June 19, 2024

In what is arguably one of the NRL’s most significant regular-season fixtures, the Dragons and Roosters are set to renew their rivalry in the annual ANZAC Day clash.

With both teams coming off recent results, the Round 8 matchup holds even more significance. The Roosters are aiming to bounce back from a narrow defeat to Melbourne, while the Dragons are riding high after an upset win over the Warriors.

Currently sitting 11th on the ladder, the Roosters have struggled for consistency this season, failing to secure back-to-back victories. However, they are hopeful that the ANZAC Day fixture will provide the spark they need, especially with the return of players like Dom Young from suspension and Sam Walker from concussion.

On the other hand, St George Illawarra enters the game with confidence following their convincing 30-12 win over the Warriors at home. Under the guidance of new coach Shane Flanagan, the Dragons have shown significant improvement in 2024, boasting a 4-3 record to start the season.

Having met on ANZAC Day for the 22nd time, the Dragons hold a slight advantage in the historical matchups with a 12-9 record since the inaugural clash in 2002. However, the Roosters will enjoy home-field advantage once again, with a packed crowd expected at Allianz Stadium to create an electric atmosphere.

Statistical insights ahead of the Dragons-Roosters ANZAC Day clash:

– Dragons fullback Tyrell Sloan has been in prolific try-scoring form, finding the try line 13 times in his last 16 games.
– The Roosters have had the upper hand in recent ANZAC Day clashes, winning four of their last six encounters against the Dragons.
– Dragons centre Zac Lomax has been a consistent threat in attack, scoring five tries in his last five games.
– Roosters winger Daniel Tupou is on the brink of a significant milestone, needing just two tries to reach 150 NRL tries.
– Dragons coach Shane Flanagan will be experiencing his first ANZAC Day match as coach, adding an extra layer of significance to the occasion.

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