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NRL Premiership, Saturday, 22 March 2014 - Round 3 - Remondis Stadium

Time
80.00
Team
Cronulla
Score
12
Team
St George Illawarra
Score
14
Cronulla versus St George Illawarra
Players Morris (12min, 69min) Tries 2 Tries 3 Players Morris (5min, 40min), Nightingale (28min)
Players Gordon 2/2 (100%) Conversions 2 Conversions 1 Players Widdop 1/3 (33%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

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Statistics

Match Statistics
CronullaSt George Illawarra

1 Michael Gordon

Conversion
2

1 Adam Quinlan

2 Sosaia Feki

2 Brett Morris

Try
2

3 Blake Ayshford

3 Dylan Farrell

4 Ricky Leutele

4 Gerard Beale

5 Jonathan Wright

5 Jason Nightingale

Try
1

6 Todd Carney

6 Gareth Widdop

Conversion
1

7 Daniel Holdsworth

7 Sam Williams

8 Sam Tagataese

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

8 Tyson Frizell

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

9 John Morris

Try
2
Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

9 Mitch Rein

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

10 Bryce Gibbs

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

10 Dan Hunt

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

11 Tupou Sopoaga

11 Leeson Ah Mau

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

12 Wade Graham

12 Ben Creagh

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

13 Tinirau Arona

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

13 Trent Merrin

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1
Match Statistics
Cronulla Interchange St George Illawarra Interchange

Chris Heighington

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Kyle Stanley

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Matt Prior

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Joel Thompson

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Siosaia Vave

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Mike Cooper

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

Isaac De Gois

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Jack de Belin

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Cronulla vs St George Illawarra

