The Bulldogs meeting with the St George Illawarra Dragons this weekend will be the second encounter between the two sides in finals’.

The previous clash between the two sides in finals’ was back in 2001 and on this day the Dragons came away with a 23-22 victory.

MATCH REPORT

The Bulldogs and Dragons have met on 29 occasions since the joint venture was formed in 1999, with the Bulldogs winning 18 of these matches compared to the Dragons 11. There is yet to be a draw between the two sides.

The recent battles between the two sides have seen the Bulldogs dominate, winning six of the last seven matches with four of those victories all coming at ANZ Stadium.

The Bulldogs have won eight of the 14 games played between the two sides at ANZ Stadium and registered their biggest win against the Red V in round nine of the 2014 season.

The Bulldogs came away from ANZ Stadium with a 38-6 victory, surpassing the previous biggest win from 2004 when the Bulldogs won 38-12.

Meanwhile, the St George Illawarra Dragons handed the Bulldogs their biggest defeat in round 20 of the 2008 season, a 30-0 score-line.

One man who has enjoyed plenty of success against the Dragons is former Dragon himself Josh Morris.

Since joining the Bulldogs in 2009, the impressive centre has been able to score nine tries against the joint venture, including a hat-trick and a double in 2012.

Another player who has found the try-line on a number of occasions when playing the Dragons is, centre Tim Lafai. Lafai may only have four tries for the year so far, but he has scored six tries against the Red V, including a hat-trick in 2014 that helped the Bulldogs record their biggest ever win over the St George Illawarra Dragons.

The Bulldogs have won their last five coming into the finals, while the Dragons have managed three wins from their last five, but we all know, come finals time, it’s a whole new ball game.