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NRL: Dragons to ramp up top-eight push against Wests

St George/Illawarra Dragons will be out to build on a shock win over Penrith Panthers when they take on Wests Tigers on Friday night.

A victory over the struggling Tigers could see the Dragons jump into the top eight and boost their finals hopes.

Only points differential is keeping them out at the moment, as they are one of five teams sat on 14 points after 12 games.

The Dragons can be backed at 7.00 to make the top eight, but they will need to find some consistency and the wins need to keep coming.

Despite a change of coach, Wests are having another season to forget and have won just two games so far.

They are priced at 2.00 to suffer most losses in the NRL this season.

. What: St George/Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers
. Where: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
. When: 20:00 (AEST), Friday 7tth June 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel, Channel 9
. Odds: St George/Illawarra Dragons 1.45, Wests Tigers 2.75

Dragons enjoy slaying Panthers

The Dragons pulled off a shock win last week when beating the Panthers on their own patch, 22-10.

Penrith may have been missing a host of State of Origin stars, but so too were the Dragons and they thoroughly deserved their win.

Ben Hunt, Zac Lomax and Jaydn Su’A were all absent, but there is the possibility of them returning against the Tigers, 48 hours after the Origin clash.

That would hand coach Shane Flanagan a big boost, but the Dragons showed against Penrith they can cope without the trio if they are unable to play.

The Dragons have a great record against the Tigers, winning four of the past five games against them, including a 24-12 victory in round 6 this year.

If it is to be the same outcome on Friday, the Dragons can be backed at 8.00 to win by 11-15 points.

Tyrell Sloan is in good form at WIN Stadium, scoring seven tries in the last six games at the venue and is 2.00 to score at anytime.

Tigers continue to struggle

The Tigers have now suffered eight defeats on the bounce and have lost five out of their last six away games.

They did have a bye last weekend and coach Benji Marshall will be hoping that has done the trick heading into the Dragons clash.

The Tigers will be desperate to avoid a third straight wooden spoon, but their cause has not been helped by injury.

Back rower Isaiah Papali’i is facing eight weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury and will be a huge loss.

There is some good news, however, as Justin Olam and Brent Naden return from suspension to add some much-needed experience and quality.

The Tigers have a good record at WIN Stadium, winning four out of six matches and can be backed at 4.00 to win by 1-12 points.

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