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Neither the Dragons or Warriors can make the grand final after consecutive defeats, but they'll both be desperate to finish their campaigns with a victory.

St George Illawarra provided glimpses of their class as they threatened a comeback against the champion Broncos last Saturday but ultimately went down 18-4 and copped injuries in the process.

The Warriors showed promise in round one but regressed slightly in a 22-12 defeat to the Roosters after which coach Brad Donald admitted it's been challenging to get the new-look team to click.

The rundown

Team news

Dragons: St George Illawarra will have one less player on the bench after Maddie Studdon (ankle), Tiana Penitani (knee) and Shakiah Tungai (shoulder) were all ruled out on game day.

The Dragons had only named a 19-woman squad on Tuesday after injuries to Kezie Apps (knee) and Isabelle Kelly (ankle) and Shaylee Bent's suspension.

Bench duo Georgia Page and Talei Holmes are promoted to start.Tiana Penitani moves to the centres and winger Rikeya Horne included for her first game of the campaign.

Keeley Davis has officially swapped from hooker to five-eighth with Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili doing the reverse. Jade Etherden and Teagan Berry are the new faces on the pine. The Dragons have won two from two against the Warriors.

Warriors: Teaghan Hartigan starts in the second row with Shaniah Power to come off the bench, while Laken Paitai replaces 16 on the interchange. Stephanie Ball was the other player to drop out of the extended squad on game day after Kanyon Paul and Brianna Clark were omitted 24 hours before kick-off.

Simone Smith has been benched with Naomi Kara in at halfback. Samantha Economos is set to start at prop, Hilda Peters at hooker and Shaniah Power in the second row with Kayla Sauvao and Kanyon Paul dropping out. Teaghan Hartigan and Taimane Levu are the new names on the bench.

Centre Evania Pelite has scored in back-to-back games in 2020.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Sam Bremner
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Karina Brown
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jaime Chapman
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Madison Bartlett
  • Centre for Dragons is number 2 Rikeya Horne
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Shontelle Stowers
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jessica Sergis
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Evania Pelite
  • Winger for Dragons is number 14 Teagan Berry
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ellia Green
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Keeley Davis
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kirra Dibb
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 16 Jade Etherden
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Naomi Kara

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Ellie Johnston
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Crystal Tamarua
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Hilda Peters
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Stephanie Hancock
    Prop for Warriors is number 15 Taimane Levu
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Georgia Page
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tazmin Gray
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Talei Holmes
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 14 Teaghan Hartigan
  • Lock for Dragons is number 19 Maddison Weatherall
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Georgia Hale

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 13 Elsie Albert
    Interchange for Warriors is number 10 Samantha Economos
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Christine Pauli
    Interchange for Warriors is number 11 Shaniah Power
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Mahalia Murphy
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Michaela Peck
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Laken Paitai

Match Officials

  • Referee: Belinda Sharpe
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Clark

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Stat Attack

The Dragons must be alert in defence because the Warriors have thrown more offloads (19) than anyone else so far this year. The Broncos have produced 18 while St George Illawarra have managed 15.