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NRL Premiership, Thursday, 25 April 2013 - Round 7 - Allianz Stadium

Time
80.00
Team
Sydney Roosters
Score
34
Team
St George Illawarra
Score
10
Sydney Roosters versus St George Illawarra
Players Aubusson (15min), Jennings (18min, 61min), Minichiello (21min), Kennedy (34min), Tupou (51min) Tries 6 Tries 2 Players Nightingale (4min), Cooper (72min)
Players Maloney 5/6 (83%) Conversions 5 Conversions 1 Players Soward 1/2 (50%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

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Statistics

Match Statistics
Sydney RoostersSt George Illawarra

1 Anthony Minichiello

Try
1

1 Jason Nightingale

Try
1

2 Daniel Tupou

Try
1

2 Brett Morris

3 Michael Jennings

Try
2

3 Chase Stanley

4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall

4 Matt Cooper

Try
1

5 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

5 Daniel Vidot

6 James Maloney

Conversion
5

6 Jamie Soward

Conversion
1

7 Mitchell Pearce

7 Nathan Fien

8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

8 Dan Hunt

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

9 Jake Friend

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

9 Mitch Rein

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

10 Sam Moa

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

10 Jack Stockwell

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

11 Mitchell Aubusson

Try
1

11 Tyson Frizell

Substitution Off
1

12 Sonny Bill Williams

Substitution Off
1

12 Ben Creagh

13 Boyd Cordner

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

13 Trent Merrin

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2
Match Statistics
Sydney Roosters Interchange St George Illawarra Interchange

Daniel Mortimer

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Bronson Harrison

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Martin Kennedy

Try
1
Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Matt Prior

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Aidan Guerra

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Jack de Belin

Substitution On
1

Luke O'Donnell

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Will Matthews

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Sydney Roosters vs St George Illawarra

