JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Live: St George Illawarra v Wests Tigers

That's it from me tonight - thanks for joining the blog. Glenn Jackson and Chris Barrett will have all the news from press conferences and dressing sheds tomorrow in the SMH and online at LeagueHQ. Cheers

That was a clinical performance from the Dragons - the major reshuffle to their team before kick-off didn't affect their performance. Kyle Stanley and Nathan Green combined well in defence, and Brett Morris at fullback was one of the Dragons best. Wests Tigers, premiership favourites before the season kicked off, have plenty of work to do.

80 min: Tigers pulled up for forward pass - maybe it was the one Marshall threw to himself - ends the game. That's fulltime. Dragons 36-12

77 min: After some hot potato from the Dragons - more the play you'd expect from the Tigers - De Belin is held up over the line. Next play Soward bomb, Morris picks up the crumbs, onto Creagh who goes in for the icer. Soward converts. Dragons 36-12.

75 Min: Moltzen drops it cold - he's certainly had a game to forget tonight. Scrum to Dragons 40m out.

73 MIN; Dragons doing it so easy Nathan Fien on the sideline with a bucket on his foot.

70 min; Even with all their attacking flair it's hard to see the Tigers scoring three tries in 10mins the way the Dragons have been handling their attack tonight.

69 min: Lovely three-man cutout pass from Soward to Vidot 10m out puts him in for a try. Video  ref called for, but it's an easy ruling. Soward's first difficult kick from out wide is off target. Dragons 30-12

65 min: Nice move down the left by Dragons, inside ball from Soward to Morris puts him close but last pass to Stanley ruled forward as he goes over.

64 min: Soward picks up a drop from Marshall on the halfway line, scampers 40m down the left-hand side. After play the ball a quick spread to the right ends when the ball goes through Nightingale's hands and out, but Dragons get penalty as Tigers defence offside.

63 min: Murdoch-Masila spills an inside ball 10m out, picked up by Morris who makes a good 40m break. Then Weyman breaks through on another raid. Set finishes with a bomb from Soward that's knocked on by Dragons players into in-goal.

62 min: Soward cleans up a Marshall grubber in-goal beats three, but pinned down. Line drop out.

60 min: Nathan Green flies high for a bomb, but under defensive pressure can't control it and it spills free.

58 min: Farah darts from dummy half on halfway, nice chip over the top regathered but he spills it trying to flick ball out the back.

56 min; Ashyford penalised for not lining up straight while playing the ball 40m out . Puts Dragons on the attack.

54 min: Good raid down the left hand side from Tigers, Lawrence draws two then nice overhead pass - a bit questionable - after being tackled puts Joel Reddy in. Marshall converts from outside. Dragons 26-12. 

50 min: Tigers only make 20m bringing the ball out from their own end. Bit of scuffle between the two team after Beau knows puts a nice shoulder on Nathan Green. Scrum to thge Tigers on halfway.

46 min; Penalty to Dragons, they decide against shot at goal and go on the attack. Moltzen then penalised for being offside. This is giving points to Soward, who puts it over from 15m out. Dragons 26-6.

44 min: Marshall drops the ball cold running on the last and attempting to pass - like watching Nadal miss an easy overhead smash. Blood bin for Farah, who has plenty of claret coming from a cut.

42 min: Dean Young penalised for holding down in the tackle. Tigers right on the attack, but a loose pass lets Dragons off the hook.

41 min: Tigers make 80m on their first set of six, run on the last and Lawrence spills the ball 10m out trying to get a ball away.

And we're away in the second half - Dragons kick off.

Last week it was the 10 minutes after half-time that killed the Tigers when Manly went over for two tries, this week it could be the period just before halftime that costs them the game.

And for those of you interested in the aquatic games, Ian Thorpe has missed out on a spot in the 200m freestyle final at the Olympic trials.

Here's Glenn Jackson's take on the first 40 minutes: "The Tigers would have been happy to go into the break at 12-6. But tries to Nathan Fien and Ben Hornby just before halftime have given the Dragons clear air. The Tigers have shown poor defence up the middle for each of the Dragons' four tries. It's been a combustible affair, made more lively by high shots and dangerous tackles, and inaction by officials. Perhaps the Tigers have been rattled. Certainly, the Dragons have been the better side, and deserve their lead."

That's halftime and here's the ad break.

