Game Day Guide: Round 6 vs. Knights
St George Illawarra Dragons provided the perfect offer on Easter Sunday afternoon when they take on Newcastle Knights at the WIN Stadium in Wollongong.
Easter Sunday special with eggs
After eating your chocolate weight on Sunday, be sure to head to WIN Stadium to enjoy the special day of activities scheduled.
The Easter Bunny will be bouncing around the enclosure on Sunday, spreading the cheer and of course handing out more chocolatey goodness.
Be sure to visit the game zone on Harbor Street (outside Gate A) and challenge your friends to carrothole (cornhole) and Conn-egg 4 (Connect 4).
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket and be sure to see the makeup artists on the hill and treat yourself to a special Dragons showbag available at Gates A and C.
Plus, with a bank holiday on Monday, you can drop your hare while Aussie band Black Pallas play the music at halftime.
Will Sunday’s Easter Egg Party be a big day for the family? You bet.
NRL Round 6: Dragons v Newcastle Knights
Date: Sunday April 17
Place: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
KOE Cup kick off: 1:40 p.m.
NRL kick-off: 4:05 p.m.
Book your place for Easter Sunday here.
List of suspended Duo Plot Teams
Dragons manager Anthony Griffin has brought in his old stalwart Josh McGuire to help turn the tide for the Red V.
McGuire, who was handed a lengthy ban at the end of the 2021 season, will return for his first game of the new campaign at the expense of Jackson Ford.
Aaron Woods also finds him named to the extended squad alongside another intriguing name in Tyrell Fuimaono, who is also returning from a suspension earned in pre-season testing.
George Burgess is the new face of Dragons’ 17.
Defend the Alex McKinnon Cup
As they have for eight years, the Dragons and Newcastle will play for the Alex McKinnon Cup.
After making his NRL debut at the Dragons in 2011, McKinnon moved to Newcastle the following year. His career would be tragically cut short in early 2014; a tackle gone wrong resulted in the 30-year-old becoming a quadriplegic.
McKinnon’s namesake cup is a fitting way to recognize Alex’s contribution to both clubs, which is played the first time they meet each season.
The Dragons have a great record in Alex McKinnon Cup matchups, winning six of seven games so far.
Steel City Showdown
There aren’t too many similarities between Knights and Dragons, even the cities they represent might be long-lost relatives.
Both Newcastle and Wollongong are located on pristine coastline with a proud blue-collar following. A sequel that also certainly demands success.
The same can’t be said for meetings on a football field, with the Knights looking more like tin foil than steel.
The Dragons hold an emphatic record over Novocastrians by winning 28 of 41 games, giving Newcastle’s worst win-loss record against any other club (31.7%).
The two GREAT ins of the knights
On paper, the returns from injury of David Klemmer and Edrick Lee are good news for Newcastle.
On the court, the big bodies of Origin representatives make it even more difficult for the Dragons on Sunday.
Lee’s return ends 18 months of injury limbo. He replaces Dominic Young on the wing. Klemmer will start at the expense of Jirah Momoisea.