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RD 5 v KNIGHTS SUN 7-4-13




1 Gerard Beale
2 Brett Morris
3 Chase Stanley
4 Matt Cooper
5 Jason Nightingale
6 Jamie Soward
7 Nathan Fien
8 Dan Hunt
9 Mitch Rein
10 Jack Stockwell
11 Tyson Frizell
12 Ben Creagh (c)
13 Trent Merrin

14 Bronson Harrison
15 Matt Prior
16 Leeson Ah Mau
17 Daniel Vidot
19 Jack de Belin
23 Michael Henderson

Coach: Steve Price



Nailed on to trounce the Knights :) 


That's a good as we are going to get. Let's hope there hungry. I's prefer they eat at Knight. Rather than being part of a drive through. 


anyone travelling by train leave early as there is trackwork this weekend. Hopefully the Dragons will put in another team effort against the Knights 


Know Your Enemy: Newcastle Knights
Friday 5 April 2013 8:00 AM

The St George Illawarra Dragons will take to the field at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah for the first time in 2013 on Sunday, when they tackle the Newcastle Knights, kick-off 3 pm.
Fresh from their first win of the campaign in last round’s local derby against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, the Red-and-Whites are gunning for back-to-back victories.
The visitors have performed strongly to start the season, with a 32-nil loss to the Manly Sea Eagles in round two the only blip on the radar so far.
The match will see several former Dragons players return to their former stomping ground, with Darius Boyd, Alex McKinnon, Chris Houston, Jeremy Smith, Neville Costigan and Adam Cuthbertson all named in Head Coach Wayne Bennett’s squad.
Former Dragons enforcer Beau Scott will miss the match, however, after sustaining a groin injury in round three.
In the NYC curtain-raiser, the Young Dragons will play host to the Knights, with the two sides possessing an identical record so far this campaign.
Both teams are coming off a loss, having collected wins the previous round.
Gates open at 12:30 pm, with NYC kick-off at 12:45 pm.
NRL Line-Up
NRL Head Coach: Wayne Bennett
1. Darius Boyd
2. James McManus
3. Anthony Quinn
4. Alex McKinnon
5. Akuila Uate
6. Jarrod Mullen
7. Tyrone Roberts
8. Kade Snowden
9. Kurt Gidley
10. Willie Mason
11. Robbie Rochow
12. Chris Houston
13. Jeremy Smith
14. Danny Buderus
15. Neville Costigan
16. Adam Cuthbertson
17. David Fa’alogo
18. Timana Tahu
NYC Line-Up
NYC Head Coach: Michael Crawley
1. Honeti Tuha
2. Lachlan Shipard
3. Josh Allison
4. Kelvin Lowe
5. Jake Mamo
6.Tom Rouse
7. James De Saxe
8. Jackson Hill
9. Eddie Proudler
10. Jah Pakau
11. Ben Roose
12. Joseph Tapine
13. James Elias
14. Stephen Widders
15. Michael Steele
16. Rob Mason
17. Jeremy Ma’a
18. Mona Seumanufagai
Team Changes
The visitors have named an unchanged line-up from the team that took down the Canberra Raiders 28-12 last Sunday.
Australia international Timana Tahu has been added to the squad as 18th man, after making his comeback from a foot injury in the NSW Cup last week.
Their NYC counterparts have undergone a re-shuffle, with winger Jake Mamo’s inclusion pushing Kelvin Lowe into the centres.
This in turn moves Joseph Tapine into the second row, with Michael Steele relegated to the bench, and Lachlan Fitzgibbon omitted.
In the only other change, Mona Seumanufagai replaces Curtly Hope-Hodgetts on the bench.
The Knights will be without the services of three members of their squad for the clash.
Former Dragon Beau Scott and hooker Travis Waddell are both out of action indefinitely, having sustained groin and hamstring injuries respectively.
Centre Dane Gagai is also on the sidelines, with an ankle injury expected to keep him out until round eight.
The Key Threats
The Knights’ playmakers have been their standout performers so far this campaign.
Tyrone Roberts has cemented his place in the number seven jersey with starring roles in the wins over the Cowboys and Raiders in recent weeks, while Jarrod Mullen is in career-best form at five-eighth.
The emergence of Roberts has allowed captain Kurt Gidley to move to hooker in rotation with veteran Danny Buderus.
In the backline, fullback Darius Boyd has enjoyed a strong start to the year, having struggled in parts of his debut season with the Novocastrians in 2012.
Winger Akuila Uate is also in sublime touch, chalking up six tries in the opening month of the competition.
The visitors’ forward pack has also made headlines, with Willie Mason and Jeremy Smith leading the way in the middle of the field.
Recent Meetings
The Dragons have a strong recent record in clashes between the two sides, holding a 7-3 advantage over the last 10 meetings.
The Red-and-Whites also boast wins in both of last seasons’ encounters, in rounds one and seven.


