It is Fulltime and the Dragons make it 5 in a row, holding off a brave South Sydney outfit 16-12 in a terrific game of football at Jubilee Oval. Stayed tuned for the Match Report and 3,2,1's @League Unlimited.
Cody Walker loses the ball again! That will be it.
Cody Walker drops the ball cold! Shocking error with such a big chance to win the game! Dragons scrum 12m from their own line.
Penalty Souths - A leg pull on Gagai and they take the tap!
Adam Doueihi lands it from the sideline! Dragons lead 16-12.
Adam Doueihi puts Clark through a gap and the ball then goes from Cook to Cody Walker and Greg Inglis scores in the corner!
Gagai misses the extras. Dragons ahead by only 10 points now
Cody Walker gets the ball out wide and uses an old fashioned run around with Sutton to slice through to score! 16-6 Dragons.
Luciano Leilua comes on and loses the ball in his first touch and cops an epic spray from James Graham. Souths scrum 15m out.
Adam Reynolds cops a heavy hit from Tariq Sims after kicking but nothing wrong with it. Reynolds finds the line 10m out from the Dragons line.
Gareth Widdop bombs on the last and Alex Johnston takes it on the full in goal. 20m re-start for the Bunnies.
Adam Reynolds tries to find some space in goal but Gareth Widdop knocks the ball back to Matthew Dufty and the Dragons are off the hook.
Cody Walker knocks on with Souths on the attack. Widdop letting him know about it and their is a bit of push and shove.
Adam Reynolds grubbers in goal and Gareth Widdop is tackled giving Souths the repeat set.
Euan Aitken loses possession after some aggressive defence from the Rabbitohs. Souths scrum 10m out.
Adam Reynolds tries to roll it in goal on the last but Matthew Dufty reads it and Dragons have the ball 2m from their own line.
Leeson Ah Mau loses the ball in a strong tackle from Angus Crichton. Souths scrum 20m out.
Gareth Widdop makes no mistake. Dragons lead 16-2.
Penalty Dragons - Against Damien Cook for being offside. Right in front and Widdop will take the 2pts on offer.
Penalty Dragons - Against Adam Reynolds for a strip on Tariq Sims and St George find the line 30m out.
Robert Jennings gets the ball wide from Alex Johnston but Jason Nightingale bundles him into touch.
Damien Cook busts the line but is grabbed by the coat tails metres from the line! Souths on the attack!
Penalty Souths - High tackle from Ben Hunt on Greg Inglis. Rabbitohs find the line on halfway.
An outstanding kick from Ben Hunt which sits up inches from the dead ball line. Alex Johnston however does well and gets into the field of play.
Gareth Widdop adds the extras. Dragons lead 14-2.
Souths on the attack but John Sutton's pass is loose and Ben Hunt picks it up and Matthew Dufty races away to score! What a start to the 2nd half for the Dragons!
We are underway in the Second Half!
It is Halftime and despite the Dragons absolutely starving the Rabbitohs of the ball, they only lead 8-2 at halftime. Souths fans should be wrapped with the defensive effort minus Sam Burgess. Dragons lead 8-2 at the break.
Adam Reynolds gets the Bunnies on the board. 8-2 Dragons.
Penalty Souths - High tackle from Leeson Ah Mau and Adam Reynolds will take the shot on the stroke of halftime.
Nene Macdonald knocks on and the Refs miss Damien Cook stripping the ball out. Souths scrum on halfway.
Great kick on the last from Adam Reynolds and Nene Macdonald takes the ball dead. Dropout Dragons.
Penalty Souths - Against Tariq Sims for holding down the attacking player. Adam Reynolds finds the line 20m out.
VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Gareth Widdop and Timoteo Lafai again combine to put Nene Macdonald over to score but it is called back to Tariq Sims obstructing Adam Reynolds. Pretty tough call on the Dragons.
Cody Walker throws a forward pass to John Sutton and the Dragons have the ball again.
Penalty Souths - Dragons offside. Rabbitohs on the attack inside the Dragons 20m line for the first time in the match!
Ben Hunt grubbers close to the line but the ball comes off Tevita Tatola and he dives on the ball. Great effort from the Bunnies.
Penalty Dragons - Matthew Dufty tackled high by Tevita Tatola and it was reckless. Dragons on the attack 20m out!
Dragons have now had 72% possession in the first half!
Gareth Widdop extends the lead. Dragons 8-0.
Penalty Dragons - Against Adam Reynolds for not getting back the 10m. Widdop points to the posts.
Ben Hunt grubbers on the last for the Dragons and Euan Aitken manages to collect it for 6 more tackles only metres from the tryline.
Gareth Widdop misses from out wide. Dragons lead 6-0.
Euan Aitken gets the ball out wide from Hunt and he stands up Greg Inglis one on one and accelerates past him to score a superb try! Dragons lead 6-0 kick to come.
Superb kick from Gareth Widdop on the last, puts a bomb up metres from the tryline and Alex Johnston is tackled in goal. Dropout Souths.
Nene Macdonald gets some more excellent service from Widdop and Lafai, but Hymel Hunt strips the ball off him just a he approaches the tryline. Souths ball 10m out from their own line.
VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Nene Macdonald gets a superb cut out ball from Gareth Widdop but the replay shows that Dane Gagai has held him up. Dragons on the 4th tackle 10m out.
Dane Gagai knocks on a bomb from Ben Hunt directed to test him out and he drops it. Dragons scrum 12m out.
Cody Walker kicks on the last but it rolls dead. 20m re-start Dragons.
Penalty Souths - Huge bomb from Ben Hunt and brilliantly taken by Alex Johnston. Matthew Dufty is penalised for tackling Johnson in the air and the Bunnies find the line on halfway.
Robert Jennings drops the ball cold after Greg Inglis tries to put him on the outside of Jason Nightingale. Dragons scrum 32m from their own line.
Gareth Widdop kicks on the last but the ball rolls touch in goal. 20m re-start for the Rabbitohs.
Gareth Widdop gives the Dragons the lead. Dragons 2-0.
Penalty Dragons - Against George Burgess for holding down Tariq Sims in the tackle after a bust. Dragons will take the 2 points.
We are underway at Jubilee Oval!
Welcome to Jubilee Oval, where the St George Illawarra Dragons host traditional rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a Friday Night blockbuster. The undefeated Dragons are the form team so far in 2018 and go in warm favourites against and inconsistent Rabbitohs who currently sit in 8th position. The Dragons have the usual late change with Hame Sele out of the 17, replaced by Jeremy Latimore on the interchange bench. Souths lost Sam Burgess to suspension during the week, which sees younger brother George start at prop in his place, with Jason Clark coming into the 17 from the bench. There is plenty of history between these sides, so there won’t be any lack of motivation in this clash, stay tuned for all the action @LeagueUnlimited!
@NRL_Dragons Team News - Sele out Latimore bench. @SSFCRABBITOHS Sam Burgess out G Burgess FRF Clark bench
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Gavin Badger, Peter Gough
Touch Judges: Rohan Best, Belinda Sleeman
Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Luke Patten
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (16)
Tries: Euan Aitken, Matthew Dufty
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Gareth Widdop (3/3)
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (12)
Tries: Cody Walker, Greg Inglis
Conversions: Adam Doueihi (1/1), Dane Gagai (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)