St George Illawarra Dragons 34
Tries:Brett Morris, Jason Nightingale, Josh Dugan, Benji Marshall, Gerard Beale, Joel Thompson
Goals:Gareth Widdop 5/6
Gold Coast Titans 6
Goals:Aidan Sezer 1/1
The St George Illawarra Dragons’s slim finals chances remain alive after a dominant 34-6 rout of a lacklustre Gold Coast Titans at WIN Jubilee Oval today.
Injuries to Benji Marshall and Josh Dugan soured an otherwise impressive win, with the Dragons in control for the entire match, scoring six tries to one.
Brilliant work by Dragons lock Trent Merrin set up Marshall for the game’s opening try in the 9th minute before Brett Morris stole a Daniel Mortimer inside ball and raced 90 metres to score to make it 10-0. In doing so, the Morris twins, Brett and Josh, notched up 200 NRL tries between them.
After 20 minutes, the Dragons scored their third try through winger Jason Nightingale, his 15th of the season, thanks to a late offload by Josh Dugan which saw Nightingale touch down. Gareth Widdop’s conversion made it 16-0.
In the 49th minute a pin-point Widdop kick found Dugan who leapt above Kalifa Fai Fai Loa to score his 9th try of 2014. Widdop’s conversion pushed it out to 22-0.
A classic show and go move by Benji Marshall saw the veteran five eighth slice through the Titans’ defence and he set up his fullback Gerard Beale for the Dragons’ fifth try. Widdop converted and it was all the Dragons who led 28-0 after 55 minutes.
On the hour mark, Joel Thompson ran onto a Mitch Rein short ball from dummy half to crash over. Widdop made it 34-0 with the easy conversion.
The Titans added a consolation try to winger Anthony Don in the 67th minute, converted by Aidan Sezer, but they looked like a tired and disinterested outfit and were well outplayed by the Dragons.