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.
St. George Illawarra Dragons 32 Parramatta Eels 12
Venue: WIN Stadium
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 againSt. George Illawarra Dragons
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
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.
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
HALF TIME at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, the Dragons lead the Eels 20-0
Second half is UNDERWAY at WIN Stadium with the Dragons leading comfortably so far 20-0 over the Eels
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
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
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
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
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
VIDEO REFEREE for the Dragons, Josh Dugan
the scorer. We are looking at obstruction
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
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 gameSt. George Illawarra Dragons
Back to back penalites for the Eels, quick tap taken and the Eels attack 10 metres from the Dragons line
FULL TIME at WIN Stadium in Wollongong has seen the Dragons defeat the Parramatta Eels