40 min: And Dragons make them pay. Fein scampers from dummy half and Hornby runs a great line to find the gap and go in under the black dot. Too easy for Soward. Dragons 24-6.

39 min: Groat penalised on the 5th tackle. That's a Sheens killer. Dragons 10m out.

37 min: Hornby puts Merrin through a small gap, who brushes off a Blair shoulder hit, Fein gets the ball in support and it's try time for the Dragons. Soward converts. Dragons 18-6.

35 min; Hornby grubber in-goal goes dead. Timmy Moltzen most relieved man in Kogarah.

32 min: Blair and Farah get square with Merrin, forcing him to loose the ball 10m out with solid combo tackle. Uh oh - Molzten spills the ball from the back of the scrum. Crowd cheer, then boo.

30 min: Beau doesn't know where he is, runs into Trent Merrin and spills the ball. Merrin lucky not to be penalised. Dragons get the ball 25m out. Creagh then spills the ball to take the pressure off, then Blair spills the ball. Dragons will get the ball from scrum 10m out.

28 min: Promising Tigers raid ends when Lawrence spills the ball in heavy traffic after Marshall trys to put him through.

26 min: Tigers get a penalty after a minor scuffle. Marshall obviously ok with a good mini-bomb, ball back to Tigers but Hornby holds up Murdoch-Masila over the line.

25 min:   Marhsall receiving some on-field treatment in the background from a trainer - looks a bit dizzy. May have copped a swinging arm from Latimore.

20 min: Marshall grubber into in-goal. Scramble for the ball. We're off to the video ref. Beau knows where the ball is. Try. Marshall drains conversion from the sideline. Dragons 12-6.

19 min: Soward penalised after being offside clearing up a Marshall grubber. Tigers right on attack here.

18 min: Tigers get a penalty on their own 30m after a De Belin hold down.

16 min: Despite all the late changes the Dragons look far more organised than the Tigers.

13 min: Morris breaks through the defence from 10m out. Humble holds him up on the line, but he spins and pops a ball to Dan Hunt who takes it one-handed and plunges over. Soward converts. Dragons 12-0.

12 min: Moltzen penalised on halfway for not being back 10. Crowd love that decsion. Dragons on attack again.

9 min: Try Mitch Rein throws more dummies than a cranky baby after taking off from dummy half 10m out. The Wests Tigers defence hangs off and lets him through. Soward conversion from in front. Dragons 6-0

8 min: Blair gets Nightingale with a loose arm, it's good night Nightingale - he's looks shaken. Penalty to Dragons, they're 20m out after the pentlty.

7 min: Dragons attack broken up 15m out. Lawrence puts a good hit on Stanley forcing his pass to miss the mark.

4 min: Farah terrible spear tackle on Ben Hornby. Penalty to Dragons on their tryline.

2min: Moltzen gets his first touch and kicks on the last. Shock: the crowd boo. Daniel Vidot spills the ball in play the ball. Tigers will get the ball 30m out.

And we're off.

Is 2012 the year of the grudge match? If so, we’ve got one of the top raters tonight - St George Illawarra v Wests Tigers.

If you’re a Dragons fan Moltzen is the modern-day Benedict Arnold (ball-playing second rower with American Tomahawks 1775-78, before switching to Great Britain Lions 80-81) for reneging on agreement to join the Dragons and stay with the Tigers.

Tonight's refs Tony Archer and Phil Haines signed up as members of the Moltzen fan club - he’ll cop more abuse tonight than the men in pink.

Tonight’s pre-match entertainment, inspired by Moltzen, is provided by one of the great, if not greatest, bands - The Clash with Should I Stay or Should I Go?

 

We've got some team changes to get through - the Dragons have thrown the jigsaw pieces around. Matt Cooper and Beau Scott both ruled out with Nathan Green and Kyle Stanley to play in the centres, Daniel Vidot to the wing and Brett Morris at fullback. In the forwards Dan Hunt and Jack De Belin to start with Dean Young and Jeremy Latimore on the bench and Leeson Ah Mau is out. For the Tigers, Gareth Ellis is out with Liam Fulton to start in the backrow and Junior Moors on the bench.

 

Comments

Be the first to comment.

