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The traditional Anzac Day clash between the Dragons and Roosters is one to circle in the rugby league calendar every year and one every player cherishes being a part of.

Both teams come into this one off the back of a narrow win; the Roosters weren't exactly convincing against the Warriors in round six but a super second half from young star Sam Walker got them over the line.

The Dragons were even scratchier against the Knights but after four straight losses simply needed to find a way to win, and they did. 

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The Rundown

Team news

Dragons: Further changes for Anthony Griffin in the 1-hour update with George Burgess and Josh McGuire promoted to the run-on side, which will see Tariq Sims move to the bench. Burgess replaces Josh Kerr, who dropped out of the 19 on Saturday. Blake Lawrie and Aaron Woods stay on the bench. Tyrell Fuimaono and Tautau Moga both played NSW Cup on Sunday.

Roosters: Positional changes for the Tricolours with Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Nat Butcher to start, shifting Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Victor Radley to the bench. Paul Momirovski replaces Kevin Naiqama in the backline after he was a late withdrawal from last week's win over the Warriors.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Moses Mbye
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Mathew Feagai
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Moses Suli
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Paul Momirovski
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Joseph Suaalii
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Jack Bird
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Sam Walker
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Luke Keary

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Francis Molo
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Lindsay Collins
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
  • Prop for Dragons is number 17 George Burgess
    Prop for Roosters is number 17 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 16 Josh McGuire
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Jack De Belin
    Lock for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 11 Tariq Sims
    Interchange for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Talatau Amone
    Interchange for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Blake Lawrie
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Drew Hutchison
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 20 Aaron Woods
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Fletcher Baker

Reserves

  • Replacement for Dragons is number 18 Tautau Moga
    Replacement for Roosters is number 22 Adam Keighran

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Key match-up

Tariq Sims v Angus Crichton: the two former Blues teammates could be set for a fiery match-up on that side of the field if Crichton again gets solid minutes out wide. He's spent time coming off the bench as Trent Robinson looks to get the best out of him while Sims has also been shuffled through the middle rotation at times this year. Expect no backward steps from either man come Monday. 

Stat attack

Dragons halfback Ben Hunt leads the NRL for line-engaged runs with 51, which is 10 clear of second-best, Nicho Hynes. The Red V are at their best when he gets his hands on the ball and he will have plenty to do against the Tricolours.

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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