St George Illawarra turned in their sharpest performance of the NRL season to beat the Storm 24-12.
What: NRL Round 16
Who: St George Illawarra Dragons v Melbourne Storm
When and Where: Monday June 30, 7pm – WIN Stadium
Match Rating: 6.5/10
80 MINUTES IN 80 SECONDS
Bad boys in the NRL have been the largest talking point of late, and as fate would have it, controversial NRL star Josh Dugan was the first to get the scoring underway. Dugan’s effort was closely followed by some great lead up play, and a fortunate Gareth Widdop kick and chase, to extend the Dragons lead by 10 in the first 20. Not to be outdone, Billy ‘The Kid’ Slater became the third highest NRL try scorer when he crossed for his eighth of the season and 166th overall.
The Dragons’ lucky streak continued into the second half with an early try to Mitch Rein. Rein can thank Melbourne’s Ben Roberts for the perfect assist, as the deflection from his foot sat up for a speeding Rein to go dive over the line. The Dragons’ night was capped off with a try apiece to each wingers.
WHO KILLED IT?
Benji Marshall and Gareth Widdop combined beautifully to lead the Dragons in this one. Benji was heavily involved and seems to have finally found his feet in the Dragons’ line-up. Widdop’s beaut long ball for winger Charlie Runciman’s late try couldn’t go without mention.
WHO STANK IT UP?
While the Dragons gave them some great opportunities to put points on the board, the normally clinical Storm was outshone by an expansive Dragons side.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Will Chambers and Trent Merrin were both late inclusions. The win makes it three in a row for the Red V, who have a big opportunity of continuing their form against the travelling Cowboys.
We’ve had enough of dirty images from NRL bad boys, but we will give Josh Dugan the benefit of the doubt this time after his bare behind featured prominently following his first try.
LOOK OUT UP AHEAD
St George play at home against the Cowboys who have had a woeful away record this season. Melbourne has the week off with a bye.
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