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NRL: Dolphins aiming for Dragons revenge

Week 13 of the NRL campaign gets underway on Thursday night with the Dolphins looking to return to winning ways against a rejuvenated Dragons side.

The NRL ladder has never been tighter following another exciting round of action in week 12 and the Dolphins are right in the thick of it.

Even so, the Dragons, who sit bottom of the ladder, are just five points away from the top eight and a couple of wins could see them make great progress.

Just three points separate the Penrith Panthers at the top and Manly Sea Eagles in eighth, with the Dolphins sitting pretty in sixth spot.

The Dolphins will be out for revenge after losing the first meeting between the two sides back in April and we could be in for a tight match in Redcliffe.

WhatDolphins v St George/Illawarra Dragons
WhereKayo Stadium, Redcliffe
When19:50 (AEST), Thursday 25th May 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsDolphins 1.58, St George/Illawarra Dragons 2.40

Kaufusi blow for Dolphins and Maroons

The Dolphins had a weekend to forget after losing 24-16 against the Melbourne Storm and Felise Kaufusi facing a spell on the sidelines.

Kaufusi, who was up against his former club, found himself in hot water just two minutes into the game following a high shot on Christian Welch.

He was sent to the sin bin and is now facing a three-game suspension. That is bad news for both the Dolphins and Queensland ahead of State of Origin.

The Maroons, who are priced at 2.25 to win game one against New South Wales, could now have to plan without Kaufusi.

Meanwhile, Kenny Bromwich was also put on report late in the game against the Storm and faces an anxious wait to see if he will be able to face the Dragons.

The Dolphins will be out to bounce back against a Dragons side that beat them 38-12 back on 1st April.

Wayne Bennett’s men have been playing most of their home games at Suncorp Stadium, but Thursday night’s clash will be at Kayo Stadium in Redcliffe.

They have played just one game there and it was in week two of the season when they beat Canberra Raiders 20-14.

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Dragons out to build on Roosters shock

It had been a tough week for the Dragons following the departure of coach Anthony Griffin, but it ended well with a shock 24-22 win over the Sydney Roosters.

The victory was just the third of the season so far, with all three wins coming on home soil.

Now the aim will be to build on the win by picking up their first victory on the road. Confidence should have been boosted by the win over the Roosters and this could be their chance.

Ben Hunt was again instrumental in the victory against the Roosters, showing the departure of Griffin has not affected his effort on the pitch.

He has scored five tries in his last six games on home turf and the Dragons will be hoping he can carry that form into games on the road.

The Dragons will have to wait and see whether Zac Lomax will be available after he was placed on report following a dangerous tackle.

Lomax was massive in the win with his accuracy with the boot proving to be the difference. Not only that, he ran for 93 metres and made 16 tackles. It goes without saying the Dragons will hope for good news.

Dragons interim coach Ryan Carr got the best out of his players against the Roosters and now the big test will be doing the same in Redcliffe.

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