NRL St George Illawarra Dragons vs Penrith Panthers Live Streaming Free National Rugby League 2017. St George Illawarra Dragons vs Penrith Panthers match will be kick off at Jubilee Oval Stadium, Glebe, New South Wales, Australia, Saturday 04 March 2017 online, Time 16:30 (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
The arrivals of James Tamou and Mitch Rein completes a playing squad that is capable of going all the way for just the third time, after previous premiership victories in 1991 and 2003.
The decision by Phil Gould to move Ivan Cleary on in favour of Anthony Griffin at the end of the 2015 season paid an early dividend when the club finished in the top six last season.
By contrast, after sneaking into the finals in 2015, the Dragons took one step backwards too many last season, finishing 11th and struggling to score.
It came to the point that upon his signing with the Panthers, Rein labelled his old club “boring”. This has no doubt lit the fuse ahead of his and Trent Merrin’s return to Kogarah Oval (the Dragons’ win over the Panthers in Round 4 last year was at Wollongong) as opposition players.
Still, they were the only club last year to defeat each of the top four (namely the Storm, Raiders, Sharks and Cowboys), though their wins over the Storm and Cowboys came when those teams were missing key players on Origin duty.
But any chances the Dragons have of improving on last year’s dismal campaign took a huge hit in the pre-season, when halfback Drew Hutchison went down with a knee injury which will see him sidelined for the entire season.
This leaves Josh McCrone and Jai Field as their first choices in the No.7 guernsey, which will be inherited by Ben Hunt when he joins the club from the Broncos at the end of this upcoming season.
In the meantime, not much is expected from the Red V in 2017, and fans will have to churn through yet another tough season; this is despite their season opener against the Panthers being at Kogarah Oval.
Prediction: Panthers by 12 points.
St George Illawarra Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Josh McCrone 8. Russell Packer 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Jacob Host 17. Jai Field 18. Kurt Mann 19. Taane Milne 20. Jake Marketo 21. Hame Sele.
Unavailables: Matt Dufty (hyper-extended knee, rounds 2-4), Drew Hutchison (ACL, season), Mose Masoe (knee, indefinite), Yaw Kiti Glymin (shoulder, indefinite), Will Matthews (dislocated hip, indefinite)
Penrith Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Dean Whare 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Peta Hiku 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Peter Wallace 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14. James Fisher-Harris 15. Leilani Latu 16. Tim Browne 17. Moses Leota 18. Sitaleki Akauola 19. Dylan Edwards 20. Mitch Rein 21. Sione Katoa
Unavailables: Josh Mansour (ACL, late rounds), Sam McKendry (ACL, season), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (foot, round three)