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The St. George Illawarra Dragons have earned some redemption following their last minute defeat at the hands of the Storm in Round 6, knocking off the Warriors 20-10 at Jubilee Oval. A crowd of 10,559 watched on as the match flared up in the first half with a fast paced attacking style dominating.
Wayne Bennett may be long gone from Kogarah, but his lessons have remained as Gareth Widdop opted for a penalty goal in the 21st minute to give his side a 2-0 lead mid-way through the first half.
Jason Nightingale sailed head first into the western corner to post the Dragons first four-pointer as jumped incredibly to dive over. Widdop unable to convert from the sideline, Dragons 6-0.
Mike Cooper stood-up Warriors fullback, Sam Tomkins in the final minute before half time as he steamrolled him to claim his first NRL try. The Dragons returned to the sheds after 40 minutes ahead 12-0.
The Warriors hoped to fight back into the match as they claimed two second half tries to Sam Tomkins (49th minute) and Manu Vatuvei (63rd minute), but it wasn't enough as the Dragons held them out.
The Dragons defence was tested on a number of occasions but the Red V held together with brilliant second half options from Michael Witt which lead to Josh Dugan scoring the match winner as the Dragons went 50 metres downfield.
St. George Illawarra earned redemption as they defeated the Warriors 20-10 ending a three game losing streak at Jubilee Oval. Next week the Dragons host the Sydney Roosters on the traditional ANZAC Day clash at ANZ Stadium. Meanwhile the Warriors head to Melbourne to battle the Storm at AAMI Park.
LATE MAIL: Dragons - Nathan Green replaces Dylan Farrell who is out as he ruptured his pectoral muscle last weekend. Leeson Ah Mau starts in play of Joel Thompson who failed a concussion test. Jack de Belin shifts into the starting side, pushing Dan Hunt back to the bench
LATE MAIL: Warriors - Jayson Bukuya has been ruled out which sees Sebastine Ikahihifo called into the starting side.
Welcome to Jubilee Oval for the first time in 2014 as the Dragons will look for redemption after thier last minute loss to the Melbourne Storm due to an error made by match officials. The NZ Warriors come to Kogarah looking to get another W in the win column. Stand by for kick off.
We are UNDERWAY at Jubilee Oval as the Dragons kick off, the Warriors get first use of the ball.
2: Opening sets from both teams are controlled, completing through long kicks. End to end football after 2 minutes.
4: Incredible play from the Dragons, Josh Dugan cleaned up a grubber kick on the last tackle, he break free to link with Jason Nightingale who then provided an offload Nathan Green to charge over the halfway line. Dragons rolling now.
6: Kick from Shaun Johnson rolls dead on the last tackle, Dragons earn a zero tackle, 20 metre tap
10: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Ben Creagh makes an unforced error.
Ben Creagh unable to take the quick pass as the Dragons spread quickly across from Josh Dugan. It's been a quick paced attack so far, Johnson forces the shift play and the mistake comes. Scrum for the Warriors 30 metres off their own try line.
11: Forward pass is called as Dane Nielsen shifted to his winger in David Fusitua. Warriors spreading looking to create the overlap on the western side, scrum packs for the Dragons 40 metres out from the Warriors try line.
12: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Trent Merrin makes an unforced error.
Trent Merrin unable to take the boot laces ball as Josh Dugan offloaded back middle field to Michael Witt, but Merrin left to clean up. Scrum for the Warriors 20 metres out from their own try line.
15: Gareth Widdop with a long kick from inside the 40 metres, unable to find the 20 metre line for a 40/20. The kick bounces out and a scrum packs 22 metres out from the Warriors line for the Kiwis.
16: UNFORCED ERROR NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Thomas Leuluai makes an unforced error.
Nathan Friend unable to find Thomas Leuluai as he comes up with the first mistake for the Warriors. Dragons pack a scrum down 30 metres off their own try line.
17: Penalty to the Dragons as Jason Nightingale was put in a dangerous tackle by the Warriors. Quick tap taken and the Dragons march up over the 40 metre line.
18: ZERO TACKLE for the Warriors, but as Shaun Johnson gets running, the penalty comes for a slow release in the ruck. Johnson kicks for touch and the Warriors advance up to the half way line.
20: Penalty to the Dragons, their third of the game leading the count 3-1. They will take the penalty goal on offer.
21: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Penalty goal attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.
Gareth Widdop with the penalty goal attempt is successful as he nails the kick from 30 metres out from right in front of the posts.
26: Penalty to the Dragons, Dan Hunt is penalised for a slow release in the ruck. Shaun Johnson kicks for the touchline to advance the Warriors up over the halfway line. Meanwhile, Dominique Peyroux has come off with a possible shoulder injury.
