New Zealand Warriors v St George Dragons 5/30/20 NRL Rugby Pick, Odds, Prediction
St George Dragons (0-2) v New Zealand Warriors (0-2)
Round 3 Saturday May 30th 2020, 15:00 AEST 1 AM EST
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In this round 3 contest between the St George Dragons and the New Zealand Warriors, both teams will look to get their first win of the season. Dragons surrended leads in both of their games so far this season losing to Wests Tigers 24-14 and the Penrith Panthers by a score of 32-28. The warriors on the other hand have scored getting points on the board losing their season opener against the Knights 20-0 before falling 20-6 against the Raiders.
Dragons playmakers Ben Hunt and Corey Norman are the kind of players who can potentially bust a game wide open, however, they lack the weapons out wide to be able to compete against elite defences. In the first two games of the season, the Dragons have been forced to play the game in their own end of the field managing just 36% of the territory vs the Tigers and 40% vs the Panthers. Combine that with only securing 41% and 46% of possession in those respective games will limit their scoring opportunities in this contest. Dragons are one of the more fortunate teams however at the timing of this break as they are set to welcome back key role players Cameron McInnes and Sims brothers Korbin and Tariq. These inclusions gives them the luxury of shifting Issac Luke back to the utility bench role and Tyrell Fuimaono to slot into the forward interchange rotation.
Warriors have been one of the most ineffective teams offensively so far this season, dead last in the competition with zero line breaks and twelfth in post contact metres with 848. To compound this they are also outside the top ten in tackle breaks and time in possession.
I like the fact that the Dragons have some significant inclusions and that the Warriors are forced to play away from home for the foreseeable future. The Warriors do have a solid kicking game but lack any punch offensively to be able to compete. I do think they will have the opportunity to put some points up here against a weaker defence in the Dragons but I like the Dragons to get the lead and hold onto it in this one.