  • Possession

    Cronulla 48%
    48% 52%
    St George Illawarra 52%
  • Sets

    Cronulla 37
    47% 53%
    St George Illawarra 41
  • Completed sets

    Cronulla 26
    46% 54%
    St George Illawarra 30
  • Completion rate

    Cronulla 70%
    49% 51%
    St George Illawarra 73%
  • Tackles

    Cronulla 384
    52% 48%
    St George Illawarra 355
  • Total runs

    Cronulla 157
    48% 52%
    St George Illawarra 169
  • Total run metres

    Cronulla 1383m
    46% 54%
    St George Illawarra 1612m
  • Hit-ups

    Cronulla 45
    41% 59%
    St George Illawarra 64
  • Line breaks

    Cronulla 2
    67% 33%
    St George Illawarra 1
  • Offloads

    Cronulla 4
    36% 64%
    St George Illawarra 7
  • Kicks

    Cronulla 21
    47% 53%
    St George Illawarra 24
  • 40-20 kicks

    Cronulla 0
    0% 100%
    St George Illawarra 1
  • Kick metres

    Cronulla 535m
    44% 56%
    St George Illawarra 675m
  • Penalties

    Cronulla 6
    50% 50%
    St George Illawarra 6
  • Scrums

    Cronulla 10
    53% 47%
    St George Illawarra 9
  • Missed tackles

    Cronulla 30
    61% 39%
    St George Illawarra 19
  • Errors

    Cronulla 12
    52% 48%
    St George Illawarra 11
  • | |
    Cronulla statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Michael Gordon Fullback 80 13 113 0 3 0 1 1 0 0
    Sosaia Feki Winger 1 80 12 130 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Blake Ayshford Centre 1 80 9 83 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ricky Leutele Centre 2 80 12 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Wright Winger 2 80 11 94 0 0 0 0 0 1 22
    Todd Carney Five-eighth 80 6 60 0 2 0 0 0 15 378
    Daniel Holdsworth Halfback 80 2 17 0 0 0 0 0 5 135
    Sam Tagataese Prop 1 45 8 67 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    John Morris Hooker 49 4 27 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
    Bryce Gibbs Prop 2 45 9 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tupou Sopoaga 2nd Row 1 80 14 112 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Wade Graham 2nd Row 2 80 15 121 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Tinirau Arona Lock 55 10 86 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Heighington Interchange 25 11 83 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Prior Interchange 40 8 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Siosaia Vave Interchange 30 11 102 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Isaac De Gois Interchange 31 2 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cronulla statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Michael Gordon Fullback 80 6 0 0 0 1
    Sosaia Feki Winger 1 80 1 0 0 0 1
    Blake Ayshford Centre 1 80 29 3 0 2 0
    Ricky Leutele Centre 2 80 12 1 0 0 2
    Jonathan Wright Winger 2 80 6 0 1 0 0
    Todd Carney Five-eighth 80 20 6 3 0 3
    Daniel Holdsworth Halfback 80 23 1 1 0 0
    Sam Tagataese Prop 1 45 19 1 0 0 1
    John Morris Hooker 49 28 3 0 0 0
    Bryce Gibbs Prop 2 45 26 3 0 0 1
    Tupou Sopoaga 2nd Row 1 80 52 0 2 0 1
    Wade Graham 2nd Row 2 80 28 2 2 1 1
    Tinirau Arona Lock 55 33 4 1 0 0
    Chris Heighington Interchange 25 21 1 0 1 1
    Matt Prior Interchange 40 31 1 0 1 0
    Siosaia Vave Interchange 30 27 0 1 1 0
    Isaac De Gois Interchange 31 22 4 0 0 0
    St George Illawarra statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Adam Quinlan Fullback 80 6 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Morris Winger 1 80 13 170 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
    Dylan Farrell Centre 1 80 12 108 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Gerard Beale Centre 2 80 13 123 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
    Jason Nightingale Winger 2 80 17 171 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth Widdop Five-eighth 80 8 38 0 2 0 0 1 10 217
    Sam Williams Halfback 80 4 32 0 0 0 0 1 11 346
    Tyson Frizell Prop 1 53 7 74 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Rein Hooker 64 4 60 0 1 0 0 0 1 42
    Dan Hunt Prop 2 39 8 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Leeson Ah Mau 2nd Row 1 66 11 95 0 4 0 0 0 1 26
    Ben Creagh 2nd Row 2 57 16 151 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Trent Merrin Lock 63 16 154 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Stanley Interchange 16 3 31 0 3 0 0 0 1 44
    Joel Thompson Interchange 50 11 104 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike Cooper Interchange 41 12 105 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack de Belin Interchange 32 8 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    St George Illawarra statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Adam Quinlan Fullback 80 4 0 0 0 2
    Brett Morris Winger 1 80 3 0 0 0 0
    Dylan Farrell Centre 1 80 17 1 0 1 2
    Gerard Beale Centre 2 80 7 1 1 0 0
    Jason Nightingale Winger 2 80 13 0 0 0 0
    Gareth Widdop Five-eighth 80 23 1 0 0 0
    Sam Williams Halfback 80 14 3 1 0 3
    Tyson Frizell Prop 1 53 25 4 0 0 0
    Mitch Rein Hooker 64 51 1 0 0 0
    Dan Hunt Prop 2 39 25 3 0 2 0
    Leeson Ah Mau 2nd Row 1 66 27 1 0 0 2
    Ben Creagh 2nd Row 2 57 22 0 0 1 0
    Trent Merrin Lock 63 48 0 0 1 0
    Kyle Stanley Interchange 16 8 2 0 1 1
    Joel Thompson Interchange 50 16 0 1 0 1
    Mike Cooper Interchange 41 30 1 2 0 0
    Jack de Belin Interchange 32 22 1 0 0 0

    Latest Comments

    • I agree stevek, the historical photos are just confusing. Surely with today's technology they can upload current pics.

      wysiwyg | March 22, 2014, 8:56PM
    • Look the nostalgic photos are nice but how about some more up-to-date reporting of he game.
      How come Widdop shows as 4 conversion attempts from 3 tries

      stevek | March 22, 2014, 8:14PM
    • Timmo & Gal. 2 peas in a pod

      Wise Kativerata | March 22, 2014, 8:46PM

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    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Tupou Sopoaga 52
    Runs
    Player name Jason Nightingale 17
    Line Breaks
    Player name John Morris 2
    Offloads
    Player name Chris Heighington 3

    Match Details

    Start time:
    7:00pm
    Weather:
    Fine
    Surface:
    Good
    Referees:
    Adam Devcich, Henry Perenara
    Touch Judges:
    Jeff Younis, Chris Sutton
    Video Ref:
    Bernard Sutton
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    Cronulla Sharks v St George Illawarra Dragons

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    Phil Mitchell

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    The Dragons' perfect start to the season continues.

    ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 14 (B Morris 2 J Nightingale tries G Widdop goal) bt CRONULLA 12 (J Morris 2 tries M Gordon 2 goals) at Remondis Stadium. Referees: Adam Devcich, Henry Perenara. Crowd: 14,821.

    78 min: Superb defusal of a swirling Carney bomb by Quinlan, and then the Dragons get a penalty. Time is not the Sharks' friend.

    77 min: A Williams error means the Sharks are still alive but they are 90 metres from the Dragons' line.

    Derby flashback: A common sight - Dragons winger Brett Morris scoring an acrobatic try against the Sharks in 2013.

    Derby flashback: A common sight - Dragons winger Brett Morris scoring an acrobatic try against the Sharks in 2013. Photo: Getty Images

    75 min: Bryce Gibbs loses control of the ball while being tackled early in the count. Great field position for the Dragons as the clock winds down.