  • Possession

    Sydney Roosters 52%
    52% 48%
    St George Illawarra 48%
  • Sets

    Sydney Roosters 36
    51% 49%
    St George Illawarra 34
  • Completed sets

    Sydney Roosters 27
    50% 50%
    St George Illawarra 27
  • Completion rate

    Sydney Roosters 75%
    49% 51%
    St George Illawarra 79%
  • Tackles

    Sydney Roosters 305
    50% 50%
    St George Illawarra 302
  • Total runs

    Sydney Roosters 160
    54% 46%
    St George Illawarra 136
  • Total run metres

    Sydney Roosters 1441m
    55% 45%
    St George Illawarra 1176m
  • Hit-ups

    Sydney Roosters 57
    52% 48%
    St George Illawarra 53
  • Line breaks

    Sydney Roosters 4
    80% 20%
    St George Illawarra 1
  • Offloads

    Sydney Roosters 16
    57% 43%
    St George Illawarra 12
  • Kicks

    Sydney Roosters 14
    44% 56%
    St George Illawarra 18
  • 40-20 kicks

    Sydney Roosters 0
    50% 50%
    St George Illawarra 0
  • Kick metres

    Sydney Roosters 348m
    44% 56%
    St George Illawarra 449m
  • Penalties

    Sydney Roosters 10
    48% 52%
    St George Illawarra 11
  • Scrums

    Sydney Roosters 3
    60% 40%
    St George Illawarra 2
  • Missed tackles

    Sydney Roosters 17
    33% 67%
    St George Illawarra 34
  • Errors

    Sydney Roosters 8
    50% 50%
    St George Illawarra 8
  • | |
    Sydney Roosters statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Anthony Minichiello Fullback 80 15 126 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Tupou Winger 1 80 7 83 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Jennings Centre 1 80 10 130 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
    Shaun Kenny-Dowall Centre 2 80 13 87 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Winger 2 80 13 99 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    James Maloney Five-eighth 80 5 29 1 0 0 0 1 8 240
    Mitchell Pearce Halfback 80 6 71 1 2 1 0 1 5 92
    Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Prop 1 57 18 164 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Friend Hooker 53 4 49 0 0 0 0 1 1 16
    Sam Moa Prop 2 57 13 106 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitchell Aubusson 2nd Row 1 80 9 64 1 4 1 1 1 0 0
    Sonny Bill Williams 2nd Row 2 60 8 79 4 2 0 1 0 0 0
    Boyd Cordner Lock 50 9 101 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
    Daniel Mortimer Interchange 27 2 11 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
    Martin Kennedy Interchange 25 6 47 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
    Aidan Guerra Interchange 44 12 106 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke O'Donnell Interchange 27 10 89 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sydney Roosters statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Anthony Minichiello Fullback 80 3 0 1 0 1
    Daniel Tupou Winger 1 80 5 1 0 0 0
    Michael Jennings Centre 1 80 10 0 2 1 1
    Shaun Kenny-Dowall Centre 2 80 14 0 1 0 0
    Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Winger 2 80 2 0 0 0 0
    James Maloney Five-eighth 80 9 4 1 1 1
    Mitchell Pearce Halfback 80 20 1 3 3 1
    Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Prop 1 57 34 3 1 0 0
    Jake Friend Hooker 53 38 0 2 1 0
    Sam Moa Prop 2 57 25 2 2 0 0
    Mitchell Aubusson 2nd Row 1 80 19 0 1 1 2
    Sonny Bill Williams 2nd Row 2 60 25 2 1 1 0
    Boyd Cordner Lock 50 22 1 1 0 1
    Daniel Mortimer Interchange 27 17 2 1 0 0
    Martin Kennedy Interchange 25 23 0 1 3 0
    Aidan Guerra Interchange 44 20 1 3 0 0
    Luke O'Donnell Interchange 27 19 0 2 0 1
    St George Illawarra statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Jason Nightingale Fullback 80 9 91 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Brett Morris Winger 1 80 6 81 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
    Chase Stanley Centre 1 80 9 81 0 2 0 0 0 1 13
    Matt Cooper Centre 2 80 8 69 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Vidot Winger 2 80 12 111 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Soward Five-eighth 80 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 226
    Nathan Fien Halfback 80 2 10 1 0 0 0 2 8 210
    Dan Hunt Prop 1 61 15 125 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Rein Hooker 64 3 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Stockwell Prop 2 32 9 89 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyson Frizell 2nd Row 1 65 8 64 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Creagh 2nd Row 2 80 13 103 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Trent Merrin Lock 51 13 116 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Bronson Harrison Interchange 34 8 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Prior Interchange 38 10 80 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack de Belin Interchange 25 5 51 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Will Matthews Interchange 32 4 26 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    St George Illawarra statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Jason Nightingale Fullback 80 6 1 1 1 0
    Brett Morris Winger 1 80 2 0 2 0 2
    Chase Stanley Centre 1 80 9 2 2 1 0
    Matt Cooper Centre 2 80 19 2 2 1 1
    Daniel Vidot Winger 2 80 5 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Soward Five-eighth 80 9 2 0 0 0
    Nathan Fien Halfback 80 14 4 0 0 2
    Dan Hunt Prop 1 61 35 1 3 3 0
    Mitch Rein Hooker 64 30 3 3 0 1
    Jack Stockwell Prop 2 32 15 0 0 0 0
    Tyson Frizell 2nd Row 1 65 20 6 2 0 0
    Ben Creagh 2nd Row 2 80 32 2 4 0 0
    Trent Merrin Lock 51 22 4 3 2 0
    Bronson Harrison Interchange 34 20 2 0 0 1
    Matt Prior Interchange 38 25 4 0 1 0
    Jack de Belin Interchange 25 17 1 3 1 0
    Will Matthews Interchange 32 22 0 0 0 1

    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Jake Friend 38
    Runs
    Player name Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 18
    Line Breaks
    Player name Michael Jennings 1
    Offloads
    Player name Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 4

    Match Details

    Start time:
    4:00pm
    Weather:
    Fine
    Surface:
    Fair
    Referees:
    Shayne Hayne, Gerard Sutton
    Touch Judges:
    Paul Holland, Gavin Atkins
    Video Ref:
    Bernard Sutton

    Live: Sydney Roosters v St George Illawarra Dragons

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    That's it from today's live blog of the Sydney Roosters' big win over the St George Illawarra Dragons. 

