really up for this game, the Warriors will immediately sense that and make them pay. The Warriors are the last team you want to play if you're not really committed. The Dragons have got to make sure they are revved up... or else.

The History: Played 19; Dragons 15, Warriors 4. The Dragons have won nine of the past 10 clashes.

Match Officials: Referees – Jared Maxwell & Henry Perenara; Sideline Officials – Steve Carrall & Dave Ryan;Video Referees – Jason Robinson & Luke Patten.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live, 3pm.

The Way We See It: The Dragons have a great recent record against the Warriors, but they are not that same team now. The Warriors should win this one. They have still got something to play for and they have the attacking players to do the Dragons harm. The problem for the Dragons is that if the Warriors start shooting on target, they don't have much ammunition with which to reply.

Warriors by 12 points.

source: http://www.nrl.com/dragons-v-warriors-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/74444/default.aspx
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:54 pm

Preview: Dragons v Warriors
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Last Updated 05/09/2013 11:23 AM

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HEAD TO HEAD:Played 19, Dragons 15, Warriors 4

LAST TIME: Dragons 38 – Warriors 6 at WIN Stadium, Round 25, 2012

MISSING IN ACTION: Dragons coach Steve Price has named an unchanged side for what could be his final match at the helm.

Meanwhile, Warriors wing Jerome Ropati is unlikely to play after suffering a blow to his leg against the Raiders. He has been named to start but should be replaced by Ngani Laumape.

Former Storm player Dane Nielsen has been restored to his spot at left centre after overcoming an ankle sprain that saw him ruled out of last week's final home game.

FORM: The Dragons' season was put to bed a long time ago. With nothing to play for, they slumped to a record sixth straight defeat against Parramatta last week.

The Red V led the wooden spooners 12-0 before conceding five tries to go down 26-22.

It was a very different night for the Warriors when they came up against the Raiders, who were missing troubled wing Sandor Earl.

Manu Vatuvei and Shaun Johnson starred with a hat-trick each, while Canberra centre Jarrod Croker notched his own treble late in one of the most action-packed games of the season.

The 50-16 win gave the Warriors one last opportunity to sneak into the finals after it put them level with the Cowboys (8th) and Titans (9th) on 26 points.

WE THINK: While the Warrriors have been disappointing overall this season, they are in a lot better shape than the Dragons.

Their form, along with the motivation of securing an unlikely finals berth will go a long way towards helping them snap a seven-game losing streak against St George-Illawarra.

The Dragons have made WIN Stadium a fortress when the Warriors are in town. Just once have the New Zealanders tasted victory there, way before the Wollongong club merged.

However, there are more signs that point towards a big win for the Warriors.

Whether it will be enough to get them through to the playoffs will be determined by results of the Cowboys's match-up against the Tigers, and also the Titans' clash with the Storm.

Crazier things have happened in the NRL but they will probably need a miracle this week.

Warriors by 16.

source: http://www.sportal.co.nz/league/news/preview-dragons-v-warriors-251409
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:58 pm

HISTORY, Played 19, Dragons 15, Warriors 4, THIS GROUND, Played 9, Dragons 9, Warriors 0
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:59 pm

Dragons have recorded 7 consecutive wins over the Warriors who have not won a game in Wollongong since 1996
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:59 pm

Warriors have won only 4 of their past 17 games played on Aussie soil
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:00 pm

Dragons have lost their last 7 straight at home and 9 from 11 season to date
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:00 pm

In the Dragons 11 home games the 1st try has been scored in under 8 minutes in 10 of them (they have scored 4 & conceded 6)
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:01 pm

Warriors have conceded the 1st try of the match in their last 4 away games
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:01 pm

Dragons have now lost 6 in a row for the 1st time since the merger & have now lost 9 of their last 10
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:04 pm

Dragons - Daniel Vidot OUT for arriving late to training.
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:05 pm

Warriors: Ropati & Nielsen OUT. Peyroux starts in the centres, Laumape wing. Sio Siua Taukeiaho (debut) bench.
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:07 pm

KICKOFF and the Warriors have the ball first.
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:09 pm

2' Strong first set for the Dragons, Warriors will work it off their own 10m line.
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Re: 13.09.07 Round 26 Dragons v Warriors

Postby TerryG » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:09 pm

3' Penalty Dragons, they'll get the first attacking chance today...
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