After two golden-point wins the Dragons let loose against the Bulldogs last weekend registering their highest score for 2019 with a 40-4 win.

The convincing seven tries to one victory also pushed the Dragons back into the top-eight leapfrogging the Warriors and Sharks to get there. 

Full of confidence and flair they now they face another NRL club enjoying three wins on the trot in the Manly Sea Eagles.

And one of the hardest workers in Des Hasler's team is lock Jake Trbojevic, who celebrates his 100th NRL game. If Manly could turn on the fireworks for Daly Cherry-Evans in his 200th last weeked, Trbojevic would be hopeful of a similar favour.

Match: Dragons v Sea Eagles

Round 6 -

Full Time
Dragons

Home Team

Dragons

Scored 12 points
Sea Eagles

Away Team

Sea Eagles

Scored 10 points

Venue: WIN Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS

The Rundown

Team news

Dragons: 1-17. Paul Vaughan will play despite leaving the field with an ankle injury last week. The Dragons have scored 119 points in three successive wins against the Sea Eagles. 

Sea Eagles: Toafaoa Sipley (No.17) has been named to replace the suspended Addin Fonua-Blake, who was found guilty of a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday. Morgan Boyle joins the interchange. Des Hasler has a 6-1 record against Dragons rival Paul McGregor. Sea Eagles lock Jake Trbojevic will play his 100th NRL game.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brendan Elliot
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Moses Suli
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Timoteo Lafai
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brad Parker
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kane Elgey
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 James Graham
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 17 Toafofoa Sipley
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Blake Lawrie
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Jeremy Latimore
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Manase Fainu
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Zac Lomax
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jack Gosiewski
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Jacob Host
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Corey Waddell
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Luciano Leilua
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 20 Morgan Boyle

Key match-up

Ben Hunt is unlikely to regain the Queensland halfback jersey this year but his two line-break assists, three try assists and scoring two four-pointers himself against the Bulldogs, makes his duel with incumbent Maroons No.7 Cherry-Evans one to savour. The Manly skipper ran 145 metres as he terrorised the Knights defensive line with a line break and three tackle busts.

For the Dragons to win

Pull together the same team effort at Kogarah last week and let it loose in Wollongong this week, when the home crowd again has your back. With the glue in the Hunt-Norman partnership starting to set firm and hard, the Sea Eagles forwards will have their heads spinning trying to keep up with which way the pair will run, pass or kick. 

For the Sea Eagles to win

Five-eighth Kane Elgey reproducing the form he showed against the Knights in both attack and defence only frees up Cherry-Evans to do more knowing that his five-eighth is linking nicely with the Sea Eagles backs. And Tom Trbojevic stand-in Brendan Elliott held his own in kick-return metres and under the high ball. His confidence grows as he works well with his other back-three members - wingers Jorge Taufua and Reuben Garrick. 

Brett Kimmorley says

Dessie has the Brookvale faithful back on board. The big pack of forwards are ripping in and playing tough. They are finding different ways of spoiling the opposition attack and coming up with victories. For the Dragons, Paul Vaughan was in superb form last weekend. If Ben Hunt can repeat his performance of last weekend that will also be a huge help. Dragons by 8

Dragons Stat Attack

The Dragons lead the NRL in kick metres (3,273) and are second in total kicks (115) to Melbourne (116). They are fourth in tackles breaks (180) and fifth in line breaks (21).

Sea Eagles Stat Attack

Daly Cherry-Evans is the NRL's top point-scorer after five rounds (45). Jake Trbojevic led by example as usual last week with a team-high 45 tackles against Newcastle and 132 run metres.

And another thing ...

The work being done by starting No.9 Api Koroisau and his bench replacement Manase Fainu must be pleasing coach Des Hasler. The pair of hookers are nimble and energetic as they manoeuvre around tired forwards in the defensive line. Koroisau made a line break against the Knights, while Fainu had four tackle breaks against the Rabbitohs the previous week.