Two ridiculous selection decisions took away any hope the Saints had against the Eels and Anthony Griffin seems to be belligerently sticking to his guns.
South Sydney -9.5 ($1.90)
First thoughts on this game were that the Dragons would present as value. They would be big outsiders against a team that has historically had their measure and surely Anthony Griffin would walk back his late team changes that saw him drop two young stars and replace them with Moses Mbye and Jack Bird.
Wrong. Griffin is sticking his audacious-cum-stupid calls. That puts a line through the Saints.
Souths have won 16 of 19 against the Dragons including six straight at Accor. They have covered 8 of the last 10 meetings. Souths have covered 8 of 10 off scoring 25-plus and have made the nut in 11 of 17 at the old ANZ.
Souths can make a statement here.
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Latrell Mitchell Try/Alex Johnson Try/Cody Walker Try ($8.00)
Mitchell has scored nine tries in seven games against the Dragons.
Johnston scored a hat-trick the last time the teams met and the Saints have conceded four tries to left wingers this season.
Halves have scored four tries the last two weeks against the Dragons and Walker has scored in four straight against St George Illawarra.
Latrell Mitchell 2+ Tries ($7.50)
Star Souths fullback Latrell Mitchell is going to have a field day against the worst defensive side in the NRL off conceding 48. Mitchell has 14 tries in his last 18 games that included a double the last time he took on the Saints.