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Related Coverage

NRL Season 2015

Round 1
Thu, 05 MarTimes shown AEDT
BRI 6vs SOU 36 Report Stats
Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR 42vs MAN 12 Report Report Stats
Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 24vs NZW 14 Report Stats
GCT 18vs WST 19 Report Stats
NQL 4vs SYD 28 Report Stats
Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 24vs CBY 18 Report Stats
CRO 20vs CBR 24 Report Stats
Mon, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
STG 4vs MEL 12 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
CBY 32vs PAR 12 Report Stats
CRO 2vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 40vs GCT 0 Report Stats
MAN 24vs MEL 22 Stats
NQL 14vs NEW 16 Report Stats
Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU 34vs SYD 26 Stats
CBR 6vs NZW 18 Report Stats
Mon, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
WST 22vs STG 4 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 3
Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
MAN 12vs CBY 16 Report Stats
BRI 44vs NQL 22 Report Stats
Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 29vs PAR 16 Report Stats
CBR 20vs STG 22 Report Stats
MEL 36vs CRO 18 Report Stats
Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU 20vs WST 6 Report Stats
GCT 18vs NEW 20 Report Stats
Mon, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
SYD 20vs PEN 12 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 4
Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR 29vs SOU 16 Report Stats
WST 24vs CBY 25 Report Stats
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 26vs PEN 14 Report Stats
CRO 22vs GCT 24 Report Stats
STG 12vs MAN 4 Report Stats
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 16vs BRI 24 Report Stats
SYD 34vs CBR 6 Report Stats
Mon, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
NQL 18vs MEL 17 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 5
Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
CBY 17vs SOU 18 Report Stats
GCT 16vs BRI 26 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MAN 16vs CBR 29 Report Stats
NEW 0vs STG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD 12vs CRO 20 Report Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 6vs WST 22 Report Stats
MEL 30vs NZW 14 Report Stats
PEN 10vs NQL 30 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 6
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 22vs SYD 18 Report Stats
CRO 22vs NEW 6 Report Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 16vs GCT 38 Report Stats
NZW 32vs WST 22 Report Stats
PEN 22vs MAN 12 Report Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
CBR 10vs MEL 14 Report Stats
STG 31vs CBY 6 Report Stats
Mon, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SOU 12vs NQL 30 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 7
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 28vs MAN 16 Report Stats
STG 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
GCT 32vs PEN 6 Report Stats
NQL 28vs NZW 24 Report Stats
MEL 17vs SYD 16 Report Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
WST 22vs CBR 30 Report Stats
NEW 22vs PAR 28 Report Stats
Mon, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
CRO 18vs SOU 10 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 8
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 14vs WST 38 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
NZW 28vs GCT 32 Report Stats
NEW 24vs NQL 26 Report Stats
SYD 12vs STG 14 Report Stats
MEL 10vs MAN 12 Stats
BRI 28vs PAR 16 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
PEN 26vs CRO 18 Stats
SOU 22vs CBR 30 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 9
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 8vs PEN 5 Report Stats
SYD 36vs WST 4 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 56vs GCT 16 Stats
CRO 16vs NZW 20 Stats
NQL 23vs CBY 16 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 30vs NEW 10 Stats
PAR 10vs MEL 28 Stats
Mon, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 16vs STG 10 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 10
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
CBY 10vs SYD 24 Stats
NQL 31vs BRI 20 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
PAR 13vs NZW 17 Report Stats
GCT 22vs CRO 23 Report Stats
MEL 16vs SOU 12 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
STG 32vs CBR 18 Report Stats
NEW 22vs WST 12 Stats
Mon, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 10vs PEN 11 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 11
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 14vs PAR 12 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
WST 0vs NQL 8 Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 34vs CBY 41 Stats
Mon, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
NEW 18vs BRI 31 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 12
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
PEN 20vs PAR 26 Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
GCT 16vs SOU 22 Report Stats
CBR 12vs BRI 24 Stats
NQL 18vs MAN 14 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
NZW 24vs NEW 20 Stats
STG 42vs CRO 6 Stats
Mon, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 24vs MEL 2 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 13
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI 44vs MAN 10 Report Stats
WST 20vs GCT 27 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW 22vs CBR 44 Stats
SOU 36vs NZW 4 Stats
PEN 0vs MEL 20 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
CRO 10vs SYD 4 Stats
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY 29vs STG 16 Stats
PAR 30vs NQL 36 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 14
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
WST 34vs SOU 6 Report Stats
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW 21vs SYD 25 Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
GCT 28vs CBY 14 Stats
