Round 21 St George-Illawarra Dragons 44 def. Sydney Roosters 6
The Dragons have delivered a near perfect performance to thrash the Roosters 44-6 at WIN Stadium. The game was locked up at 6-all at half time.
The first try of the match went to the Roosters. Amos Roberts pulled down an intercept as the Dragons looked likely to score and ran 90 metres to give his side an early lead. Mark Gasnier responded a few minutes later with the first of his three tries, a long break by the Dragons led to him getting the ball from Barrett to score. Ennis missed a penalty just on half time to leave the match locked up at 6-all going into the break.
In the second half the floodgates opened.
Gasnier ran from dummy half and got the ball to Best who scored out wide. The Dragons then cut the Roosters out wide again, allowing Greenshields to score from dummy half. Ennis added a penalty goal 16 minutes into the half before Gasnier got his second, diving from dummy half. He collected his third as he ran around defenders to score under the posts.
Shaun Timmins then stepped through some very weak tackling to score by the posts. Lance Thompson scored a try on full time to complete the rout.
The Dragons scored 38 second half points, and were near perfect throughout, completing 39 out of 41 sets - their two incompletions were bombed tries.
The Roosters have now lost four in a row and are showing no signs of making the finals.
The Dragons however, are looking very dangerous and threaten the Bulldogs and Broncos as form team of the competition.
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Scorers: ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS 44 Tries: Gasnier 3, Best, Greenshields, Timmins, Thompson Goals: Naiqama (1/1) Ennis (7/8) SYDNEY ROOSTERS 6 Tries: Roberts Goals: Fitzgibbon (1/1)
Live commentary: 0 min: Kickoff at WIN Stadium!
5 min: The Roosters have had very good field position thanks to their great defence.
11 min: Both teams playing entertaining end to end football.
15 min: TRY - Roosters The Dragons are hot on attack and Amos Roberts claims another intercept off Hornby and runs 90 metres to score. Fitzgibbon converts. Roosters 6-0.
19 min: TRY - Dragons Hornby makes a bust down the left side, on the next play Barrett gets the ball inside to Gasnier who scores. Naiqama converts. 6-all.
30 min: The game is back to the end to end football the game started with.
34 min: Naiqama makes a very impressive escape from the in goal.
36 min: Both teams are out on their feet at the moment.
40 min: Ennis misses a penalty goal right on half time. 6-all the score.
HALF TIME: Both teams have defended very well, the Roosters are scrambling very well. A penalty goal that just missed on half time leaves the match at 6-6.
40 min: The second half kicks off!
42 min: TRY - Dragons Gasnier runs from dummy half and slips the ball to Colin Best who beats Minichello to the corner. Ennis converts. Dragons 12-6.
48 min: TRY - Dragons After a long bust down the sideline by Naiqama, Greenshields dives over from dummy half to score by the posts. Ennis converts. Dragons 18-6.
50 min: The Dragons bomb a try as Cooper picks up a tidy grubber but Ennis drops the ball with the line open.
56 min: PENALTY GOAL - Dragons The Roosters give away a penalty and are then marched 10 metres. Ennis kicks the goal. Dragons 20-6.
64 min: TRY - Dragons Gasnier dives across from dummy half. Ennis converts. Dragons 26-6.
67 min: TRY - Dragons Gasnier puts on the footwork and collects his hat trick under the posts. Ennis converts. Dragons 32-6.
72 min: TRY - Dragons Timmins steps out of some weak tackles and scores by the posts. Ennis converts. Dragons 38-6.
74 min: The Dragons bomb another try as they break down the right and knock the ball on with the line open.
79 min: The Roosters break into open field but throw the ball away.
80 min: TRY - Dragons Best goes down the sideline and is tackled short. Gasnier drifts across field and passes the ball to charging Lance Thompson who scores. Ennis converts.
FULL TIME: The Dragons have piled on 38 unanswered second half points to flog the Roosters 44-6.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - M Gasnier (Dragons) 2 - B Hornby (Dragons) 1 - C Best (Dragons) -----------------------------------------