Wests Tigers 12
Tries:Blake Austin, Robbie Farah
Goals:Pat Richards 2/2
St George Illawarra Dragons 28
Tries:Gareth Widdop 2, Brett Morris, Jason Nightingale, Gerard Beale
Goals:Gareth Widdop 4/6
The St George Illawarra Dragons kept their 2014 season alive with an impressive 28-12 defeat of the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium today.
After a scrappy opening, the Dragons clicked into gear and raced to a 22-0 half time lead. The Wests Tigers threatened tom spoil the party with two tries on the first ten minutes of the second half, but the Dragons held them at bay to remain in touch with the top eight.
It took 20 minutes to find the first points and it came in spectacular fashion when Gerard Beale put Brett Morris away and he kicked ahead for Gareth Widdop to dive on the loose ball. He converted his try to make it 6-0.
Six minutes later Morris was in the thick of it again, leaping highest to tap a Widdop bomb back into the hands of Beale who crossed out wide.
With 10 minutes left in the half, Mitch Rein burst through some flimsy Tigers defence through the middle and kicked ahead for Widdop to score his second try. Widdop’s conversion made it 18-0 and the Dragons weren’t finished yet.
In the dying stages of the half, Widdop drifted across the field before finding Jason Nightingale who bumped off Luke Brooks on his way to his 12th try of the year and the Dragons led 22-0 at half time.
Like last week, the Tigers roared out of the blocks in the second half, and posted tries to Blake Austin in the 47th minute and Robbie Farah in the 51st, and at 22-12, they had all the momentum.
But that is where their comeback stopped as the Dragons added a penalty goal in the 58th minute to move two converted tries in front before a 68th minute try to Brett Morris try put the result beyond doubt.
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