    Extra, extra, read all about it - here's chief league reporter Adrian Proszenko's report on the match

    The Ashton-Collier Medal goes to Roosters forward Boyd Cordner: "To get a crowd like this, is unreal. It's a good win, we're still working hard, we've got a lot to build on with the signings we've had this year. We've got to work hard and hopefully build something this year."

    Roosters forward Sonny Bill Williams: "It doesn't matter who you are, you've got to do your one-percenters. Good teams in pressure situations go back to what you've been training, the fundamentals."

    Dragons skipper Ben Creagh: "They've got danger players all over the park, very hard to stop their go-forward."

    Fulltime Roosters 34 Dragons 10. Well that was an emphatic win by the Roosters, something they're making a habit of in 2013. Tricolour fans can start booking finals tickets. It might be premature to start talking about being there on grand final day but they're in with a very good chance.

    St George Illawarra's recent revival has hit a big bump in the road. They tried hard throughout the game but were simply outclassed. They might make the finals this season but it's no guarantee.

    No try, as predicted by the referee before sending it upstairs.

    79th minute: Possible try to Brett Morris. Video review pending ...

    James Maloney has been sensational for the Roosters today and has been one of their best performed players all season. If Todd Carney doesn't get back on the field on Sunday and start playing well, he might find himself watching a Roosters interloper wearing his NSW No.6 jersey in this year's State of Origin series.

    78th minute: This match is petering out as we enter the final minutes. The Roosters have put the cue in the rack and try as they might, the Dragons are valiantly trying to make the final scoreline a little more respectable like.

    Nice story on South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis just filed by Brad Walter. It'll be up on the website later tonight and in the SMH tomorrow. I don't wanna sound like Molly Meldrum (actually, I do) but do yourself a favour and have a read of it.

    Roosters centre Michael Jennings is congratulated by teammates after scoring one of his two tries at Allianz Stadium.

    Roosters centre Michael Jennings is congratulated by teammates after scoring one of his two tries at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Anthony Johnson

    72nd minute: Try. Matt Cooper gets over the line after all. This one definitely falls into the category of "Consolation try" Roosters 34 Dragons 10

    71st minute: Try butchered. Brett "No, I'm not Josh" Morris botches a certain try after making a lengthy break, ignoring an unmarked Matt Cooper on his outside.

    Roosters fans young and old celebrate during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium.

    Roosters fans young and old celebrate during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

    Martin Kennedy of the Roosters scores a try during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium.

    Martin Kennedy of the Roosters scores a try during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

    64th minute: Dragons prop Trent Merrin is on report for a dangerous throw ... How long before a teammate/coach/club official says "there wasn't much in it"

    For those who don't know Luke from the online dept's wife has had the baby. It's a girl and they've called her Ruby Alice ... "8 pounds and beautiful" according to the text message from the proud dad

    64th minute: Goal. James Maloney adds the extras Roosters 34 Dragons 4

    63rd minute: Try. Michael "Jet Boots" Jennings flies onto a Jake Friend grubber to add some more embarrassment to the scoreline for St George Illawarra fans. Roosters 32 Dragons 4 KTC

    Poll ... Good, or bad work, by the Dragons in extending Steve Price's coaching career?

    Poll: Have the Dragons made the correct decision in extending Steve Price's deal for another year with an option for 2015?

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    37%

    No

    63%

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    Poll closed 26 Apr, 2013

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    58th minute: This match is in danger of becoming an absolute caning. It's 28-4 to the Roosters with 20 minutes to go. If the Dragons don't halt this momentum, the Chooks could rack up 50 for the second time this season.

    Mitchell Aubusson of the Roosters dives over to score a try during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium.

    Mitchell Aubusson of the Roosters dives over to score a try during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

    For those who care about that other Anzac Day game in Melbourne, Essendon 18.13 (121) beat Collingwood 10.15 (75)

    Jason Nightingale is a very, very good winger but he's been caught out a few times at fullback today. Oh how the Dragons would love to sign a representative standard fullback who is not a goose. There's some bloke on the market who used to play for the Raiders who went OK on the field ... 