    74 min: Dragons working the ball out of their half. Can they hold on?

    Derby flashback: Ben Hornby makes a break for the Dragons in their victory over Cronulla in Wollongong in 2012.

    Derby flashback: Ben Hornby makes a break for the Dragons in their victory over Cronulla in Wollongong in 2012. Photo: Andy Zakeli

    69 min: It's a Morris-athon tonight! John Morris crashes over for his second try - his first double in eight years - to set up a thrilling final 11 minutes. Gordon adds the extras. DRAGONS 14-12

    Derby flashback: Dragons centre Mark Gasnier is given a guard of honour in his last match against Cronulla at Kogarah in 2011.

    Derby flashback: Dragons centre Mark Gasnier is given a guard of honour in his last match against Cronulla at Kogarah in 2011. Photo: Steve Christo

    67 min: How good is Morris? Takes a towering bomb, then charges 30m upfield to put his team on the front foot.

    Derby flashback: Ex-Dragons skipper Trent Barrett in his first match against his old team for Cronulla in 2009.

    Derby flashback: Ex-Dragons skipper Trent Barrett in his first match against his old team for Cronulla in 2009. Photo: Getty Images

    63 min: The Sharks continue to ask plenty of questions of the Dragons but their defence continues to hold firm. Handling errors aren't helping the Sharks either.

    Derby flashback: Sharks winger Luke Covell is mobbed by teammates after kicking a penalty goal in extra time to sink the Dragons.

    Derby flashback: Sharks winger Luke Covell is mobbed by teammates after kicking a penalty goal in extra time to sink the Dragons. Photo: Anthony Johnson

    58 min: But Carney knocks on at first receiver from the scrum. Massive let-off for the Dragons.

    57 min: Quinlan knocks on a kick, giving the Sharks back-to-back sets on the Dragons' line.

    50 min: NO TRY. The Sharks are out of luck again as Holdsworth is denied a try because of a knock-on by Tupo Sopoaga. But the home side is beginning to threaten in attack, and there is no shortage of passion from them too. Chris Heighington just gave Siosaia Vave a huge spray for turning his back on the play when Heighington was looking to off-load.

    Derby flashback: Referee Tony Archer sends Adam Peek of the Dragons from the field after a late and high elbow on Adam Dykes of the Sharks. A bandaged Jason Ryles looks none too impressed.

    Derby flashback: Referee Tony Archer sends Adam Peek of the Dragons from the field after a late and high elbow on Adam Dykes of the Sharks. A bandaged Jason Ryles looks none too impressed. Photo: Getty Images

    47 min: Great set by the Sharks almost ends with Feki scoring from a pinpoint Daniel Holdsworth bomb but he is unable to control the ball.

    Derby flashback: Dragons firebrand Shaun Timmins and Sharks forward Paul Gallen start a fight that led to both being sent to the sin bin during the 2006 clash at WIN Stadium.

    Derby flashback: Dragons firebrand Shaun Timmins and Sharks forward Paul Gallen start a fight that led to both being sent to the sin bin during the 2006 clash at WIN Stadium. Photo: Andy Zakeli

    41 min: The match resumes with the Dragons kicking off.

    40 min: What a finish to the half by the Dragons! With one second remaining, Morris plucks a superb Widdop kick out of the air and sensationally plants the ball while still airborne and with most of his body hanging over the sideline. Freakish effort - who says tries from kicks are boring!. Widdop ices the cake by converting from the sideline to give the visitors an eight-point lead at oranges. DRAGONS 14-6

    Derby flashback: Dragons skipper Trent Barrett scores in the narrow finals win  over Cronulla in 2005 at Wollongong.

    Derby flashback: Dragons skipper Trent Barrett scores in the narrow finals win over Cronulla in 2005 at Wollongong. Photo: Andy Zakeli

    35 min: Chance goes begging for the Dragons as Adam Quinlan spills a short pass from Widdop close to the Sharks' line. The pass appeared to be a bit hard. The better option might have been to throw a cut-out.

    Derby flashback: Dragons winger Reece Simmonds gets past Sharks counterpart David Simmons to score in the 2004 clash at Kogarah.

    Derby flashback: Dragons winger Reece Simmonds gets past Sharks counterpart David Simmons to score in the 2004 clash at Kogarah. Photo: Getty Images

    28 min: Jason Nightingale opens his try-scoring account for the season, spectacularly leaping above Sosaia Feki to bring down a Sam Williams cross-field kick. Widdop hits the upright again with his kick but the Dragons are back in front. DRAGONS 8-6

    Derby flashback: Greg Bird evades Mark Gasnier and scores for the Sharks in their 40-24 finals win over St George Illawarra in 2002.

