Full Time
80:00
7:45pm Thu August 20, 2015
Round 24 - WIN Stadium, Wollongong - Crowd: 9145
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It's been a slog, but the Dragons have finally prevailed 19-12 over the Panthers.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 19-12

79

Dylan Farrell can't get the ball over the tryline. The Panthers have been valiant as always, but there ball control has really let them down.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 19-12

78

As has been the case all night, the team in possession comes up with an error.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 19-12

78

Soward comes up with a short restart to give the Panthers possession.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 19-12

78

Widdop kicks for Dylan Farrell, but Will Smith has batted the ball dead.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 19-12

77

SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Conversion attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.

That's the game. The Dragons will win and live to keep their September hopes alive.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 19-12

76

TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Gareth Widdop. Kick to come.

Putting a grubber kick in for himself, Widdop dives over to seal the deal for the team with the Big Red V.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 17-12

75

Penalty to the Dragons, Lewis Brown never got back onside from the previous play.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 13-12

75

Penrith make another attacking raid, but once again the final pass goes to ground.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 13-12

74

Will Smith can't get pass Tyson Frizell as the Panthers start their set 20 metres out.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 13-12

72

The Panthers look to put on an attacking raid, but Lewis Brown's final pass goes into touch.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 13-12

71

Trent Merrin makes a mistake 20 metres out. Penrith get off the hook but will need to come up with points soon.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 13-12

70

Josh Mansour has been taken back in-goal. Great defence by the Dragons. It's been a lacklustre game up to this point, but the Dragons look to be rising at the right time.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 13-12

69

SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Field goal attempt by Benji Marshall successful.

They haven't been able to score tries, but that play might be enough to get the Dragons over the line. Great kick by Marshall.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 13-12

67

Mitch Rein leads the chase on Will Smith, and with the help of three other Dragons manage to trap the Panthers fullback in-goal. Line drop out.

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66

Justin Hunt makes an enthusiastic charge out of his own half.

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66

Bryce Cartwright throws a forward pass straight to Mike Cooper.

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65

Benji Marshall comes up with a pass even worse than Soward's. It's as though both players were trying to come up with ways to ruin an attacking set.

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64

Jamie Soward throws the ball into touch. Neither side can get their attack right tonight.

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61

Sam McKendry loses the ball. Both sides ball control has been abysmal tonight!

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60

James Segeyaro has been held up over the line.

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Dugan manages to stop Will Smith close to the tryline.

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59

Penalty to Penrith. Soward elects to play on, positive attacking signs from the Panthers.

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59

Tyrone Peachey makes a break, but Euan Aitken pulls the rampaging forward down.

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58

Isaah Yeo swamps Josh Dugan in a tackle; the Dragons aren't making ground. They aren't playing like a team capable of making an impact in the finals.

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57

Mike Cooper comes up with a play the ball on par with Benji Marshall's halftime field-goal attempt.

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56

Sika Manu loses the ball!

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55

Mitch Rein kicks straight to the cornerpost, Penrith will get a 7-tackle set.

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54

SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Penalty goal attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.

Scores are level once again.

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53

Widdop earns a penalty and elects to once again take the two points.

Penrith Panthers 12-10

52

Jack de Belin offloads to a flying Gareth Widdop who is cut down short of the line.

Penrith Panthers 12-10

51

Isaah Yeo fends off Justin Hunt, but loses his footing.

Penrith Panthers 12-10

51

Soward launched the ball into the air; after letting it bounce, Josh Dugan comes up with possession.

Penrith Panthers 12-10

49

Reagan Campbell-Gillard comes on for Leilani Latu.

Penrith Panthers 12-10

49

SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Penalty goal attempt by Jamie Soward successful.

Soward doesn't miss. Penrith lead 12-10.

Penrith Panthers 12-10

48

Jamie Soward will kick to give Penrith the lead once again.

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48

Marketo on report. That may be his season if his cops a suspension.

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48

Jake Marketo and Leeson Ah Mau have placed Leilani Latu into a dangerous position.

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47

Widdop puts the ball over the sideline. Penrith will start a set just short of halfway.

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46

Three Dragons are able to prevent David Simmons from getting over for his second.

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45

Koroisau has the ball stripped from him, giving the Panthers a penalty 20 metres out.

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44

Penalty to Penrith.

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44

Widdop puts a high bomb up, but once again Will Smith produces a sensational catch.

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42

After Benji Marshall throws an intercept, Latu does his best Nathan Blacklock '99 Grand Final impression, but is taken on halfway.

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41

Jamie Soward's kick finds Justin Hunt 30 metres out from the Dragons line.

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40

Gareth Widdop kicks off, Leilani Latu takes the first run of the second half.

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40

It's been a mistake riddled first half, but both sides will have the next 40 minutes to see who will come away with the two points.

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39

UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Field goal attempt by Benji Marshall unsuccessful.

He's kicked a field goal from halfway before, but that's about the worst kick Benji's ever put in!

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39

Elijah Taylor has been ruled out with a broken hand. That will more than likely end his season.

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38

The Fresh Prince of Penrith comes up with a great take close to his tryline.

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37

SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Penalty goal attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.

Scores are level.

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35

Penalty to the Dragons. They elect to level the scores from close range.

Penrith Panthers 10-8

35

James Segeyaro aims for a 40/20, but the kick doesn't have the necessary direction.

Penrith Panthers 10-8

34

UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward unsuccessful.

From the touchline, Soward can't quite get the ball to swing back.

