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Round 3 Key Match-Ups

We take a closer look at which players will be crucial to their team's success in today's Round 3 clash at Southern Cross Group Stdaium.

Jack Bird v Josh Dugan


Both named in the number 1 jersey this week, each player holds a rich amount of talent. Dugan brings a strength and experience where Bird brings youth and exhuberence. If Bird is to be named at fullback in Flanagan's final 17, watch this match-up with eager eyes.

James Maloney v Gareth Widdop


Two five-eights who have represented their country and have a wealth of experience in the top grade. Maloney, one of the best in Sharks colours last week against the Raiders will be the steady hand in the live-wire Sharks backline and will provide much of his side's direction alongside halves partner Chad Townsend. Widdop will be doing much the same, with the Red V skipper calling the shots for his side. Both kickers so expect a few points to come from the boot of each number 6.

Wade Graham v Tyson Frizell


Arguably the two in-form back rowers of the 2016 season. These former teammates will battle it out on the edge tomorrow and will do so at 100% intensity. Both players play with high energy, yet keep a level head. Expect Graham to offer a little more in attack with his fleet footed style of play and silky ball skils however don't underestimate Frizell's tenasity and determination to try and get one over his fellow NSWL Blues team mate.

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