Sunday’s (12/07/2015) second NRL 2015 Round 18 match is between Cronulla Sharks and St George Illawarra Dragons. The opening bounce is set to commence at 16:05 local time with the game to be played at Brookvale Oval. The away team St George Illawarra Dragons are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Cronulla Sharks and St George Illawarra Dragons.
When: 16:05 | Sunday 12/07/2015
Where: Brookvale Oval
Tip: St George Illawarra Dragons at $2.85
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Sosaia Feki at $10.00
1 Michael Gordon 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Gerard Beale 4 Ricky Leutele 5 Valentine Holmes 6 Jack Bird 7 Jeff Robson 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Michael Ennis 10 Matt Prior 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Paul Gallen (c). Interchange: 14 Jayson Bukuya 15 Ben Barba 16 David Fifita 17 Sam Tagataese 20 Chris Heighington.
1 Josh Dugan 2 Justin Hunt 3 Euan Aitken 4 Peter Mata’utia 5 Jason Nightingale 6 Gareth Widdop 7 Benji Marshall 8 Leeson Ah Mau 9 Mitch Rein 10 Ben Creagh (c) 11 Will Matthews 12 Joel Thompson 13 Mike Cooper. Interchange: 14 George Rose 15 Trent Merrin 16 Jake Marketo 17 Heath L’Estrange 24 Mark Ioane.
St George-Illawarra will be fighting to keep their spot in the top eight when they face bitter rivals Cronulla next weekend, with the Dragons staring down the barrel of a fifth straight loss.
Paul McGregor’s side currently occupy fourth spot on the NRL ladder, but are one of five teams on 20 points, including eighth-placed Canterbury, after being held out 18-12 by the more desperate North Queensland on Saturday.
It sets up a crunch game for the Dragons at Remondis Stadium next Sunday against the Sharks, who St George Illawarra scored their last win in the competition over in round 12 on May 31.
The Dragons dismantled the Sharks 42-6 that day, but how things have changed for the once competition leaders.
“The guys worked hard to put themselves in a good position on the ladder and when you lose consecutive games, you drop down pretty quickly,” McGregor said.
“We’re not happy with that. The situation for us is the last three games we were in it right to the end but we couldn’t manage a win and tonight was no different.”
At Brookvale, Manly temporarily pulled themselves off the bottom of the table with a 28-16 swoop of Cronulla courtesy of a hat-trick to winger Jorge Taufua.
The home side led from start to finish to record their second win in three weeks, with halfback Daly Cherry-Evans bouncing back from his State of Origin snubbing to star for the Sea Eagles.
Meanwhile, a Bryce Cartwright-inspired Panthers side recorded back-to-back wins for just the second time this year after upsetting defending premiers South Sydney 20-6 in Penrith on Friday night.
Cartwright ran a game-high 209 metres and had a hand in two of his sides four tries – one of them an audacious flick pass in the first half – to stamp his arrival as a rising star.
Compounding the loss for the Rabbitohs is a possible ruptured bicep to stand-in skipper John Sutton.
Wests Tigers host Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Monday night to complete a shortened Round 17 of the NRL, with halfback Luke Brooks ruled out for the joint venture.
Brooks has been replaced by former St George Illawarra halfback Josh Drinkwater.
Brisbane hold a two-point lead at the top of ladder ahead of a showdown with Canterbury next week.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change