The Dragons have claimed their third consecutive win after defeating the Tigers 13-12 in a gritty match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in front off 21,844.
A field goal to Jamie Soward in the 73rd minutes reclaimed the lead for the Dragons and was enough for the Dragons to take out a messy match.
It was all the Tigers early in the match, as they dominated posession as field posession, but their inability to execute in attack saw them fail to convert their opportunities into points.
Three back-to-back sets were enough for the Dragons to get over the line with Soward putting Daniel Vidot over to open up the scoring in the 29th minute. Soward failed to convert the try.
Both sides were given some quality ball in the final minutes of the half but neither team were able to get over the try line.
It was all the Dragons early in the second half as the Tigers struggled to get back into the match.
Soward was instrumental again as he created a try for Brett Morris in the 49th minute. Soward failed to convert again.
The Dragons were over again in the 57th minute through Matt Cooper. Soward failed to convert again, keeping the Dragons' lead to 12.
The Tigers hit back through Ben Murdoch-Masila seven minutes late, barging over the try line to get the Tigers back into the match. Braith Anasta converted the try to put the Tigers within in a converted try of the lead.
Wests Tigers 12 St. George Illawarra Dragons 13
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Daniel Vidot
2 points - Tyson Frizell
1 point - Brett Morris
WESTS TIGERS (12)
Tries: Ben Murdoch-Masila, Tim Moltzen
Conversions: Braith Anasta (2/2)
ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (13)
Tries: Daniel Vidot, Brett Morris, Matt Cooper (3)
Field Goals: Jamie Soward (1/2)
Conversions: Jamie Soward (0/3)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
For the Dragons, Michael Henderson drops off the five-man bench, meaning Damien Cook will debut in jersey #18.
Tigers: 1. Tim Moltzen 2. Joel Reddy 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Chris Lawrence 5. James Tedesco 21. Curtis Sironen 7. Braith Anasta 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah 10. Jack Buchanan 13. Adam Blair 14. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Matt Bell
Interchange: 15. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Eddy Pettybourne 18. Sauaso Sue 19. Shaun Spence
Dragons: 1. Jason Nightingale 2. Brett Morris 3. Chase Stanley 4. Matt Cooper 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Jamie Soward 7. Nathan Fien 8. Dan Hunt 9. Mitch Rein 10. Jack Stockwell 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Ben Creagh 13. Trent Merrin
Interchange: 14. Bronson Harrison 15. Matt Prior 16. Jack de Belin 18. Damien Cook
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