Dragons roll through Eels

Josh Dugan has starred with two tries in the Dragons' 32-12 thrashing over the Parramatta Eels at WIN Stadium, with 17,458 in attendance.

The Dragons posted first points quickly as Origin-bound forward Trent Merrin muscled his way through the Eels defence. Jamie Soward made it 6-0 after 3 minutes with his conversion.

A second Origin-rep Dragon charged his way over 17 minutes later, as Ben Creagh powered over off a short pass from Nathan Fien. The Dragons led 12-0 after 20 minutes. Daniel Vidot embarrassed the Eels defence twice in seven minutes with two tries scored in exactly the same manner with two beautiful cut out passes from Jamie Soward. At the half time break, the Dragons were well on top of the struggling Eels 20-0.

Josh Dugan started the second half with his first try for the Dragons since signing two weeks ago. The re-born star came up with a one-on-one strip on Luke Kelly to post his try off the kick of Soward. The Dragons extended their lead to 26-0 after 46 minutes.

Among the poor performances from the Parramatta side came a shining light in Peni Terepo, who posted his own double of tries in the second half, running hard through the Dragons defence to score in the 62nd and 77th minutes.

Dugan claimed his final try thanks to Nathan Fien who provided a pin-point kick to the corner late in the game before Terepo scored the Eels' final consolation. The Dragons in the end claimed victory 32-12 over Parramatta.

It was a promising night for "debutant" Dugan, the fullback coming up with a quality performance in his first game for the Red V, after being sidelined for 9 weeks for off field incidents at Canberra.

Next week the Dragons continue their mortgage on the 5:30pm Saturday timeslot when they host Penrith at their other home ground - WIN Jubilee Oval at Kogarah. Parramatta will host the Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon in Mudgee.

Match Details
St. George Illawarra Dragons 32 Parramatta Eels 12
Venue: WIN Stadium
Crowd: 17458
Halftime Score: St. George Illawarra Dragons 20-0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jack de Belin
2 points - Josh Dugan
1 point - Ben Creagh

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (32)
Tries: Trent Merrin, Ben Creagh, Daniel Vidot (2), Josh Dugan (2)
Conversions: Jamie Soward (4/6)

PARRAMATTA EELS (12)
Tries: Peni Terepo (2)
Conversions: Chris Sandow (2/2)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Welcome to LeagueUnlimited.com coverage LIVE from WIN Stadium in Wollongong as the Dragons host the Parramatta Eels.

Team news for the Dragons, Cameron King comes in for Mitch Rein who is ruled out with injury. Damien Cook is added on the bench, he joins Tyson Frizell on the bench with Bronson Harrison into the starting side. Matt Prior comes into the centres with Matt Cooper out with a toe injury.

Eels: Unchanged, 1-17

Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Jason Nightingale 3. Chase Stanley 15. Matt Prior 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Jamie Soward 7. Nathan Fien 8. Dan Hunt 18. Cameron King 10. Michael Weyman 14. Bronson Harrison 12. Ben Creagh (c) 13. Trent Merrin
Interchange: 11. Tyson Frizell 16. Jack de Belin 17. Jack Stockwell 19. Damien Cook