    52nd minute: Goal. Maloney rubs insult into the Dragons wounds with a great kick from out wide. Roosters 28 Dragons 4

    51st minute: Try. James Maloney chip bomb bounces away from the Dragons, Mitchell Pearce regathers and shovels the ball onto Maloney, who sends it wide to Daniel Tupou, who uses great strength to get the ball down out wide. Roosters 26 Dragons 4 KTC

    Possible try to Daniel Tupou. Video review ... 

    ADRIAN PROSZENKO: Breaking news from the press box ... We are out of gourmet chicken burgers. And also this - the sellout crowd, of 40,752, is the largest the Chooks have ever attracted to Allianz Stadium. They have witnessed some outstanding football, all of it from the Roosters.The other news is of the signing variety. The Dragons, ridiculed for their inability to sign quality talent, have announced the re-signing (no, not the resigning) of Steve Price. The ink has barely dried on his new contract and his side has responded with an ordinary half of football.

    47th minute: The Dragons get a penalty after going very close to scoring via Ben Creagh and Jason Nightingale.

    Dragons back-rower Tyson Frizell is obviously an attention seeker. He's daring to wear black football boots. Obviously not a traditionalist like the rest of the players kitted out in white, pink, orange, yellow, green boots

    Breaking news ... Tom Waterhouse urged punters to "gamble responsibly" during his half-time spiel. See, Peter FitzSimons, he's not so bad after all.

    Former players, Brad Fittler and Ben Hornby walk across the field with the ANZAC trophy during an ANZAC day ceremony prior to the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium.

    Former players, Brad Fittler and Ben Hornby walk across the field with the ANZAC trophy during an ANZAC day ceremony prior to the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

    Crowd 40,752, highest ever Roosters home game attendance at Sydney Football/Aussie/Allianz Stadium and also a record for these Dragons-Roosters Anzac Day games

    Second half under way. Roosters 22 Dragons 4 ... Chooks on the attack

    "Run fast or I'll make you wear this outfit!" ... John Raper at Dragons half-time session. Peter Doust, in background, looks comfortable.

    "Run fast or I'll make you wear this outfit!" ... John Raper at Dragons half-time session. Peter Doust, in background, looks comfortable.

    Ears McEvoy: Breaking ... the Dragons announced the extension of Steve Price's contract during the first half, but we can reveal they bought in an expert during the half-time break in an attempt to get the team fired up.

    Sonny Bill Williams of the Roosters is tackled during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium.

    Sonny Bill Williams of the Roosters is tackled during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

    Wrap up the ball lads ... Sonny Bill Williams gets ready to unleash his around-the-corner pass which put Mitchell Pearce into a huge gap leading to fullback Anthony Minichiello's try during the first half of the Anzac Day clash at Allianz Stadium. It's hard to believe some league fans didn't want to see SBW back in the game. Rugby league, after all, is the sport which has welcomed back many a supposed turncoat over the years ... Timana Tahu, Mat Rogers, Wendell Sailor, Nathan Blacklock, Lote Tuqiri ... 

    All hope is not lost, Dragons fans. Remember this Anzac Day clash from 2005? Spoiler alert, St George Illawarra halfback Mathew Head produces a somewhat memorable finish ... 

    The recently named Ashton Collier Spirit of Anzac Award, won last year by Ben Hornby in the match in which he surpassed Norm Provan as the most capped Dragons player in history, will be awarded to the player who best typifies the Anzac spirit in this Roosters-Dragons clash.

    Pop quiz lovers, the player breaking Ben Hornby's record of 10 Anzac Day appearances is St George Illawarra's Matt Cooper. By my calculations, the veteran centre may need to score 6-7 tries in the second half to prevent his 11th Anzac Day appearance from being a losing one.

    Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello, during his chat to Channel 9 commentator Andrew Johns while walking off the field for the half-time break, said: "It's a privilege to play on this day, I love it. We are going OK but we're giving them too many penalties, we'll have to cut that out in the second half."

    Halftime. Roosters 22 Dragons 4. Not much to write home about for St George Illawarra fans. As for the Roosters, they have been sensational - the forwards have won the contest in the middle and the backs have been running wild out wide.

