Saturday’s (08/08/2015) first NRL 2015 Round 22 match is between New Zealand Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons. The opening bounce is set to commence at 15:05 local time with the game to be played at Westpac Stadium. The home team New Zealand Warriors are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between New Zealand Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons.
When: 15:05 | Saturday 08/08/2015
Where: Westpac Stadium
Tip: New Zealand Warriors at $2.10
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Ken Maumalo at $11.00
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. Interchange: 14 Siliva Havili 15 Sam Lisone 16 Charlie Gubb 17 Raymond Faitala-Mariner 18 Dominique Peyroux.
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. Interchange: 14 Craig Garvey 15 Trent Merrin 16 Will Matthews 17 Jack de Belin 18 Justin Hunt 19 Jake Marketo 24 Mark Ioane.
St George Illawarra have revived their NRL season, jumping back into the top eight with a comeback 46-24 win over Newcastle at Jubilee Oval.
The Knights were unable to capitalise on the emotion of club legend Danny Buderus’ first game as interim coach after Rick Stone’s sacking during the week as they slumped to their 13th loss from their last 15 matches.
Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop was the conductor on Sunday, having a hand in three of his side’s five second-half tries.
He crossed himself in the 45th minute, as well as booting nine from nine.
But the game may be best remembered for Benji Marshall’s contender for try of the season in which the No.7 touched the ball three times.
After his attempted kick was charged down, he regathered, threw a textbook dummy and fell over the line after latching onto a looping Hail Mary pass from Mitch Rein.
In front of a 10,236-strong crowd at Kogarah, Paul McGregor’s side broke their seven-game losing streak to reignite their semi-final hopes with five rounds remaining.
Widdop orchestrated a second-half fightback after the Knights took a 20-14 lead into the sheds.
The Dragons looked to be cruising after jumping out to a 12-0 advantage after 13 minutes.
However there was little joy for them for the rest of the half as the visitors piled on four unanswered tries in 18 minutes.
Knights prop Kade Snowden spent most of the game on the sideline with a concussion after being collected high by Dragons prop Leeson Ah Mau, who was put on report.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change