Saturday’s first NRL Round 26 match is between St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights. The opening bounce is set to commence at 15:05 local time with the game to be played at UOW Jubilee Oval. The home team St George Illawarra Dragons are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights.
When: 15:05 | Saturday 03/09/2016
Where: UOW Jubilee Oval
Tip: St George Illawarra Dragons at $1.28
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Josh Dugan at $12.00
Dragons: 1 Josh Dugan 2 Kurt Mann 3 Euan Aitken 4 Taane Milne 5 Jason Nightingale 6 Gareth Widdop (c) 7 Benji Marshall 8 Leeson Ah Mau 9 Mitch Rein 10 Michael Cooper 11 Tyson Frizell 12 Ben Creagh 13 Jack De Belin. Interchange: 14 Joel Thompson 15 Will Matthews 16 Jacob Host 17 Jacob Marketo 19 Siliva Havili 20 Timoteo Lafai 21 Luciano Leilua.
Knights: 1 Jake Mamo 2 Nathan Ross 3 Dane Gagai 4 Peter Mata’utia 5 Brendan Elliot 6 Jarrod Mullen 7 Trent Hodkinson (c) 8 Daniel Saifiti 9 Tyler Randell 10 Jacob Saifiti 11 Sione Mata’utia 12 Mitchell Barnett 13 Jeremy Smith (c) Interchange: 14 Dylan Phythian 15 Pat Mata’utia 16 Korbin Sims 17 Sam Mataora 18 Joshua King 19 Jaelen Feeney.
Ben Creagh and Benji Marshall will be farewelled by St George Illawarra, but NRL fans appear to have seen the last of Manly skipper Jamie Lyon.
Creagh and Marshall have been selected for one final outing in the Red V in this weekend’s last round of the season before parting ways with the club.
Retiring former club skipper Creagh has struggled with a knee injury this year, but has been named to take on Newcastle at Jubilee Oval on Saturday.
As expected, playmaker Marshall has been granted a recall despite being dropped last week.
Those who won’t receive send-offs from their club include Lyon and South Sydney five-eighth Luke Keary.
Lyon hoped to pull on the Sea Eagles jersey one last time before retiring, but was not named to take on Penrith due to a hamstring injury.
Also for Manly, Dylan Walker has made an unexpected return from a shoulder problem that was expected to sideline him for the rest of the year.
Departing Rabbitohs playmaker Keary hasn’t overcome a torn hamstring so won’t play a final game for the club before moving to Sydney Roosters.
While Canterbury veteran Sam Perrett will also sit out this week, and is racing the clock to make a recovery from a neck injury before he hangs up the boots at season’s end.
North Queensland prop Matt Scott (finger) will miss his side’s high-stakes Queensland derby with Gold Coast, and veteran forward Ben Hannant goes into the side.
Wests Tigers have received a boost before their crunch clash with Canberra, with Chris Lawrence named to return from a shin injury.
Jeremy Latimore and Moses Leota have been named on Penrith’s extended bench to cover the loss of Reagan Campbell-Gillard (back).
Sydney Roosters will miss Boyd Cordner (knee) and Sio Siua Taukeiaho (knee) for their clash with Brisbane, with Ryan Matterson and Isaac Liu to start in the back row.
Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough has been named but is under a fitness cloud after rolling his ankle.
With Manu Vatuvei (sternum) and Solomone Kata (suspension) missing, the Warriors have been forced into a back-line reshuffle, with Tuimoala Lolohea shifted to fullback and Jonathan Wright and Ken Maumalo on the wings.
The Storm have named Matt White and Christian Welch on an extended bench to cover suspended prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change