Penrith Panthers 10-8

32

TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Josh Mansour. Kick to come.

Lewis Brown comes up with a "Matt Gidley" flick pass to put Mansour over. Penrith have the lead.

Penrith Panthers 10-8

32

Isaah Yeo does well to gather in a poor pass from dummy half.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-6

31

This has been a mistake riddled first half; Dragons make an error, Penrith make an error. It's errors galore here at WIN Stadium!

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-6

30

No Try. Penrith will start a new set 10 metres out.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-6

30

Soward puts another great kick in for David Simmons; the referee is checking to see whether Isaah Yeo has grounded the ball, but it looks as though the St. John's Dubbo junior has been held up.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-6

29

The Panthers have made some errors early on tonight, but they look to be coming into their own at the moment.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-6

29

Soward puts a long kick in which subsequently results in a line drop out. Great pressure from the Panthers.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-6

27

SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Jamie Soward successful.

After setting up the try with a kick, Soward puts another great kick in to add the extras.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-6

27

Tyrone Peachey is being assessed by the Panthers medical team.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-4

27

The League Unlimited team mentioned David Simmons in the match preview and once again the veteran winger has delivered.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-4

26

TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by David Simmons. Kick to come.

Great work by Jamie Soward to kick for his isolated winger.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-4

26

Euan Aitken has been placed on-report. It shouldn't have been a penalty, but being placed on-report is just overkill.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

26

Tyrone Peachey is down after coming into contact with Euan Aitken's knee.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

25

Frizell on-report for tripping.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

25

The Dragons will get a penalty after Will Smith was ruled to be taken out by Tyson Frizell.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

25

Lailani Latu is met in a heavy tackle by Mitch Rein and Mike Cooper.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

24

Soward comes up with a brilliant banana kick to trap Gareth Widdop in-goal. Line drop-out.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

23

Penrith come up with a great hit back following a Widdop grubber. Will Smith takes the Panthers up to the 40 metre line.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

22

The Panthers come up with an obstruction as they looked likely to score.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

21

Bryce Cartwright is over the line after a flat pass from Koroisau, but the Dragons are able to hold the second rower up.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

20

Penrith will get another set after Dylan Farrell was ruled to knock the ball into touch.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

19

UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Euan Aitken makes an unforced error.

After running behind Jack de Belin, the Dragons centre is penalised for an obstruction.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

18

UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Sika Manu makes an unforced error.

On the first tackle of the set, Manu makes an error gifting the Dragons back possession.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

18

Penalty to Penrith close the the Dragons try-line.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

17

Elijah Taylor has succumbed to a wrist injury. Tupou Sopoaga takes his place.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

17

UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Benji Marshall makes an unforced error.

Looking for a 40/20, Marshall puts the ball out on the full.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Conversion attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.

From the sideline, Widdop manages to sneak the ball between the posts.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 8-0

15

Mata'utia was denied a few minutes earlier; but following a poor read from Isaah Yeo, the Dragons centre scores the first try of the night.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 6-0

14

TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Peter Mata'utia. Kick to come.

Great work from Gareth Widdop to put his centre over.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 6-0

13

UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Josh Dugan makes an unforced error.

From close to the sideline, the Dragons fullback looks to pass to Dylan Farrell but puts the ball into touch.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 2-0

11

Peter Mata'utia finds some space, but ignores Justin Hunt in support.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 2-0

11

Lewis Brown has lost the ball in a three-man tackle featuring Benji Marshall and Trent Merrin.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 2-0

10

The Dragons finish off their set after points by putting in a nice kick close the Panthers line.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 2-0

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Penalty goal attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.

From 28 metres out, right in-front; the Dragons open the scoring.

St. George Illawarra Dragons 2-0

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The Dragons receive a penalty and elect to take the 2 points on offer.

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Soward puts a long kick in, but the ball rolls dead allowing the Dragons to start a 7-tackle set.

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5

UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Justin Hunt makes an unforced error.

Benji Marshall delivers a cut-out pass, but the Dragons winger can't keep hold of the ball.

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5

Dragons get a penalty.

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4

Josh Dugan throws a few dummies but can't through the Panthers defence.

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4

Penrith come up with an error inside their own half, early chance for the Dragons.

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3

Jamie Soward's kick ricochets off a Dragon, but the referee has deemed the ball wasn't played at. Changeover.

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The Panthers get a penalty, but Elijah Taylor appears hurt; he's staying on for now.

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Josh Dugan puts a chip kick in, but Will Smith does well to gather the ball in.

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Will Smith kicks off and Mike Cooper takes the first charge of the night.

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Elijah Taylor leads the Panthers onto WIN Stadium.

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The Panthers have opted to use Tyrone Peachey alongside Jamie Soward in the halves, allowing Sika Manu to come into the forward pack.

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For the Dragons, Joel Thompson is out; Jake Marketo will start in the front row, while Mark Ioane comes onto the bench.

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Welcome to League Unlimited's coverage of Thursday Night Football between St. George Illawarra Dragons and Penrith Panthers at WIN Stadium.

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Referees & scorers:

Referee: Ashley Klein, Alan Shortall

Touch Judges: Steve Carrall, Kasey Badger

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Henry Perenara

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (19)
Tries: Gareth Widdop, Peter Mata'utia
Field Goals: Benji Marshall (1/2)
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Gareth Widdop (3/3)

PENRITH PANTHERS (12)
Tries: David Simmons, Josh Mansour
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jamie Soward (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Soward (1/1)