Dragons take Anzac Day Cup home



St George Illawarra Dragons 24 defeat Sydney Roosters 8.
 
Game Review.
Well what an honour it is for me to be able to do today’s reviews on such a memorable day.   

One of the most anticipated games of the year so far, and there was no worries about a boring game! Straight off the bat, the Dragons scored the opening try of the game in the very first set of the game! A line break by Ben Hunt was finished off with a chip over to the corner for Dragons winger Nene Macdonald to open the scoring. Wasn’t long after that try that momentum, possession and pressure all turned around and favoured the Roosters. The Dragons defence stood firm but, as three errors by the Dragons gave the Roosters four consecutive full sets on the Dragons line and eleven sets in total after only 18 minutes in! The Dragons defence stood strong but, so strong that it forced the Roosters to take the penalty goal in front after a countless amount of failed attempts to score a try by the Roosters.

The remainder of the first half was spent in a serious headlock as neither team's defence was budging despite the exciting attack and high intensity rate shown by both teams. Finally in the final minute of the game, Dragons halfback Ben Hunt broke through the Roosters line to extend the Dragons lead going into half time.

Apart from the two tries by the Dragons to open and close the half, the first half was quite surprisingly dominated by the Roosters. However the talking point of the opening half was the Dragons defence which withstood some relentless attack from the Roosters.

The second half started how the first half finished! A great offload game by the Dragons gave them beautiful positioning on the Roosters line which was taken full advantage of by Gareth Widdop who sent Tariq Sims over the line thanks to a beautiful short ball. The Roosters were quick to hit back but off one of the best tries I've seen in 2018 so far! A brilliant run by James Tedesco gave half Luke Keary space to fly through and put a grubber in for Latrell Mitchell to pick up and score out wide. The middle period of the half was quite the fight once again, but the game was officially over off the back of one of the worst video referee decisions ever when a try was given to Dragons winger Nene Macdonald after footage clearly showed him dropping the ball over the line. Despite the decision, the Dragons were just too dominant, as they take home the 2 competition points as well as the Anzac Day Cup.
 
Stonecold’s Player Of The Game: Ben Hunt (Dragons).
 
St George Illawarra Dragons:
1’ Nene Macdonald (Try)
2’ Gareth Widdop (Conversion)
40' Ben Hunt (Try)
40' Gareth Widdop (Conversion)
46' Tariq Sims (Try)
48' Gareth Widdop (Conversion)
69' Nene Macdonald (Try)
70' Gareth Widdop (Conversion)

Sydney Roosters:
21’ Latrell Mitchell (Penalty Goal)
51' Latrell Mitchell (Try)
52' Latrell Mitchell (Conversion)

-Stonecold.

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