If there were any doubts before, there aren’t any more, the Western Suburbs Magpies are officially in a form slump. Having lost four of their last five which also included a less than convincing win against the Vulcans in round 14, the break may have came at the perfect time for the Magpies. The Dragons will head to Campbelltown knowing that they haven’t tasted victory since a win against the Bears way back in round five and there is little doubt that Terry Gilogley and his men will be trying to move heaven and earth to break that unwanted streak. Michael Lett returns to the back for Shellharbour after spending some time in the NRL recently as cover for Brett Morris, Matt Cooper, Darius Boyd and Beau Scott who have all missed games over the origin period. With the Dragons (NRL) having the bye this weekend, there is some chance that a number of fringe players may make surprise appearances here. After playing a pivotal role in the NSW Residents victory against QLD on Wednesday night, Nathan Waters despite not being named is expected to play and Andrew Fifita is the Wests Tigers 19th man on Friday night against the Titans, but once again he may take his place here if his services are not required in first grade. Despite Wests recent indifferent form it would be hard to see them not win here, if they are serious about contending for the 2010 title then surely this is a game they can’t afford to lose.
Western Suburbs Magpies Vs Shellharbour Dragons
Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Saturday, July 10
Referee: Phil Henderson
Broadcast: NSWRL Match of the Round to be aired on Fox Sports 2, Wednesday, July 14, 5.00pm
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