    Derby flashback: Greg Bird evades Mark Gasnier and scores for the Sharks in their 40-24 finals win over St George Illawarra in 2002. Photo: Craig Golding

    24 min: NO TRY to the Dragons. Morris denied No.101 after touching the chalk at the same time he grounded the ball. So close!

    20 min: Strong return of the football by Gordon after taking a bomb. Both fullbacks have been strong so far tonight.

    Derby flashback: Dragons five-eighth Anthony Mundine celebrates after scoring in the win over Cronulla in the 1999 grand final qualifer at what was then known as Stadium Australia.

    Derby flashback: Dragons five-eighth Anthony Mundine celebrates after scoring in the win over Cronulla in the 1999 grand final qualifer at what was then known as Stadium Australia. Photo: Craig Golding

    13 min: Sharks hooker John Morris brings the home crowd to life by dummying his way over for the simplest of tries. Michael Gordon converts. SHARKS 6-4

    9 min: Todd Carney almost levels the scores but the Dragons do well to deny him a try early in his comeback match. He makes such a difference to this Sharks side.

    5 min: Quick hands by the Dragons puts winger Brett Morris over for his 100th career try. No better finisher in rugby league. Gareth Widdop's sideline kick hits the upright and bounces away. DRAGONS 4-0

    1 min: The Dragons are working the ball off their line after the Sharks kicked off. There's a bit of rain around tonight - which is not unusual for night games at Remondis Stadium.

    Good evening and welcome to our live blog of this clash between two bitter rivals, who have made contrasting starts to their season. The Dragons are flying high at the top of the table with two wins, while the Sharks have lost both of their matches.

    The official teams have been lodged and the Dragons have made one late change to their line-up - Jack De Belin takes Bronson Harrison's spot on the bench. Cronulla have also tinkered with their team, promoting former Rooster Tinirau Arona to the starting line-up instead of Chris Heighington, who joins Isaac De Gois, Matt Prior and Siosaia Vave on the bench.

    Cronulla Sharks v St George Illawarra Dragons

    At Remondis Stadium, Saturday 7pm

    Referees:  Adam Devcich, Henry Perenara

    Head to Head: Sharks 16 Dragons 15 Drawn 1

    Last clash: Sharks 22 bt Dragons 18 at WIN Stadium, Rd 23 2013

    Ladbrokes:   Sharks $2.55, Dragons $1.55

    Betfair:  Sharks $2.60, Dragons $1.57

    AAP writes: Things might just be about to go from bad to worse for the win-less Sharks, who find themselves up against a high flying Dragons outfit that’s put on convincing wins against the Warriors and Tigers. The one thing Cronulla does have going for them however are the returns of Todd Carney (hamstring) and Siosaia Vave (suspension). Yet while they will add impact to an attack that’s yielded just 16 points in two games, it’s the Sharks’ defence that is in desperate need of a patch-up after leaking 60 points in the first two rounds. Meanwhile, Jack de Belin and Jack Stockwell have been added to an extended Dragons bench.

    Key: Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop hasn’t looked back since leaving the Storm, recording a 100 per cent kicking rate with a haul of 27 points and notching up five try assists in the first two rounds.

    Tip: Dragons

    Michael Chammas writes: It’s the battle between first and last in the local derby. The struggling Sharks welcome back Todd Carney from a hamstring injury, but it’s not going to make too much of a difference. The Dragons are beaming with confidence, and on the back of Gareth Widdop, should make it three from three to start the year. Dragons by 6.

    SHARKS: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Blake Ayshford, Ricky Leutele, Jonathan Wright, Todd Carney, Daniel Holdsworth, Sam Tagataese, John Morris, Bryce Gibbs, Tupou Sopoaga, Wade Graham, Chris Heighington. Interchange: Michael Lichaa, Tinirau Arona, Matt Prior, Siosaia Vave, David Fifita (one to be omitted).

    DRAGONS: Adam Quinlan, Brett Morris, Dylan Farrell, Gerard Beale, Jason Nightingale, Gareth Widdop, Sam Williams, Tyson Frizell, Mitch Rein, Dan Hunt, Leeson Ah Mau, Ben Creagh (capt), Trent Merrin. Interchange: Bronson Harrison, Kyle Stanley, Joel Thompson, Mike Cooper, Jack de Belin, Jack Stockwell (two to be omitted).

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    • Timmo & Gal. 2 peas in a pod

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      Wise Kativerata
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      March 22, 2014, 8:46PM
    • Look the nostalgic photos are nice but how about some more up-to-date reporting of he game.
      How come Widdop shows as 4 conversion attempts from 3 tries

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      stevek
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      March 22, 2014, 8:14PM
      • I agree stevek, the historical photos are just confusing. Surely with today's technology they can upload current pics.

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        wysiwyg
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        March 22, 2014, 8:56PM

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