Dragons Out-Joust Knights
Sunday 7 April 2013 5:00 PM

The St George Illawarra Dragons defeated the Newcastle Knights 19-16 at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.
The Red-and-Whites struck thrice in the victory, with first-half tries from wingers Brett Morris and Jason Nightingale, as well as a second-half effort from second-rower Tyson Frizell.
Head Coach Steve Price made two changes to the line-up announced in midweek, with Josh Drinkwater and Jack de Belin making their first appearances of the campaign from the interchange bench.
Their additions came at the expense of Leeson Ah Mau and Daniel Vidot, who were omitted from the 17.
The Dragons made a strong start to the encounter, with a pinpoint kick from five-eighth Jamie Soward forcing a goal-line dropout.
Soward took full advantage of the opportunity, slotting over an eighth-minute penalty goal from 20 metres out when the Knights were caught offside in the ensuing set of six.
The visitors were again adjudged offside in similar field position just five minutes later, but the Red-and-Whites this time opted to run the ball.
The decision paid dividends, with winger Brett Morris scoring in the left-hand corner after good lead-up work from lock Trent Merrin.
Merrin’s offload created space on the outside, and Soward and centre Matt Cooper combined to send the Kiama junior across the stripe.
Soward split the posts from the touchline, giving the Dragons an 8-nil advantage after 14 minutes of play.
The remainder of the half developed into an arm wrestle, with the Red-and-Whites’ kicking game preventing the Novocastrians from having many attacking opportunities.
Their best chance came with fullback Darius Boyd took a crossfield kick from five-eighth Jarrod Mullen five metres out from the Dragons’ line.
Resolute scrambling defence from the Dragons proved enough to halt their former teammate and keep their line intact.
A Jamie Soward field goal after a frantic passage of play in the final minute of the half was the only further addition to the score, giving the Dragons a 9-nil lead at the main break.
Knights centre Timana Tahu’s scooped up a loose ball with under 10 seconds of play remaining, and looked to keep the play alive with a quick offload.
The pass was intercepted by Dragons centre Chase Stanley however, and the ball was fed to Soward, whose 40-metre field goal attempt took a favourable deflection off the left-hand upright and added a point to the score.
The halftime break came at the right time for the visitors, who made a fast start to the second stanza with an early try to Boyd.
The fullback took a pass on a second-man play, and dummied his way across the line, cutting the margin to 9-6 after captain Kurt Gidley’s 47th minute conversion.
Unfortunately for the Dragons, fullback Gerard Beale suffered a left knee injury while trying to prevent the try, and was forced to leave the field.
Beale’s departure gave Josh Drinkwater his first taste of NRL action, with the debutant introduced at five-eighth, and Soward shifting to fullback.
The unfamiliar role seemed only to galvanise Soward, whose first act as custodian was to deliver a cut-out pass to winger Jason Nightingale.
The New Zealand international scored unopposed in the right-hand corner, extending the Red-and-Whites’ lead to 13-6 in the 53rd minute.
The 14,226-strong crowd only had to wait seven minutes for the next four-pointer, with second-rower Tyson Frizell capitalising on a Knights’ mistake.
Knights fullback Boyd spilt the ball after a strong kick chase led by Dragons halfback Nathan Fien, and the loose ball was picked up by Stanley, who gave Frizell an easy 15-metre run to the line.
Soward’s conversion from wide on the right pushed the score out to 19-6, giving the hosts a buffer of more than two converted tries.
The visitors needed to be the next to score after conceding back-to-back tries, and centre Timana Tahu answered the call.
After releasing winger James McManus down the left sideline, Tahu backed up to take the return pass and cross for his side’s second try.
Gidley added the extras with 15 minutes to play, putting his side seven points in arrears, with the score at 19-12.
The Knights continued to pepper the Dragons’ line in search of more points, but the Red-and-Whites’ defence remained stout until the final minute.
Boyd was again involved, grubbering for winger Akuila Uate to score on the right flank.
Gidley’s conversion was off the mark, giving the Red-and-Whites a 19-16 win.
St George Illawarra Dragons 19 defeated Newcastle Knights 16.
St George Illawarra Dragons 19. Tries: Morris, Nightingale, Frizell. Goals: Soward (2/3). Penalty Goal: Soward (1/1). Field Goal: Soward
Newcastle Knights 12. Try: Boyd, Tahu, Uate. Goal: Gidley (2/3). 


Price praises Dragons' win over Knights
By By Ian McCullough
Sun 07th April, 6:43pm

Steve Price brushed aside the significance of a third successive NRL win over former boss Wayne Bennett, preferring to heap praise on his St George Illawarra side after Sunday's 19-16 victory over Newcastle.

The Dragons ran in three tries through Brett Morris, Jason Nightingale and Tyson Frizell to seal a second straight victory and arrest their poor start to the season.

Former NSW five-eighth Jamie Soward kicked two goals and a field goal on the stroke of halftime and produced his best performance of the season in game where he played fullback for the final half-hour following a knee injury to Gerard Beale.

Price has beaten Bennett three times since succeeding the coaching great at the helm of the joint-venture team at the end of 2011.

"It's not something I get off on," Price said.

"For a guy who has won seven premierships I have the upmost respect for him.

"It's all about putting a good performance in and the boys did that."

Despite criticism heaped on his team earlier in the season, Price always insisted his side were heading in the right direction and said that promise was finally turning into victories.

"I wouldn't say we're on fire but it's very pleasing," he said.

"We're heading in the right direction. The first three weeks we were doing a lot of positive stuff but it's only starting to come out now.

"We backed up a good performance against the Sharks and it's important we keep building off that."

Bennett said he was disappointed by the defeat but not downcast by the performance of his side, who lost their last away game 32-0 to Manly in round three.

The Knights were vastly improved in the second half, having failed to trouble the scorers in the first, with Darius Boyd and Timana Tahu going over and Akuila Uate adding a late four-pointer in the final seconds.

"We ran out of time today," Bennett said.

"We were beaten by a really good team and we were really good ourselves. It happens, that's footy.

"That's where we want to be. That's the way we want to be playing. We'll win more than we lose."

Bennett also defended his former club and said criticism of their performances and coach had been unfair.

"If I listen to you guys (in the media) they were playing pretty poor but I don't listen to you," he said.

"They were putting a lot of effort in. You are quick to criticise after losing a couple of games but it's the quality and how you lose.

"They were trying their hearts out and it just wasn't coming off for them."



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