St George Illawarra Dragons vs Brisbane Broncos: NRL live scores, blog

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    St George-Illa. Vs. Brisbane

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 16 March, 2013

    WIN Stadium, Wollongong, NSW
    Brisbane 22 defeated St George-Illa. 6
    St George-Illa. Brisbane
    6 FINAL SCORE 22
    1 TRIES 4
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • St George-Illa. - Michael Weyman 4pts (1T 0G)
    • Brisbane - Scott Prince 6pts (0T 3G)
    Important moments:
    • Brisbane took the lead at the 8 min. mark 2nd half
    • Scott Prince (Bris) scored at the 75 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: Robinson, J
    Touch judges: MacFarlane, R & Holland, P

    The St George Illawarra Dragons host the Brisbane Broncos tonight with both teams keen to fire in attack after producing disappointing performances with the football last week. Join us for live scores and commentary from 8.00pm AEDT.

    St George Illawarra and Brisbane were both comprehensively outplayed by Melbourne and Manly respectively and need to improve considerably if they are to be a force in the NRL this season.

    The Dragons tried hard last week but severely lacked the attacking class to trouble a Storm outfit that cantered to a 20-point win.

    Brisbane themselves were also outplayed by Manly, and fell away badly from the moment they went behind in the second half.

    In short, the offensive play of the Dragons and Broncos left a lot to be desired last week so it would not surprise to see both teams play out a low scoring encounter tonight.


    The Dragons at home will have an obligation to play more attacking football in front of their fans, especially after last week’s passive performance against Melbourne.

    Nathan Fien in particular needs to improve his kicking game tenfold after producing more rocks than diamonds with his effort last week.

    Fien had a match to forget against Melbourne, with the majority of his attacking grubber kicks either going dead in-goal or resulting in a try to the opposition.

    Halves partner Jamie Soward wasn’t as bad, but the former NSW Origin player still failed to get himself involved on a more regular basis in attack despite scoring an intercept try.

    For the Dragons to score points this season, Soward is going to have to play well and take risks in attack. He certainly has the speed and talent to do so, especially when he pulls off those chip kicks in the middle of park.

    Fien and Soward also need to get Brett Morris more involved in attack. The Origin and Test winger is one of the NRL’s best attacking talents and needs to get his hands in possession on a regular basis if the Dragons hope to open Brisbane up tonight.

    The Broncos meanwhile will need Justin Hodges firing on all fronts. The Queensland centre was the only player that looked like opening Manly up last week and did so with two try assists.

    If the Dragons can shut Hodges down, the Broncos attack will effectively go blunt, and it remains to be seen if halves Peter Wallace and Scott Prince possess the attacking class necessary to score against a Dragons unit that invariably play well at home.

    Dragons by six.

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    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      Defence was outstanding, especially in the first half, but jeez, any other team would have put Brisbane to the sword in that second half — they looked absolutely exhausted around the 60-minute mark. Long year ahead for the Dragons!

    • 9:57pm
      Matt said | 9:57pm | ! Report

      Wow Dragons! God it’s going to be a long year for their supporters, how much possession do they need to score a few tries? It was 35 sets to 25 sets last stat I saw, and they still lost.

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 9:50pm | ! Report

      Well the Dragons certainly managed to dominate large parts of the encounter against Brisbane tonight. Unfortunetly for them, they just didn’t do enough with the football to convert pressure into points. The Broncos though looked far more threatening in attack despite not dominating possession and got their just rewards on the scoreboard with Stagg, Hoffman, Norman and Hannant all scoring tries. Wallace and Prince were organised in the halves while Brisbane’s forwards did the job big time in defence. McCullough was very solid at dummy-half. Great win for the Broncos but the Dragons really need to spark things in attack if they are a chance of winning any matches this year, let alone making the eight. Thank you for your company tonight and join us for Saturday NRL on The Roar

      Dragons 6
      Broncos 22

    • 9:48pm
      Kellett_1992 said | 9:48pm | ! Report

      Good work Broncos.

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 9:47pm | ! Report

      80′ – Wallace with a kick now and he finds touch and that’s all she wrote here. Great win for the Broncos!


      Dragons 6
      Broncos 22

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 9:46pm | ! Report

      78′ – This loss will hurt the Dragons after dominating large parts of the encounter tonight. Fien with a bomb now and Maranta takes the ball very well on the full after going high.

      Dragons 6
      Broncos 22

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 9:45pm | ! Report

      77′ – Wallace, Norman, Prince and McCullough very solid tonight for Brisbane in a tough contest. This is a really good win for the Broncos so early in the season. Gillett nearly breaks through here but is shut down just in time. Prince with a grubber now but the football goes dead

      Dragons 6
      Broncos 22

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 9:43pm | ! Report

      76′ – Penalty to the Broncos now after the Dragons short kickoff did not go ten metres. Broncos could finish with a flourish now after such a grinding contest

      Dragons 6
      Broncos 22

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 9:42pm | ! Report

      CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL – Prince converts very well and its game over now!

      Dragons 6
      Broncos 22

      Broncos deserve this victory. The Dragons have really offered nothing in attack tonight and have a lot to work on with the football. Brisbane, like the Bulldogs, just too good with the football when it counted.

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