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Warriors v Dragons preview
Wed 05 Aug, 2015, 12:00pm
By Corey Rosser, NZ Correspondent

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Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday 5pm (NZT), 3pm AEST


The run home looks set to be a stressful one for both the Warriors and Dragons, who sit tied on 22 points heading into Round 22 and are teetering on the edge of the Telstra Premiership's top eight.

While the Dragons found some form again last week - ending a seven-game losing streak - with a 46-24 demolition of the Knights, the Warriors continued their aggressive drop down the ladder with an 18-14 loss to the Sharks.

Coach Andrew McFadden was surprisingly upbeat following his team's third-straight defeat, and that has been reflected in his selections for Saturday's clash at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Veteran utility back Jonathan Wright replaces Konrad Hurrell in the centres for the Kiwi side, while Dominique Peyroux joins the bench as 18th man

The Dragons welcome back NSW Origin forward Trent Merrin from a four-game suspension, which sees Jake Marketo drop back to 19th man.

Ben Creagh and Will Matthews swap between the bench and the front row, while coach Paul McGregor has one forced change with Kiti Glymin replacing Jason Nightingale (foot) on the wing.

Watch out Warriors: For a team who less than a month ago boasted the best attack in the competition, scoring 14 points or less in each of their last three encounters has to be concerning for the Kiwi outfit. In that same period the Warriors haven't been able to produce over three line breaks in a game, as their efforts on the ball have gone from dazzling to dour.

Benji Marshall is firing and that should worry everyone at Warriors' HQ. Last week the former Kiwi international ran the ball 15 times for 155 metres, breaking the line once and scoring a try. Most impressive perhaps was the fact that he set up a further three Dragons' four-pointers, lifting him to second in the competition in that category. He will threaten the Warriors all night.

Watch out Dragons: The loss of Jason Nightingale is a big one, given the role he would have played in restricting the effectiveness of the Warriors' backline. The veteran Kiwi winger is renowned for being safe as houses under the high ball, while he averages just one missed tackle through his 15 games in 2015. At 191cm and weighing 105kg, Warriors' right winger Ken Maumalo is an intimidating prospect, and he will be delighted to be marking up on rookie Kiti Glymin as opposed to Nightingale this week.

Had it not been for a few defensive lapses against the Sharks the Warriors would have done enough good work to secure victory last Saturday. Statistically the Kiwi side were solid, completing 78 percent of their sets and dominating possession with 58 percent. Their pack also ran for 1651 metres, over 200 more than their opposition, and they only conceded three penalties.

Key Match-Up: Chad Townsend v Gareth Widdop. It was no surprise to see the Dragons' return to form coincide with Widdop finding top gear again, and last week he ran for 90 metres, scoring a try and booting a perfect nine from nine goals. The performance was enough to earn him a spot in NRL.com's Team of the Week. Against the Sharks Townsend had a solid night, setting up the first try of the game with a kick, but having to absorb plenty of defensive pressure with 22 tackles and three misses.

The History: Played 22; Dragons 18, Warriors 4. Playing the Warriors should hold little fear for the Dragons, who haven’t lost a contest against them since July 2007. In the eight years prior to that St George Illawarra only lost four against the Kiwi side, making for one of their best head-to-head records against any side in the competition.

What Are The Odds: The Warriors have been the big drifters of the round, and there's been three times as much money put on the Dragons in the head-to-head market. Sportsbet punters have been keen on St George Illawarra to win by 13+ in margin betting. Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au

Did You Know: In seven games played at Wellington's Westpac Stadium since 2001 the Warriors have won just once, beating the Wests Tigers 42-18 last year. Prior to that were five consecutive losses and a draw.

Match Officials: Referee: Gavin Badger. Assistant Referee: Alan Shortall. Touch Judges: Jason Walsh and Anthony Eliott. Video Referees: Shayne Hayne and Henry Perenara.

Televised: Sky Sport – Live from 5.00pm NZT. Fox Sports - Live from 3.00pm AEST.

The Way We See It: These two sides may be tied on points heading into Saturday's game, but the reality is that the Dragons are a better team right now and in much better shape with injuries. St George Illawarra appeared to have turned a corner last week against the Knights, and with their spine playing near top form will be too much for the Warriors to handle. Dragons by eight.

https://www.nrl.com/warriors-v-dragons-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/88664/default.aspx

VODAFONE WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Westpac Stadium, Wellington

5.00pm, Saturday, August 08



VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 SAM TOMKINS
2 KEN MAUMALO
3 JONATHAN WRIGHT
4 SOLOMONE KATA
5 MANU VATUVEI
6 CHAD TOWNSEND
7 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA
8 JACOB LILLYMAN
9 NATHAN FRIEND
10 ALBERT VETE
11 BEN MATULINO
12 SIMON MANNERING (c)
13 SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

14 SILIVA HAVILI
15 SAM LISONE
16 CHARLIE GUBB
17 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

18 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN

Dragons

1 Josh Dugan
2 Dylan Farrell
3 Euan Aitken
4 Peter Mata'utia
5 Kiti Glymin
6 Gareth Widdop
7 Benji Marshall
8 Leeson Ah Mau
9 Mitch Rein
10 Ben Creagh (c)
11 Tyson Frizell
12 Joel Thompson
13 Mike Cooper