     

    Ears McEvoy: Thanks for the falcon memories ... Martin Kennedy scored today, but he'll always be remembered for one of the great falcons. Go to 36 seconds for the gold.

    Here's the full story about Steve Price being re-signed for another year ... and perhaps another one after that, by St George Illawarra

    Seems like a long time ago now doesn't it, Dragons fans ... Jason Nightingale of the Dragons celebrates a try with teammate Jamie Soward during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium.

    Seems like a long time ago now doesn't it, Dragons fans ... Jason Nightingale of the Dragons celebrates a try with teammate Jamie Soward during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

    36th minute: Goal. James Maloney converts from next to the big white sticks. Roosters 22 Dragons 4

    35th minute: Try. Roosters bench forward Martin Kennedy has crashed over. Roosters 20 Dragons 4 KTC

    Sonny Bill Williams of the Roosters is tackled during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium.

    Sonny Bill Williams of the Roosters is tackled during the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

    32nd minute: The Roosters have repelled a Dragons attacking raid but have been forced to do a line drop-out.

    Dragons CEO Peter Doust on the re-signing of Steve Price ...  

    “Our contractual situation enabled us to explore options which we have been doing and the Board has resolved to offer an extension to Steve Price. The Board have taken a very close interest in Steve’s continued development as an NRL Coach since he was extended the opportunity to be Head Coach of the Dragons in 2011 and we believe that he is to be respected for his contributions and disposition towards the Dragons, through testing times”.

    Let's hope he signed the contract before those three quick tries ... 

    Pop quiz hotshots ... Ben Hornby held the record of 10 appearances in these Dragons-Roosters matches but it has been broken today by one of the 26 players who started the match. Who be that person?

    Get him out of the press box ... Russell Fairfax in his glory days for the Roosters.

    Get him out of the press box ... Russell Fairfax in his glory days for the Roosters.

    Ears McEvoy: From the vault ... Minichiello's try looked like another Roosters flier - no, not Michael Appleby.

    25th minute: The Dragons look in all sorts of trouble. The Roosters are containing them with ease in defence and then cutting them to ribbons when the home side is on the attack.

    21st minute: Try. It's a carve-up. Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello scores under the posts after an initial break by Mitchell Pearce on the back of an extraordinary around-the-corner pass from Sonny Bill Williams. Roosters 16 Dragons 4

    20th minute: Goal. James Maloney bangs over the conversion. Roosters 10 Dragons 4

    18th minute: Try. Roosters centre Michael Jennings burns the Dragons outside backs with pure speed on a blistering run to the line. Poor old Jason Nightingale couldn't even get a paw on the ex-Panther as he sped past. Roosters 8 Dragons 4 KTC

    The Dragons have won eight of the 11 Anzac Day meetings between these two clubs, the mathematicians out there will therefore know the Roosters have three victories.

    16th minute: No goal. Roosters five-eighth James Maloney misses another pretty simple conversion. Roosters 4 Dragons 4

    15th minute: Try. Roosters second-rower Mitchell "Roy" Aubusson scores off a relatively simple play down the left edge. 4-4 KTC

    15th minute: Roosters hooker Jake Friend, in his 100th game, is held up over the line.

    The Sydney Morning Herald's oracle on all things sport, Bruce Sessle, can exclusively reveal his beloved Roosters haven't got a hope in this game if they don't hang on to the ball better.

    13th minute: Dragons prop Dan Hunt is in trouble for an alleged "shoulder charge" which looked nothing more than a bump. Soft, soft, soft ... 

    "Get 'em onside ref" yells the gibberer in red and white in row Q ... referee then gives a penalty to the St George Illawarra side. Coincidence? I think not. Can all people who attend NRL games please repeatedly yell this phrase out at the top of their lungs? Perhaps it'll start a trend. 

    The Dragons-Roosters Anzac Day game is now in its 12th year ... does that count as being "traditional" yet?

    8th minute: Roosters on the attack after a piggyback penalty downfield. And then they get another penalty right in front for the Dragons holding down the tackled players too long. They're going for the try line ...

    Here, here ...

