Dragons beat Eels 14-12 in NRL
A late try from centre Kyle Stanley gave St George Illawarra a hard fought 14-12 win over a gallant Parramatta side at Kogarah, breaking the Dragons’ three-game NRL losing streak.
The desperate Dragons kept the ball alive to allow the powerful centre to crash over on the right edge, taking a couple of Eels across the line with him.
Stanley had also opened his team’s scoring with a try in the 20th minute.
But home fans were made to sweat right to the end with winger Daniel Vidot defusing a towering Jarryd Hayne bomb near his own goal-line seconds before the fulltime siren.
The Dragons trailed 12-4 at halftime with the Eels on track to win just their second game of the season.
Against the run of the play six minutes into the second half the Dragons hit back.
Fullback Brett Morris scored a 70m try after accepting a pass from winger Jason Nightingale, who broke some feeble right edge defence, and Jamie Soward’s conversion made it 12-10.
Parramatta started brilliantly with five-eighth Casey McGuire scoring after just two minutes from a Chris Sandow cross-field kick with Luke Burt converting to make it 6-0.
The Dragons were able to hit back on 20 minutes with Stanley crashing over in the right corner following a tap back from a leaping Vidot after a Soward cross-field kick.
But Vidot went from hero to villain a few minutes later when he dropped the ball inside the 30 metres and the Eels made them pay.
Back-rower Matthew Ryan charged onto a perfect Sandow short ball and beat three Dragons to score next to the posts as the visitors took a 12-4 lead with Luke Burt’s easy conversion.
McGuire’s season looks over after he suffered a suspected torn pectoral muscle in the 20th minute.© AAP 2013