Thursday’s (20/08/2015) only NRL 2015 Round 24 match is between St George Illawarra Dragons and Penrith Panthers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:45 local time with the game to be played at WIN Stadium. 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 Penrith Panthers.
When: 19:45 | Thursday 20/08/2015
Where: WIN Stadium
Tip: St George Illawarra Dragons at $1.45
Value Tip: First Tryscorer Trent Merrin at $18.00
1. Josh Dugan 2. Dylan Farrell 3. Euan Aitken 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Justin Hunt 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Benji Marshall 8. Leeson Ah Mau 9. Mitch Rein 10. Mike Cooper 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14. Craig Garvey 15. Ben Creagh 16. Jake Marketo 17. Jack de Belin 20. Mark Ioane.
1. Will Smith 2. Josh Mansour 3. Lewis Brown 4. Isaah Yeo 5. David Simmons 6. Isaac John 7. Jamie Soward 8. Sam McKendry 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Tyrone Peachey 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Leilani Latu 17. Tupou Sopoaga 18. Waqa Blake 19. Sika Manu.
Despite a heavy defeat that could cost them their NRL top-eight spot, St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor is staying positive.
The Dragons were flogged 32-6 by Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The heavy defeat came despite the visitors having 47 tackles inside their opposition’s 20 to Brisbane’s 15.
McGregor said the Broncos deserved praise for their goalline defence, which blunted the Dragons on several occasions.
The loss reduced the Dragons’ percentage to 20, with ninth-placed Manly and eighth-placed Canberra possibly able to leapfrog McGregor’s men, depending on their results this weekend.
McGregor wasn’t overly concerned about that, saying his team is dealing with a tough stretch of games that will wrap up with a Thursday night clash against Penrith next week.
“There’re a lot of good things to come out,” he said.
“We’re down a few troops at the moment. We’ve had a six-day turnaround. We’ve played in Auckland, now we’re playing in Brisbane, we’ve got another game on Thursday night.
“It’s about taking the positives and working on a few things that weren’t good for us tonight.
“We got kick-chase going well and our field position, we just couldn’t get across the stripe.”
Star halfback Benji Marshall is expected to be fit for the Panthers’ clash after missing the Broncos game with a hamstring strain.
Marshall’s return should at least bring an end to the ill-fated decision to play towering forward Jack Di Belin at halfback after he was given the nod to start alongside five-eighth Gareth Widdop against the Broncos.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change