    6th minute: Penrith-bound five-eighth Jamie Soward botches the relatively easy conversion attempt. That won't wash out Panthers way, Jamie. Dragons 4-0

    5th minute: Try. Video refs Bernard Sutton and former St George Illawarra halfback (just sayin') Matthew Rodwell rule Matt Cooper did not knock on before Jason Nightingale touched down. Dragons 4-0 KTC

    Video ref checking to see if the Dragons knocked the bomb on before Nightingale touched down

    Possible try to Jason Nightingale

    3rd minute: Penalty to the Dragons after Roosters ruled inside the 10m.

    Who will win today's big game? Exercise your democratic right to vote in our official poll ... 

    Poll: Who will win - St George Illawarra v Sydney Roosters?

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    The Roosters are full of Kiwis and Aussies working together in true Anzac fashion

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    1st minute: Dragons cough up possession inside the first 40 seconds after a forward pass to Tyson Frizell from Nathan Fien.

    KICK-OFF. And we're under way. Both teams wearing special jerseys for the Anzac Day clash. The Dragons have first use of the footy after Roosters kick off

    PAUL SUTTOR: As always, a spine-tingling rendition of The Last Post. The large crowd at Allianz Stadium stands as one as a solemn tribute to those brave men and women who served Australia and New Zealand in battle.

    The Ode of Remembrance

    They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
    Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
    They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
    They fell with their faces to the foe.
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
    We will remember them.

    The players have walked on to the playing field, ready for the national anthem and Last Post.

    Here's a reason why Roosters coach Trent Robinson never established himself as a first-grade player. Here is a pic of him during Parramatta training in 2002 being tackled by referee Bill Harrigan.

    Here's a reason why Roosters coach Trent Robinson never established himself as a first-grade player. Here is a pic of him during Parramatta training in 2002 being tackled by referee Bill Harrigan. Photo: Steve Christo

    Bravery on the football field comes in many forms ... 

    The returned servicemen are being paraded around Allianz Stadium. Hope you had a great Anzac Day, Diggers. Lest we forget.

    Before he was a famous Dragon ... Jamie Soward.

    Before he was a famous Dragon ... Jamie Soward. Photo: Steve Christo

    Before he was a famous Dragon ... Roosters five-eighth Jamie Soward kicks the winning Field goal in extra time to win the Jersey Flegg Grand Final for the Sydney Roosters against the Cronulla Sharks at Homebush in 2004.

    Roosters assistant coach Craig Fitzgibbon wasn't always decked out in red, white and blue. He started his career with Illawarra in 1998, played the following season with St George Illawarra before spending the next decade with the Roosters, NSW and Australia.

    Roosters assistant coach Craig Fitzgibbon wasn't always decked out in red, white and blue. He started his career with Illawarra in 1998, played the following season with St George Illawarra before spending the next decade with the Roosters, NSW and Australia. Photo: David Tease

    And for those who like their football to reward misses at goal, Essendon are up at halftime at the MCG, 6.4 (40) over Collingwood 4.12 (36)

    Fellow hoops fans, I know there's plenty out there, here's the latest from the NBA today ... Oklahoma City Thunder beat Houston 105-102 for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Indiana downed Atlanta 113-98 to also go up 2-0 in their series, while San Antonio have scored a 102-91 over the Los Angeles Lakers to lead their playoff contest by the same margin.

    For those who love their lower-grade footy, here are the details of the Roosters towelling up the Dragons in the under 20s ... SYDNEY ROOSTERS 54 (T Milne 2 J Noble 2 B Elliot J Asiata J Goodsell A Thomas R Martin S Langi tries S Langi 7 goals) bt ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 10 (K Seru 2 tries S Crook goal).

    Peter FitzSimons certainly stirred up a hornet's nest again with his column about Tom Waterhouse's appearances on Channel 9's NRL coverage ... 

    An oil painting ... an Archibald Prize entry of a portrait of Michael Weyman.

    An oil painting ... an Archibald Prize entry of a portrait of Michael Weyman.

    Ears McEvoy: I don't know about art ... As reported earlier, unfortunately Michael Weyman has been ruled out of today's clash. Maybe he can use his time on the sideline to pose for another Archibald Prize entry.

