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NRL match review: St George Illawarra Dragons 8-24 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Scoreboard

St George Illawarra 8

Tries: Hunt (39), Dugan (68)

Goals: Widdop 0/2

South Sydney 24

Tries: Walker (7), Johnson (57), Reynolds (72)

Goals: Reynolds 3/5

Match Review

South Sydney Rabbitohs battled hard to a 24-8 victory over St George Illawarra Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Adam Reynolds is getting closer to his best as he led the Rabbitohs well from half-back and created a try for himself as well as coming up with the assist for the final try.

The win boosted the reigning Premiers’ chances of making the top four and dented the Dragons play-off hopes as they slumped to a sixth straight loss.

St George looked to have opened the scoring four minutes in when Justin Hunt dove over in the corner however the replays showed that Greg Inglis’ tackle forced the ball free before he could ground it.

Three minutes later Dylan Walker was over for Souths as he jumped from dummy half and raced 30 metres to score a great solo try in the corner. Adam Reynolds made it 6-0 from the touchline.

The Dragons were under the pump after giving away a number of penalties and Reynolds tagged on an extra two points with his second penalty attempt of the game.

As the tide turned St George got themselves off the mark with only a minute of the first half remaining as Benji Marshall’s brilliant cut-out ball found Hunt, who wasn’t to be denied this time. Gareth Widdop couldn’t convert as his side went into the sheds 8-4 down.

It was an arm wrestle at the start of the second period and it took 17 minutes for the first points to be posted. Bryson Goodwin put in a good kick to trap Josh Dugan in-goal and then Benji Marshall’s decision to try a short drop-out backfired, as Souths gained possession and Greg Inglis sent Alex Johnson over in the corner.

The hosts hit back after 68 minutes after some dogged defensive work resulted in some good field position and Dugan found his way over on the right edge past a struggling Aaron Gray, who was nursing a knee injury.

As was the pattern of the game Souths regained their eight point advantage off the back of a penalty, as Reynolds chased his own kick and collected the ball as it rebounded off the post to score and then convert his own effort.

Luke Keary sealed the win for his side as he read Reynolds’ left foot grubber to dive on the kick under the sticks, with the creator then knocking over the conversion from in front for a 24-8 victory.

NothingButRL Man of the Match: Adam Reynolds. He was the difference in one of his best performances this season, coming up with a spectacular try and leading Souths around the field.

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