NRL Week 3 Preliminary Finals – Match 2 Results: St George Illawarra Dragons 13 v 12 Wests Tigers

In a nail-biting thriller at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night the Premiership favoured Dragons held on thanks to a Jamie Soward field goal to defeat the Wests Tigers 13 – 12 and earn a spot in the 2010 NRL Grand Final.

Although their victory was anything but comprehensive, Bennett and his St George Illawarra outfit are through to the season’s ultimate showdown next weekend and will start the favourites against the Roosters.

Despite a gallant performance, the Wests Tigers were once again forced out of the game in the final quarter and have been forced to say goodbye to their chance of repeating the feats of their 2005 season when they won the Premiership.

As has been the case with so many of the Tigers performances this year, the visitors held the early lead but gave it away as the Dragons came from behind to score victory.

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Wests were first to score on Saturday night when winger Lote Tuqiri got over in the 17th minute, captain Benji Marshall booting it through the posts to put them six up.

The Dragons opened their account a little over 10 minutes later when Jeremy Smith scored after initially looking to be held up by Fulton, and a conversion from Jamie Soward saw the score tied six all.

Four minutes before the halftime break, Robert Lui gave the Tigers the advantage with their second converted try of the night.

In a real arm-wrestle of a match the Dragons got their second of the night 10 minutes back from the break with Jason Nightingale crossing after latching onto a sharp pass from Dean Young, and Soward converting so it was a 12 points-a-piece lock.

With 30 minutes still left on the clock this really was anyone’s game, but as time ticked by and both teams failed to score, the crowd could smell a field goal.

It was Soward who delivered, calmly kicking the match-winning and Grand Final-spot-sealing drop goal from 35 metres out in the 74th minute so the Dragons clung on to win by one.

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