Eels: 1. Jarryd Hayne (c) 2. Ken Sio 3. Api Pewhairangi 4. Jacob Loko 5. Vai Toutai 6. Luke Kelly 7. Chris Sandow 8. Fuifui Moimoi 9. Matt Keating 10. Tim Mannah 11. Reni Maitua (c) 12. Kelepi Tanginoa 13. Peni Terepo
Interchange: 14. Kaysa Pritchard 15. Junior Paulo 16. Joseph Paulo 17. Mitchell Allgood
We are minutes away from kick off with the teams getting the final messages from their coaches.
The Parramatta Eels are out onto WIN Stadium ahead of kick off, they will kick off tonight
1 min: We are UNDERWAY at WIN Stadium with the Parramatta Eels kicking off. Michael Weyman takes the first hit up of the match
1 min: First penalty of the match against the Eels for hands on the ball in the ruck. Jamie Soward first touch and the Dragons attack 30 metres out from the Eels line
3 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Trent Merrin. Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.
Trent Merrin with a simple charge through three Parramatta defenders to crash over for the Pink V tonight. Jamie Soward makes no mistake with the kick to add the extras
St. George Illawarra Dragons 6-0
4 min: Penalty to the Dragons against the Eels, foot in the in ruck after the held call. Dragons attacking inside the Eels half
5 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Chase Stanley makes an unforced error.
Mistake from Chase Stanley off a forward pass from Nathan Fien. Eels with their first touch through a scrum feed on their 30 metre line
6 min: Daniel Vidot is trapped in goal off a short kick from Chris Sandow as the Eels get a repeat set from their first set. Line drop out for the Eels
7 min: Penalty against Josh Dugan for a strip on Matt Keating short of the goal line after the held call. Full set for the Eels inside the Dragons 10 metre line
8 min: Chris Sandow kicks for the corner for Vai Toutai, but he took the ball over the sideline as he failed to stay in the in goal area. Dragons with possession through a scrum 10 metres out
9 min: Josh Dugan is forced over the sideline as he found a gap, the Eels defence through Reni Maitua force him out. Scrum feed to the Eels on their own 10 metre line
12 min: Tim Mannah earns a penalty for the Eels as Michael Weyman didn't clear the ruck. Eels through Chris Sandow rockets the ball downfield and finds the line 20 metres away from the Dragons goal line
13 min: Reni Maitua is denied as Luke Kelly links up with him with a forward pass. Scrum feed packs for the Dragons on their 10 metre line
16 min: Luke Kelly kicks the ball downfield on the tackle, the ball finds the line 10 metres from the Dragons line. Scrum backs for the Dragons as a result.
17 min: Penalty to the Dragons from the scrum base in the first tackle as Joseph Paulo is pinged for hand on the ball in the ruck after the held call. Jamie Soward finds touch and the Dragons attack 40 metres from their goal line
18 min: Josh Dugan earns a penalty for a strip in the ruck from the Eels. Dragons take the quick tap and attack 10 metres out
20 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Ben Creagh. Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.
Nathan Fein spreads the ball quickly to Ben Creagh who darts through hole off the short pass from Fein. The Dragons making the Eels pay off the penalty inside the 10 metre zone. Jamie Soward makes no mistake with the kick again
St. George Illawarra Dragons 12-0
24 min: Great kick return from Josh Dugan who gained 60 metres with a strong step through the Eels defence. Has been strong tonight in his first game for the Dragons
25 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Daniel Vidot. Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward unsuccessful.
The Dragons backing up the massive line break from Josh Dugan with their third try of the night. Jamie Soward fired a cut out pass to his winger in Daniel Vidot who strolled over in the corner untouched. Soward from the touchline is unable to add the extras
St. George Illawarra Dragons 16-0
28 min: Penalty to the Eels as the Dragons have a second attempt in the ruck after the held call. Eels kick for touch and march up to halfway to start their set
29 min: Luke Kelly puts the kick through the line on the last tackle, Jason Nightingale on the mark to force the ball dead. Eels earn a line drop out.
30 min: Jarryd Hayne trying to create points in the corner with a short grubber kick early in the set, but the ball bounces over the sideline. Scrum feed for the Dragons on the 10 metre line.
32 min: Jamie Soward with a controlled kick on the last tackle for the Dragons finds the sideline 5 metres from the goal line. Scrum feed will pack down for the Eels 10 metres off their own line.
33 min: Forward pass called against the Eels as they attempted to spread the ball wide. Scrum for the Dragons
