Saturday’s third NRL Round 23 match is between St George Illawarra Dragons and Cronulla Sharks. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:35 local time with the game to be played at UOW Jubilee Oval. The away team Cronulla Sharks are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between St George Illawarra Dragons and Cronulla Sharks.
When: 19:35 | Saturday 13/08/2016
Where: UOW Jubilee Oval
Tip: Cronulla Sharks at $1.22
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Jack Bird at $12.00
Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Kurt Mann 3. Euan Aitken 4. Taane Milne 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Benji Marshall 8. Russell Packer 9. Mitch Rein 10. Michael Cooper 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims 15. Will Matthews 16. Jacob Host 17. Jake Marketo 21. Luciano Leilua.
Sharks: 1 Ben Barba 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Jack Bird 4 Gerard Beale 5 Valentine Holmes 6 James Maloney 7 Chad Townsend 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Michael Ennis 10 Matt Prior 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Paul Gallen Interchange: 14 Ricky Leutele 15 Chris Heighington 16 Jayson Bukuya 17 Joseph Paulo.
Cronulla’s forward stocks have taken a blow after prop Sam Tagataese was ruled out of this week’s NRL clash with St George Illawarra due to a shoulder injury.
Tagataese left the field clutching his shoulder in the Sharks’ loss to Canberra on Saturday, and while he’s certain to miss the Dragons fixture, he could also be out until the finals.
After missing the loss to the Raiders, veteran hooker Michael Ennis was a limited participant in Tuesday’s field session, but is expected to be back to take on the Dragons.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change