The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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St.George had a slow start to the game and were behind by 18-0 before drawing level with the Steelers in the final minutes of the game. The Steelers managed to slot over a field goal with ten seconds remaining to take the two competition points against a valiant Dragons' team.
Following on from his two tries against the Central Coast last weekend, Second-Rower Matthew Mundine put in a fine performance against the Steelers and scored a try during St.George's comeback in the second-half. Richard Griffiths, Rory O'Brien and Evan McGrath crossed for the other St.George tries. Lock Chase Stanley kicked 3 goals but missed the final conversion that would have secured the match for the Saints.
The great Anthony Mundine and his family attended the Harold Matthews match to watch the performance of their family member.
St.George were less impressive in the SG Ball Cup, being defeated by 22-10 against the Graeme Bradley coached Steelers. St.George trailed 14-0 at half-time due to some atrocious handling and never looked like being victorious despite a second-half comeback. Michael Wilson and Luke Hume scored tries for the Saints, with halfback Matthew Seamark kicking one conversion.
The two highlights of the SG Ball Cup match were the send-off of an Illawarra player with 10 minutes remaining for an act of thuggery and a Steelers player who was set to score a runaway try but spilt the ball over the line in Max Mannix style.
St.George have a bye next weekend before clashing with Western Suburbs in round 4 at Oki Jubilee Stadium on March 19.