14 Craig Garvey
15 Trent Merrin
16 Will Matthews
17 Jack de Belin
18 Justin Hunt
19 Jake Marketo
24 Mark Ioane

Coach: Paul McGregor



NEW SOUTH WALES CUP


VODAFONE WARRIORS v NORTH SYDNEY JETS

North Sydney Oval, Sydney

3.00pm, Saturday, August 08



VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 GLEN FISIIAHI
2 VILIAMI KAVEINGA
3 MATTHEW ALLWOOD
4 KONRAD HURRELL
5 SAULA SOLOMONA
6 ATA HINGANO
7 MASON LINO
8 UPU POCHING
9 DAVID BHANA
10 SAM RAPIRA
11 JOHN PALAVI (c)
12 MARATA NIUKORE
13 SIONE LOUSI

14 PATRICK SIPLEY
15 JAMES BELL
16 KOUMA SAMSON
17 LEVI NORTON

COACH: STACEY JONES


NYC


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Westpac Stadium, Wellington

2.40pm, Saturday, August 08



VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 TOMAS AOAKE
2 LEVI MCBIRNEY
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 SEMISI TYRELL
5 PAUL ULBERG
6 BRAD ABBEY
7 KAURI AUPOURI
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 ERIN CLARK
10 PAUL TULI
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 MATIU LOVE-HENRY
13 JAZZ TEVAGA

14 TYLER MOHI
15 JOSEPH PRICE
16 TUALIMA TUALIMA
17 FABIEN KIRI

18 CASEY LAFAELE

COACH: KELVIN WRIGHT
 

ryno

1st Grade Fringe
May 8, 2012
2,854
Will the Warriors galvanise themselves amidst all the salary cap rumours, play for one another and thump the Dragons?
 

Lousi-InBed

Warriors Bench Player
Jul 26, 2015
127
I just hope that if Tomkins is going to play in a dinner suit that he doesn't wear his loafers! Sick of seeing him slip and slide everywhere!

Warriors by 2
 
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Beast Mode

Warriors Bench Player
Jan 31, 2015
164
The Warriors Boggy team .
Warriors last won against the Dragons in 2007.. that is 8 years ago sheesh
Cannot see them winning today at the Cake tin which is not a happy Warriors winning ground.
But then, Miracles sometimes happen :angelic:
 

Beast Mode

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Jan 31, 2015
164
Whats the weather doing in the capital today? :)

Wellington Forecast

Currently 7°C

Max: 8°C
Min: 4°C
Wind: 20 km/hr.
Today's Forecast
Rain develops, eases to showers afternoon. SW change.

In other words ....A shitty Cold Wet day
 
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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Hoping the Warriors win this. Ben Matulino, Simon Mannering and Charlie Gubb's welcome home game. Gubb and Mutts to have the game of their lives. Mannering always shows up so it'll be another day at the office for him.

Ben Matulino FTS
Charlie Gubb MoM
Warriors by 18...
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NRL: Matulino vows Warriors will target ball-runners in Dragons pack
5:00 AM Saturday Aug 8, 2015
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Ben Matulino says his side have been burned on numerous occasions by the Dragons. Photo / Getty Images

St George Illawarra possess plenty of backline magicians but Warriors forward Ben Matulino says his side must shut down two key members of the Dragons' pack in this evening's match in Wellington.

The towering forward says his side have been burned on numerous occasions by Dragons and New South Wales State of Origin back-rower Trent Merrin, who is listed to start off the bench at Westpac Stadium in his return from a four-week suspension.

Matulino also rates in-form Dragons prop and former age grade rival, Leeson Ah Mau, as another major threat, as the ninth-placed Warriors look to snap a three-game losing run.

"Every time I've played against Trent Merrin he's been the stand-out for their team and he always plays a big part in them beating us," said Matulino.

"And the way Leeson's been going up-front; he's been playing a lot of minutes and getting through a lot of work as well. Those guys for me are the two majors.

"I played with Leeson through the age grades and Junior Kiwis so I've grown up playing against him and I know him pretty well.

"He's played a couple of seasons now and I remember back as a young fella he was always destined for big things and it's great to see that he's having the best season of his career so far."

The seventh-placed visitors arrive in the capital level with the Bulldogs and Warriors on 22 points. They broke a seven-match run of losses with last Sunday's flamboyant win over the Knights in Newcastle.

Both sides are desperate to improve their finals prospects and while the Warriors are wary of the Dragons' backline talent, Matulino says it's the forwards' job to limit their impact on attack.

"The young centre Euan Aitken and obviously Josh Dugan and Benji [Marshall] and his halves partner Gareth Widdop, they run the show," he said.

"The way Benji played last week got a lot of people talking so obviously he's one we need to watch. But we need to shut that down by stopping their forwards."

After starting the season with a focus on playing prop, injuries to second-row pair Ryan Hoffman and Bodene Thompson have seen the Wellington-born 26-year-old chosen to start out on the right edge for the second week in a row.

"I spoke to Cappy [coach Andrew McFadden] at the start of the year and he said, 'don't worry about playing back-row this year because we've got two 80-minute second-rowers'.

"But over the last two months he's been chucking me into the second-row [at training] just in case there were injuries. He told me last week that I was playing back-row and he started laughing and I was cracking up as well.

"It's all good. Cappy's [McFadden] made some changes and thinks this is the right team so I'm backing him."

With no Shaun Johnson in the No7 jersey many critics have dismissed the Warriors chances of a top eight finish but Matulino insists belief within the club remains strong.

"Three weeks ago when we were in the top four a lot of people were patting us on the back and it's quite strange how things can change over that time. We just need to focus on those parts where we went wrong against the Sharks and really bring it this week."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/league/news/article.cfm?c_id=79&objectid=11493819
 
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