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The South Sydney Rabbitohs have started 2006 on a winning note after defeating the St George Illawarra Dragons 14-12 in the Charity Shield trial at Telstra Stadium tonight.
The Dragons came out the blocks impressively after five-eighth Trent Barrett scored the first try of the night after getting past three Souths players on his way to the line. A second Barrett inspired try gave the Dragons a 12-0 lead at halftime after he put in a chip kick for fullback Ben Hornby who planted it over the line.
Whatever Souths' coach Shaun McRae said at halftime must of worked, as it was a different South Sydney who came onto the field for the second half. They outscored the Dragons by three tries to none.
Paul Mellor got the first try for Souths off a nice grubber kick out wide by Ben Walker and then once again there was another try out wide, this time to Shannon Hegarty to bring Souths within four.
The match winning try came with about twenty minutes remaining to David Faalogo which gave Souths a 14-12 lead.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14
Tries: Mellor, Hegarty, Fa'alogo
Goals: B Walker 1/3
St George Illawarra Dragons 12
Tries: Barrett, Hornby
Goals: Naiqama 2/2
Kickofff: 8:00pm 18 Feb 2006
Referee: Steve Clark
By The Clock:
Kickoff and match underway.
13 min: NEWS Still 0-0 at Telstra after around 13 minutes of play.
15 min: TRY St George Illawarra Dragons
Trent Barrett gets the first try of the night after he beats about three Souths players from 5m out from the line.
21st min: TRY St George Illawarra Dragons
Trent Barrett puts in a chip kick for Ben Hornby who scores a try to put the Dragons further in front.
40 min: NEWS Halftime in the Charity Shield as the rain continues to pour down the Dragons lead
42nd min: NEWS Trent Barrett and Ben Hornby will not appear in the 2nd half as the Dragons are resting them.
46th min: TRY South Sydney
Try to Souths as Ben Walker puts in a nice grubber kick for Paul Mellor to score a try outwide.
57th min: TRY South Sydney Rabbitohs
Shannon Hegarty scores outwide to bring the game closer with the margin now just 4 points.
61st min: TRY South Sydney Rabbitohs
Souths even things up as David Faalogo goes into score a try as they start to get on top of the Dragons with around 20 minutes to go.
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