Mon, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 22vs PAR 26 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 15
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
MAN 30vs WST 20 Report Stats
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CBR 20vs NQL 21 Report Stats
GCT 14vs NZW 36 Report Stats
CBY 24vs PEN 12 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW 28vs CRO 30 Report Stats
MEL 12vs BRI 14 Report Stats
Mon, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
STG 14vs SYD 19 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 16
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI 44vs NEW 22 Stats
SOU 20vs MAN 8 Report Stats
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW 30vs CBR 8 Stats
NQL 18vs CRO 24 Report Stats
PAR 16vs STG 12 Report Stats
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 20vs GCT 10 Stats
WST 12vs PEN 35 Stats
Mon, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY 20vs MEL 4 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 17
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 20vs SOU 6 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
STG 12vs NQL 18 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN 28vs CRO 16 Report Stats
Mon, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
WST 16vs PAR 28 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 18
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR 36vs NEW 22 Stats
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 4vs SYD 24 Stats
CBY 8vs BRI 16 Stats
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW 28vs MEL 14 Report Stats
CRO 28vs STG 8 Report Stats
Mon, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
GCT 6vs MAN 38 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 19
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
PAR 4vs CBY 28 Report Stats
MEL 52vs PEN 10 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR 20vs CRO 21 Report Stats
NEW 30vs GCT 2 Report Stats
STG 8vs SOU 24 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 24vs NZW 0 Report Stats
BRI 42vs WST 16 Stats
Mon, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN 12vs NQL 30 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 20
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI 34vs GCT 0 Report Stats
WST 8vs SYD 33 Stats
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW 12vs MAN 32 Stats
MEL 22vs STG 4 Stats
SOU 52vs NEW 6 Stats
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 24vs CBR 34 Report Stats
CBY 16vs CRO 18 Report Stats
Mon, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
NQL 46vs PAR 4 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 21
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 38vs CBY 28 Report Stats
WST 34vs MEL 16 Report Stats
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW 14vs CRO 18 Stats
NQL 32vs CBR 24 Stats
MAN 44vs BRI 14 Stats
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
STG 46vs NEW 24 Stats
SOU 20vs PEN 16 Report Stats
Mon, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
GCT 24vs PAR 14 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 22
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 16vs CBY 18 Report Stats
MAN 28vs SOU 8 Stats
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW 0vs STG 36 Stats
CRO 30vs NQL 18 Stats
PAR 10vs PEN 4 Stats
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
NEW 22vs SYD 38 Report Stats
Mon, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 18vs WST 20 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 23
Thu, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
NQL 18vs SOU 31 Stats
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 32vs STG 6 Report Stats
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
WST 18vs NEW 24 Stats
PEN 24vs NZW 10 Stats
SYD 28vs PAR 18 Stats
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 24vs MAN 26 Stats
CBY 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
Mon, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
CRO 2vs MEL 30 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 24
Thu, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
STG 19vs PEN 12 Report Stats
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 18vs CBY 32 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
CRO 40vs WST 18 Report Stats
NZW 16vs NQL 50 Report Stats
SYD 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
GCT 28vs CBR 12 Stats
MAN 16vs PAR 20 Report Stats
Mon, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 6vs NEW 20 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 25
Thu, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 12vs BRI 47 Report Stats
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
MAN 10vs SYD 46 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
PAR 28vs CRO 35 Stats
NEW 18vs CBY 20 Stats
MEL 14vs NQL 6 Report Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
WST 50vs NZW 16 Report Stats
GCT 28vs STG 26 Stats
Mon, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 34vs PEN 18 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 26
Thu, 03 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI ($1.50)vs MEL ($2.60) 19:45SUN
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD ($1.38)vs SOU ($3.00) 19:45AS
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
PEN vs NEW 15:00Pepp
STG ($1.57)vs WST ($2.40) 17:30ANZ
NQL ($1.25)vs GCT ($3.90) 19:301300
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
PAR vs CBR 14:00Pirtek
CRO ($1.62)vs MAN ($2.30) 16:00Rem
CBY ($1.06)vs NZW ($9.50) 18:30ANZ
View All Fixtures
NRL Ladder 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D Pts
Sydney Roosters 23 17 6 0 38
Brisbane Broncos 23 17 6 0 38
North Queensland Cowboys 23 16 7 0 36
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 23 14 9 0 32
Melbourne Storm 23 13 10 0 30
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 23 13 10 0 30
South Sydney Rabbitohs 23 13 10 0 30
St George-Illawarra Dragons 23 11 12 0 26
View all
 

Follow Us on Facebook

Featured advertisers