In the final match of Round 23, the Dragons proved once again why they have sat at the top of the ladder all season with a blow-out 32 – 10 win over the Sea Eagles at WIN Jubilee Stadium on Monday night in front of 14,750 fans.
St George have now won two on the trot, cementing their Minor Premiership finish as they are now a full four comp points clear of their closest rivals.
The Sea Eagles are still in finals contention despite the loss, sitting in seventh spot on the ladder.
On Monday night Manly had nothing on the Dragons, St George easily scoring a six-tries-to-two victory that started with a stunning Jamie Soward solo try in the 13th minute.
Soward converted his own try to give the home side an early six point advantage.
Then Mark Gasnier backed up with their second in the 30th minute extending their lead to 10 points after one of the luckiest and baffling calls of the season.
Despite being shown to have lost the ball on the replay, video ref Bill Harrigan awarded Gasnier’s try, and it wasn’t the only controversial call of the game.
Before the break Manly managed to open their account through a Tony Williams try in the final minute, but without the conversion they still trailed by six at halftime.
In the second half Michael Weyman quickly got the Dragons off to a strong start with a 43rd minute try.
Our Footy Tip of the Match was for the Dragons to win by 19+ points so we enjoyed a big win as did any punter that took our advice!
Before the score blew-out, Manly kept it respectable with Kieran Foran scoring their second in the 49th minute and the kick by Jamie Lyon saw the score read 16 – 10.
The all-clear for Foran’s try had many dumbfounded after there was an obvious forward pass from Hayne leading up to it.
But from there it was St George all the way till the end with sick captain Ben Hornby’s replacement Nathan Fien, Beau Scott and winger Brett Morris scoring a try each in the final half hour to give them a 32 – 10 win.
Scott’s effort was especially entertaining as he ran nearly the length of the field after collecting a messy grubber from Anthony Watmough.
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