NRL Round 10 – Match 2 Results: Canterbury Bulldogs 6 v 19 St George Illawarra Dragons

The Dragons showed they are not about to give up their top spot on the ladder, returning to form on Friday night to claim a tidy win ahead of the Bulldogs in the traditional NSW derby at ANZ Stadium in front of over 37,770 spectators.

In round nine after the rep games had taken their toll, the Dragons suffered a shock 24 – 6 loss to the Sea Eagles, and they weren’t about to make it two defeats in a row.

With Michael Weyman and Jason Nightingale both back on the field, St George Illawarra reclaimed their dominance to snare their eighth win this year, while their bye the previous week has insured the Bulldogs sit in the 10th spot despite having only three victories to their name this season.

In the opening exchanges Canterbury looked dangerous as they exploded into the game. Josh Morris made an early impact with a stunning four-pointer in the fourth minute in his first week back from injury.

It was a different Morris twin scoring the opening try this time, with Dragon’s player Brett Morris unable to score and upstaged by his brother for the first time this season.

Bryson Goodwin converted the Bulldogs try and they sat in front by six, but didn’t score again in a disappointing match for Canterbury.

The Dragons opened their account in the 22nd minute when Ben Creagh caught a bomb kick and scored, his try converted by Jamie Soward to tie the score six all.

Six minutes from the break, Nightingale gave the visitors the upper hand scoring a converted try after Canterbury’s Dene Halatau dropped the ball and the Dragons went into half time leading 12 – 6.

It was a low scoring second half, with St George Illawarra getting the only try when Matt Cooper went over in the 51st minute after a sprint down the sideline, Soward’s conversion extending their lead 18 – 6.

The only other point scored came from a Soward field goal in the 69th minute and the scoreboard read 19 – 6 at full time in favour of the Dragons.

Despite the loss, there were a number of impressive performances by the Dogs, including that of the talented young Jamal Idris whose big show sealed his spot in the NSW Origin team this year.

It was the second time this season the Dragons have beaten the Bulldogs after their 26 – 6 win back in round two.

This week St George Illawarra host the Raiders and are obviously the hot favourites to win. You can bet on them right now at Ladbrokes.com.au.