35 min: Jarryd Hayne has been forced back in goal off the short kick from Nathan Fein. Jason Nightingale and Chase Stanley doing a great job to force Hayne back in goal. Line drop out for the Dragons as a result
38 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Daniel Vidot. Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward unsuccessful.
Daniel Vidot scores his second four-pointer of the night in similar fashion to his first thanks to a floating cut out pass from Jamie Soward. Great strength from the winger to charge over through two Eels defenders. Jamie Soward once again pushes it across the face of goal
St. George Illawarra Dragons 20-0
40 min: HALF TIME at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, the Dragons lead the Eels 20-0
41 min: Second half is UNDERWAY at WIN Stadium with the Dragons leading comfortably so far 20-0 over the Eels
43 min: Forward pass called against Joseph Paulo to Mitchell Allgood. Scrum feed for the Dragons on their 40 metre line
46 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Josh Dugan. Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.
Josh Dugan with a strong one-on-one strip in goal to steal the ball on Luke Kelly following the good kick from Jamie Soward. Dugan has been good tonight on his return certainly aiming up in his performance. Jamie Soward with the conversion attempt adds the extras
St. George Illawarra Dragons 26-0
46 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Josh Dugan makes an unforced error.
Josh Dugan stepped through the Eels line but at the death before breaking away unable to hold onto possession. The mistake gives the Eels a scrum feed on their own 40 metre line
48 min: Penalty to the Eels with the Dragons through Tyson Frizell not clearing the ball. Eels attacking 20 metres from the Dragons goal line
49 min: Api Pewhairangi attempted to get around Matt Prior, but he is grabbed around the collar and forced over the sideline. Scrum feed for the Dragons on their 10 metre line
51 min: Jarryd Hayne with a super try saver as he dumped Josh Dugan in a tackle as Dugan looked certain to stroll over for his second try. However, the next play a mistake from the Dragons gives the Eels a scrum feed on their 10 metre line
55 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Daniel Vidot makes an unforced error.
Daniel Vidot unable to take the cut out pass from Jamie Soward, he drops it. Mistake gives the Eels a scrum feed their 30 metre line
58 min: Penalty against Api Pewhairangi for not clearing the ruck quick enough. However, the Dragons fail to find the sideline from the free kick and the Eels come up with possession on halfway
62 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Peni Terepo. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Peni Terepo claims his first NRL try as he backed up Chris Sandow in support with a solid line break. Sandow converts without mistake
St. George Illawarra Dragons 26-6
63 min: Reni Maitua has been penalised for a shoulder charge. Dragons with it on halfway
64 min: Jamie Soward with a floating pass is ruled forward as he attempted to link up with Daniel Vidot again. Scrum feed to the Eels now
65 min: Firstly a mistake from Api Pewhairangi, then a penalty against Chris Sandow for kicking the ball away. Dragons attacking 20 metres from the Eels line
67 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Dragons, Josh Dugan the scorer. We are looking at obstruction
67 min: NO TRY for Dugan. Penalty for obstruction against Michael Weyman as he blocked the Eels defenders.
71 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Jarryd Hayne makes an unforced error.
Jarryd Hayne trying to run and quickly dart out of acting half has dropped the ball. Scrum Dragons 20 metres out from the Eels goal line
73 min: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Josh Dugan. Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.
Josh Dugan claims his second four-pointer of the night as Nathan Fein provides a pin-point kick to the corner on the last tackle. Great kick from Fein sees the Dragons extend this healthy lead. Jamie Soward with the conversion makes it a 26 point ball game
St. George Illawarra Dragons 32-6
77 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Peni Terepo. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Peni Terepo slips through a gap in the Dragons defence thanks to a short pass from Joseph Paulo. Chris Sandow quickly converts to make the gap 20 points.
St. George Illawarra Dragons 32-12
79 min: Back to back penalites for the Eels, quick tap taken and the Eels attack 10 metres from the Dragons line
80 min: FULL TIME at WIN Stadium in Wollongong has seen the Dragons defeat the Parramatta Eels 32-12
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