When the Dragons and Wests Tigers meet at Win Stadium on Sunday, there’s a lot on the line.
St George Illawarra had been on a four-match winning streak before suffering back-to-back defeats.
The return of halfback and skipper Ben Hunt from a leg injury would help the Red V. As a result, Jack Bird will return to the centres after a week in the halves with coach Anthony Griffin.
One hour before kickoff, Josh McGuire was promoted to the starting lineup, while Tyrell Fuimaono was demoted to the bench.
The Red V have taken an early lead thanks to a Cody Ramsey try and the boot of Zac Lomax, who has gone off with a suspected broken leg.
For the Tigers, Tommy Talau replied before debutants Zac Cini and Joey Leilua followed him across the line.
On Anzac Day, the Tigers were thrashed 40-6 by Manly, and all eyes will be on how they bounce back.
With James Roberts ruled out, coach Michael Maguire has made one improvement to his backline. Zac Cini, a young gun who has wowed in the NSW Cup this season, will make his NRL debut.
Dragons team: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Max Feagan 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 15. Josh Mcguire 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Billy Burns 18. Kaide Ellis
18th man: Junior Amone.
Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 5. Tommy Talau 24. Zac Cini 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Moses Mbye 15. Stefano Utoikamanu 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Thomas Mikaele
18th man: Michael Chee Kam