New Zealand
St George Illawarra
Waikato Stadium


After last week’s catastrophic collapse, the only way is up for these Warriors, isn’t it?

After blowing a 28-6 lead to the Panthers, there’s no doubting they’ll want to put those demons behind them, however, they’ll have to defy history after having lost 20 of their 25 meetings with the Dragons.

They do come up against a wounded Dragons, however, without superstars Josh Dugan and Gareth Widdop, which may mean it’s the best time to forget last week’s debacle against a side that’s lost three in a row since sitting atop of the NRL ladder.

Keiran Foran’s first half work was exemplary and he will look to build on that against rookie play-maker Kurt Mann, who coach Paul McGregor has decided to stick with in the halves.

The Dragons need a win to avoid slipping further down the ladder ahead of the Origin period, where they’ll likely miss the services of their in-form prop Paul Vaughan.

Their ability to score points coupled with the Warriors streaky defence will give them confidence, however, it’s tough to see them adding to their 80% win rate against their trans-Tasman opponents.

Warriors by 10.

Team Lists

Team Lists

Team Stats

Scoring Plays

Warriors   Dragons
3 Tries 6
1 Conversions 2
Penalty Goals 1
Field Goals


Warriors   Dragons
153 All Runs 200
1,417 All Run Metres 2,042
1 Line Breaks 9
2 Offloads 20


Warriors   Dragons
633 Kick Metres 408
325 Tackles 321
57 Missed Tackles 22


Warriors   Dragons
4 Penalties Conceded 5
7 Errors 8
Sin Bin
Send Offs

Player Stats

Top Run Metres

Tim Lafai239
Paul Vaughan216
Ken Maumalo187
Kalifa Faifai Loa178
Nene Macdonald173

Top Linebreak Assists

Tyson Frizell1
Tim Lafai1
Tariq Sims1
Taane Milne1
Kurt Mann1

Top Kick Metres

Shaun Johnson364
Josh McCrone284
Kieran Foran206
Cameron McInnes61
Kurt Mann53




  1. I would love to see the dragond shakr it up and go with this.


  2. man… dragons know how to take 1 step forward and two steps back ( dugan and packer leaving especially packer)

  3. The warriors were playing a dragons team without arguably their 3 most potent backs in Widdop, Dugan and Aiken and they still missed 57 tackles. What an impotent display of rugby league.

    Kudos to the dragons though, you can only beat what’s in front of you but they did that extremely well.

  4. Well done, Dragons! No captain/ five-eight/goal kicker, fullback or best centre. So so happy with the win. Commiserations to Warriors – they were facing a team on Struggle Street & should have won that one.

  5. Of the 7 wins the Dragons have played this season the one common factor in all the reviews has been how bad their opposition played.
    Wiltontoaster has captured that analysis perfectly : “What an impotent display of rugby league”.

    I’m confused by their for and against record – how is this so ??????????

  6. That comment right there demonstrates the basic hypocrisy and inbuilt bias in the NRL competition and the commentary around it.
    When favoured teams like the Storm or the Broncos win it’s always a “great victory” but when the unfashionable win it’s always written up as “the opposition played bad”.

    Look no further than today’s SMH NRL reports:
    “Painful night on all fronts for the Tigers as they are trampled by a relentless Brisbane” compared to “Dragons run in six tries to defeat woeful Warriors”.

    In both games the team that played the best football thrashed the opposition, yet the headline reporting was totally different. Total bias in action.
    I’m afraid that the ALL the Dragons’ wins in 2017 have been because they outplayed and outscored the opposition.

    • Yep Mann and Wadduppp will kill it together . . . . Would like to see that combo start up ASAP.

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