St George Illawarra Dragons looked to build on a dogged performance last weekend, as they faced a mich changed Manly Sea Eagles at the Jubilee Stadium.
After an opening spell of dominance from the Sea Eagles, it was only a matter of time before points were put on the board.
Daly Cherry-Evans took the ball to the line and popped a beautiful pass to Joel Thompson who crashed through the line to score.
The game between very niggly between the two sides over the next 15 minutes, but neither side could get a grip of the game.
That was until around half an hour in when Ben Hunt picked the ball up from dummy-half and put a short ball out to Josh Kerr, and the forward powered over to level the scores.
Zac Lomax converted to make it 6-4.
In the Sea Eagles very next attacking set, Cherry-Evans made a line break and it looked as though Manly would score.
However, the half-backs pass was picked off by Lomax, and the young centre released Matt Dufty on the outside if Thompson to further the Dragons lead.
The Sea Eagles had the ball inside the Dragons ten-metre line in the final seconds of the half, but unfortunately, Cherry-Evans dropped the ball, and half-time was called.
HALF-TIME: St George Illawarra Dragons 10-4 Manly Sea Eagles
The Sea Eagles were the slightly dominant side on the opening stages, but they couldn’t do enough to break through the St George line.
It was, in fact, the Dragons that crossed the line first though as Tyson Frizell collected a short ball from Hunt to crash over.
However the powerful forward was held up.
Just minutes later, Dufty collected a Corey Norman kick that bounced off a Dragons defender.
When the full-back kicked ahead and tried to regather, Jorge Taufua wiped him out and the Dragons won the penalty, with the Manly winger spending the next ten minutes in the sin-bin.
Lomax converted the penalty to make it 12-4.
With 20 minutes remaining, Lomax was again involved as he sucked in the Brad Parker and Reuben Garrick and then flicked the pass out the back of his hand to Mikaele Ravalawa to score in the corner.
With less than ten minutes to go, it was Lomax once crossed the line instead of creating the try.
A poor pass from the Sea Eagles was picked off by the young centre, who raced away in the corner to score.
The Dragon’s turned on the style just moments later too. Adam Clune kicked back inside off the outside of his right boot and his half-back partner Corey Norman judged the bounce perfectly for another score.
In the final minute, St George had the ball in hand but instead of attacking right, Norman kicked left and the ball was tapped back with the ball eventually find Euan Aitken who crossed in the corner.
FULL-TIME: St George Illawarra Dragons 34-4 Manly Sea Eagles
St George Illawarra Dragons
Dufty, Pereira, Aitken, Lomax, Ravalawa, Norman, Clune, Lawrie, Hunt, Vaughan, Frizell, Sims, McInnes
Interchanges: Merrin, Kerr, Fuimaono, Ford
Tries: Kerr, Dufty, Ravalawa, Lomax, Norman, Aitken
Goals: Lomax (5/6)
Manly Sea Eagles
Elliot, Garrick, Parker, Suli, Taufua, Cust, Cherry-Evans, Taupau, Levi, Boyle, Thompson, Sironen, Trbojevic
Interchanges: Croker, Paseka, Gosiewski, Keppie
Goals: Garrick (0/1)
Referee: M. Cecchin
Touch Judges: B. Sharpe, L. Kennedy
Video Referee: B. Norris
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