Rugby League

St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers

Dragons centre Gerard Beale touches down against the Tigers.
Dragons centre Gerard Beale touches down against the Tigers. Photo: Getty Images
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The Dragons have started the year with a win, finishing 44-24 victors in front of almost 20,000 fans at ANZ Stadium. Great start for coach Steve Price, not so for Mick Potter.

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They are in again the Dragons! Jason Nightingale breaks through the middle of the field and puts Adam Quinlan in under the post. Dragons lead 44-24 with a minute on the clock.

Tigers trying everything but it's to no avail. Dragons with the ball with three minutes on the clock leading 38-24.

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Tigers aren't showing much with the ball, eight minutes remaining but that's game over. Incredible effort from the Dragons to come back from such a slow start. Gareth Widdop has been absolutely superb in his first game for the club.

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Mitch Rein burrows over from dummy half and that should seal the deal for St George Illawarra. Soft defence from the Tigers, who are now showing some serious signs of fatigue. Dragons lead 38-24 with 14 minutes remaining.

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Widdop is having an afternoon to remember, laying on another try with an inside pass to Tyson Frizell, who runs over the top of Tedesco to score. Dragons lead by eight but this game is far from over. Dragons 32-24 with 18 minutes on the clock.

Michael Witt's dislocated shoulder has been put back in.

Dragons centre Gerard Beale touches down against the Tigers.
Dragons centre Gerard Beale touches down against the Tigers. Photo: Getty Images
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No try! Knock on is the ruling as Michael Witt leaves the field with what looks like a shoulder injury. Bad news for St George Illawarra. Kyle Stanley comes on in the halves.

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This could be a try to the Dragons! Quinlan is claiming it from a cross-field kick from Widdop - but it's unclear whether Michael Witt knocked it on during the mid-air contest.

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Tigers cough up possession close to the line. Dragons on the attack.

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Marty Taupau is over. Referee Ashley Klein sent it upstairs, but once again there was insufficient evidence to overturn the original decision and it's a try. Tigers hit back. It's 26-24 with 32 minutes remaining.

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Widdop is on fire, slotting it from out wide to give the Dragons a 26-18 lead with 35 minutes on the clock.

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It's been awarded after several replays. The Dragons lead 24-18 with a kick to come out wide.

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The Dragons are in! The new halves have done the damage! Gareth Widdop breaks through the line and offloads to Michael Witt to score his first try as a Dragon. It's gone upstairs with a hint of an obstruction but it shouldn't be any problem.

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We're back for the second half, but it doesn't look like Jack DeBelin will be joining us. He left the field in the first half with a leg injury and hasn't surfaced for the second 40 minutes.

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Another penalty against the Tigers. Gareth Widdop gives the Dragons a two point lead at the break, slotting the penalty goal from 10 metres in from touch. Dragons lead 20-18. Big effort to come back from 12-0 down.

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Good kick from Widdop, equally impressive tackle from Mitch Rein and a couple of his teammates to drag Marika Koroibete back into the in-goal. Dragons will have one more set before the break.

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Brett Morris down. Aaron Woods collects him high around the melon with a clumsy effort. Dragons will get a piggy-back down the field. Woods on report. Just over three minutes remaining in the half.

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Word from the Tigers is Fulton is up and walking in the sheds. He obviously won't be back today but good to see he's on his feet.

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