    This one's not an Anzac Day highlight but (pre-Sydney Roosters) Eastern Suburbs fans will be happy to relive this magical moment over the (pre-St George Illawarra) St George Dragons in the final of the 1978 Amco Cup (which any true Cronulla fan will tell you is the only trophy that matters)

    If you look up optimistic or perhaps delusional in the dictionary, you may see a photograph of Newcastle Herald rugby league reporter Brett Keeble ... 

    Here's an Anzac Day highlight in our pre-game entertainment package for the Roosters fans to savour ... Not sure if you noticed but that Brad Fittler had a bit of a sidestep on him. 

    PAUL SUTTOR: Hard game to pick, this one. The Dragons have won their last three after a slow start to the season to relieve the seemingly endless pressure on supercoach Steve Price. The Roosters are pretty much at full strength apart from long-term knee injury sufferers Tautau Moga and Frank-Paul Nuuausala. My prediction - Roosters by 7

    Here's how the 2011 Anzac Day clash turned out ... again, not a good one for the Tricolours

     

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    Welcome to the live blog of the traditional Anzac Day blockbuster between the St George Illawarra Dragons & Sydney Roosters, which is due to kick off at the SCG at 4pm. 

    The Dragons have had the wood over the Roosters in these clashes in recent years, usually with an .

    Here's a recap of last year's thriller ... 

     

    GLENN JACKSON: Just one change for St George Illawarra ahead of the Anzac Day clash against Sydney Roosters. Will Matthews is added to the Dragons' interchange, with Damien Cook and Michael Weyman dropping off their original five-man bench. The Roosters are 1-17.

    Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Thursday 4pm (AEST)
    Last meeting:
    Round 22 2012 - Roosters 26 bt Dragons 10 at Allianz Stadium
    Head-to-head: Dragons 17 Roosters 10 drawn 1
    Referees: Shayne Hayne, Gerard Sutton
    TV:
    Channel 9 (live)
    TAB Sportsbet:
    Roosters $1.30 Dragons $3.60
    FootyTab: Dragons +8.5

    Michael Chammas writes: St George Illawarra have dominated this Anzac Day fixture in recent years but for the first time in a long time, the Roosters go in as overwhelming favourites. Sonny Bill Williams has been cleared to play, making the Dragons’ task of upsetting the Roosters an even greater challenge.

    The Roosters’ defence has been impeccable this year and if the Dragons are to cause an upset, they need a great kicking game from Jamie Soward. The Penrith-bound playmaker needs to provide his side with as many attacking opportunities as possible given how difficult  it will be to crack the rock-solid Roosters defence.

    With the Sharks’ Todd Carney coming back from injury this week, Roosters five-eighth James Maloney needs a big game to remain in the hunt for a Blues jumper.

    AAP writes: St George Illawarra have dominated this clash in recent seasons, winning five of the past six Anzac Day fixtures. They will certainly have a fight on their hands on this occasion, with the Sydney Roosters emerging as one of the competition's real premiership chances. However, this game will offer a new insight into the Roosters psyche.

    It will draw a big crowd and traditionally both sides lift - not to mention the Dragons being on a three-game winning streak. Mick Weyman, who scored a crucial late try in last year's thrilling win over the Roosters, has recovered from a calf injury to take his place on an extended bench.

    Key: The Roosters' two losses this season, against South Sydney and Canberra, have been a direct result of their forward pack being dominated. It's the quickest way to stop the flare of Jennings, Maloney and SBW.

    ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello (capt), Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Mitchell Aubusson, Sonny Bill Williams, Boyd Cordner. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Martin Kennedy, Aidan Guerra, Luke O'Donnell.

    DRAGONS: Jason Nightingale, Brett Morris, Chase Stanley, Matt Cooper, Daniel Vidot, Jamie Soward, Nathan Fien, Dan Hunt, Mitch Rein, Jack Stockwell, Tyson Frizell, Ben Creagh (capt), Trent Merrin. Interchange: Bronson Harrison, Matt Prior, Jack de Belin, Damien Cook, Michael Weyman (one to be omitted).