Cronulla Sharks vs St George Illawarra Dragons: NRL live scores, blog

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    Sharks vs Dragons

    NRL, 19 March, 2017

    Southern Cross Group Stadium
    Fulltime - Sharks 10, Dragons 16
    Sharks   Dragons
    10 FINAL SCORE 16
    2 TRIES 2
    Referee: Ben Cummins
    Touch judges: Ricky McFarlane & Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
    Video Referee: Ben Galea

    Match result:

    The St George Illawarra Dragons have held on for a win after keeping the Cronulla Sharks scoreless in the first half.

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    Final score
    Cronulla Sharks 16
    St George Illawarra Dragons 10

    Match preview:

    Defending champions the Cronulla Sharks will play host to the St George Illawarra Dragons tonight after an up and down start to the season for both sides. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 6:30pm (AEDT).

    After a disappointing eight-point loss to the Broncos to start their title defence, the Sharks got right back on track with a blistering performance against the Raiders in Round 2.

    They shot past last year’s biggest movers, putting on 42 points to 16 in a demolition job away from home.

    They’ve nearly been written off already in 2017 to go back-to-back but much like last season, the Sharks still have plenty to prove despite the competition still being so young.

    On the other hand, the Dragons have done the opposite.

    They kicked off their season with a massive win, coming out of Round 1 as the surprise packet of the competition after running over a hapless Panthers outfit to start their season with a bang.

    It was short lived, however, putting in a scrappy effort against the Eels at home to let in 36 points in Round 2 and suffer their first loss of the season.

    The writing was on the wall after just 38 seconds when Russell Packer knocked on from the kickoff and Parramatta crossed the line inside one minute.

    With two vastly differing performances, it’s anyone’s guess as to what half of the Dragons will turn up tonight in tough conditions against the defending premiers.

    In terms of historical advantage, the Dragons have won 19 to the Sharks’ 18 overall with one draw, but it’s St George who has won four of their last six games against Cronulla.

    Team News
    The Sharks welcome back Valentine Holmes after recovering from a hamstring injury during the week.

    He will not be joined however by big Tony Williams and Fa’amanu Brown who were both sent down to NSW Cup this week after being named in an extended squad leading up to the game.

    For the Dragons, coach Paul McGregor will come into the fixture unchanged, retaining his side from their defeat against the Eels.

    After an undulating start to their title defence in the opening rounds of the 2017 campaign, the Sharks will be looking to win and win big here at home tonight to really get their season kicking.

    The Dragons have had two extremely contrasting weeks in the comp but one has to feel that their performance last week will be more in line with the rest of their year.

    Sharks to win by 16

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    • 8:40pm
      Paul said | 8:40pm | ! Report

      “The NRL admit the Roosters winning try was from a forward pass”, no kidding! 70% of the passes from dummy half are forward but not called because it would slow the game & be bad for tv. Here’s a thought, if you are going to ignore the most fundamental rule in league then why not ignore them all. Good job to spot the “forward?” pass just before half time tonight. Maybe Specsavers should renew their sponsorship. Said it before, still applies. NRL you are a joke. Maybe it’s about time for James to do what his dad tried to do & set up an alternative comp, then the fans may get a fair go. Seagulls!! 30 NQL 8 Bulls$&t.

    • Roar Guru

      Renegade said | 8:26pm | ! Report

      Dragons deserved the win, Sharks need to learn you can’t just show up for one half and win games this season… especially when you’re the defending premiers and every team will be up to take you on.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 8:24pm | ! Report

      Well, that’s 2 more wins than I thought we would have after 3 weeks. Oh when the Saints, Oh when the Saints go marchin’ in!

    • Roar Guru

      The Barry said | 8:24pm | ! Report

      More refs fault?

      Dragons have a very tough pack. Simple game plan but effective when they hold the ball. Widdop looks better taking the ball to the line than he has for years.

      They’ll be tough to beat.

    • Roar Guru

      Connor Bennett said | 8:23pm | ! Report

    • 8:21pm
      Paul said | 8:21pm | ! Report

      “McDonald surrendered in the tackle”, the players don’t decide when the tackle is made, the ref has to call held. If he doesn’t call before the player for in touch then it’s a scrum to the defending side. I’m with Blocker, the refs are a joke & the NRL have got their heads in the sand or maybe Sepp has got a new job after FIFA kicked him out.

    • Roar Guru

      Connor Bennett said | 8:21pm | ! Report


      The Dragons hold on in a tense final minutes to sneak past the defending champions by 16 points to 10.

      The Sharks title defence takes another early blow, making it two losses from three games while the Dragons snag their second win from three.

      A 14-0 halftime lead looked to really secure a result for St George, but the Sharks came firing out fo the gates in the second stanza, scoring two tries back to back in quick susccession to get right back in the contest.

      Sloppy penalties and mistakes from Cronulla late in the contest cost them game in the end.

      Sharks – 10
      Dragons – 16

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