Preview: Round 2 v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Preview: Round 2 v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

The St George Illawarra Dragons will contest the Monty Porter Cup against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Shark Park, Cronulla on Sunday (kick-off 7.00pm).

Head Coach Paul McGregor has named a 19-man squad for the local derby fixture which sees second-rower Tyson Frizell named to partner Will Matthews in the back-row.

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Furthermore, Dragons winger Peter Mata’utia and utility Jack Marketo have been included on a six-man interchange bench which also includes co-captain Ben Creagh, props Jack de Belin and Dunamis Lui as well as hooker Siliva Havili.

The Dragons will be looking to bounce-back from their narrow 18-16 loss to the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Melbourne last round.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

The Sharks have named a 17-man squad for the upcoming clash against the Dragons but will be without the services of captain Paul Gallen who suffered a knee injury last round.

The Sharks lost 20-14 to the North Queensland Cowboys in their opening-round fixture at 1300Smiles Stadium, Townsville last round. 

1. Ben Barba
2. Sosaia Feki
3. Jack Bird
4. Ricky Leutele
5. Valentine Holmes
6. James Maloney
7. Chad Townsend
8. Andrew Fifita
9. Michael Ennis
10. Sam Tagataese
11. Luke Lewis
12. Wade Graham
13. Jayson Bukuya
14. Gerard Beale
15. Matt Prior
16. David Fifita
17. Joseph Paulo

Key Match-Up

Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop will face his opposite number in the Sharks’ James Maloney with both serving as left-edge conductors at their respective clubs.

There is no doubt both players will be looking to get an advantage on the other as they help lead their team to the valuable two competition points.

History

The Dragons will be aiming to reclaim the trophy after losing 28-8 to their local rivals at Shark Park in Round 18.

The Red-and-Whites had previously defeated the Sharks 42-6 at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah in Round 18.

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Monty Porter Cup

The Monty Porter Cup pays tribute to the achievements of a player with strong associations to both Clubs and is contested each time the Clubs meet.

Porter was a second-rower who played 113 first-grade games for the Red V during his eight seasons with the Dragons (1958-65), winning six Premierships during that time (1958-60; 1962-64).

The second-rower left the Dragons in 1965 and went on to become the inaugural captain of the Sharks upon their inclusion into the NSWRL in 1967.

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