27: Shaun Johnson puts up a bomb on the last tackle for the Dragons, Josh Dugan pushes away from the defence but wrapped up. As he went to ground, Sam Tomkins went in with the knees and copped him in the head. No penalty comes as the Dragons come off their own try line.
28: Charlie Gubb is penalised for being inside the 10 metres, Dragons kick for the sideline and march up to the Warriors 30 metre line.
29: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Mitch Rein makes an unforced error.
Mitch Rein took a dive towards the try line but as he reached out the Warriors tacklers put him off and the ball comes free. Scrum for the Warriors 10 metres off their own try line.
32: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Jason Nightingale makes an unforced error.
Jason Nightingale has bombed a certain try as he carried the ball one-handed, Widdop's bomb was pin-point but the Warriors chases force him towards the sideline. Change over for the Warriors deep in their own half
33: VIDEO REFEREE for the Jason Nightingale - This is amazing skill from the winger
34: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Jason Nightingale. Kick to come.
Jason Nightingale gets the green lights as he dived over in the corner with an amazing piece of ariel skill to play the ball down.
36: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Conversion attempt by Gareth Widdop unsuccessful.
Gareth Widdop unable to convert from the sideline as he pushes the kick across the face of goal
40: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Michael Cooper. Kick to come.
Michael Cooper claims his first NRL try as he charges through the Warriors defence, Mitch Rein provides the short pass from acting half. Brilliant work from the Dragons to single out Sam Tomkins and stroll over.
40: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Conversion attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.
Gareth Widdop with the conversion attempt from right beside the uprights slots the extras to make it a 12 point lead
40: Second half is UNDERWAY at Jubilee Oval as the Dragons lead the Warriors 12-0 as the Kiwis kick off.
49: TRY NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Scored by Sam Tomkins. Kick to come.
Sam Tomkins has taken inside ball from Thomas Leulaui and bolts away from Nathan Green and Josh Dugan to stroll over under the posts. Brilliant running from the Warriors fullback to post the first try for the Kiwis.
51: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Conversion attempt by Shaun Johnson successful.
Shaun Johnson with the conversion attempt from next to the uprights slots the extras to make the gap just 6 points.
55: Sam Tomkins kicks the ball dead as the Dragons placed a grubber kick in goal. Line drop out for the Warriors to give the Dragons a repeat set.
57: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Penalty goal attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.
Gareth Widdop has extended the Dragons lead to 8 points as the Warriors conceded a penalty for laying in the ruck too long.
59: Penalty to the Dragons as the Warriors run an obstruction play on the 4th tackle looking for the try line. A let off for the Dragons defence as they kick ahead and attack 30 metres off their own try line.
66: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Brett Morris makes an unforced error.
Brett Morris unable to take a spreading play from the Dragons as they attacked the left side of Jubilee Oval. Scrum for the Warriors 20 metres short of halfway
67: Manu Vatuvei jumped for a high kick for the Warriors on the eastern side, he knocked it down for Dane Nielsen but he puts a foot over the sideline as he took the ball. Scrum for the Dragons 10 metres off their try line.
69: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Josh Dugan. Kick to come.
Josh Dugan has raced in as he is awarded the four-pointer as he beat Dane Nielsen to a bouncing ball off a kick from Michael Witt.
70: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Conversion attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.
Gareth Widdop has nail the conversion attempt to extend the Dragons lead to 10 points from next to the right post.
70: Penalty to the Dragons as the kick off from the Warriors fails to go 10 metres. The Dragons kick for line and attack 30 metres out from the Warriors try line.
74: Penalty to the Warriors, strip in the tackle the call against Dan Hunt. Warriors march up to 40 metres out from the Dragons try line.
75: Brilliant pick up from Nathan Green as he managed to take a bouncing grubber kick and run back in the field of play. Dragons with possession 15 metres out from their own line.
76: Gareth Widdop aimed downfield for a 40/20, but it's short and out on the full. Change over for the Warriors 40 metres out from the Dragons try line.
76: Penalty to the Warriors as Laumape was dragged over the sideline. They attack 15 metres out.
78: Shaun Johnson's floating pass is unable to be taken by Nielsen on the western sideline as it floats into touch. Scrum for the Dragons deep in their own half.
79: Beautiful kick from Michael Witt which sees Tomkins trapped in goal. Line drop out for the Warriors to give the Dragons the final set of the game.
80: FULL TIME at Jubilee Oval as seen the Dragons get some redemption as they have knocked off the Warriors 20-10 in front of 10,559 fans.