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

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    Dragons vs Sharks

    NRL, 13 April, 2018

    WIN Stadium
    Fulltime - Dragons 40, Sharks 20
    Dragons   Sharks
    40 FINAL SCORE 20
    6 TRIES 4
    4 CONVERSION KICKS 2
    4 PENALTY GOALS 0
    0 FIELD GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Ashley Klein
    Touch judges: Brett Suttor & Rohan Best
    Video Referee: Jared Maxwell

    The St George Illawarra Dragons are out to make it six wins in a row when they take on the Cronulla Sharks at WIN Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7:50pm (AEST).

    Along with the New Zealand Warriors, the Dragons are the form team of the competition. While we saw something similar in the early stages of last season, the Red V may just be the real deal in 2018.

    Ben Hunt has proven an astute signing, giving Gareth Widdop the freedom to play what’s in front of him. Of course, the backline can’t perform unless the forwards are making metres and with Jack de Belin in career-best form and a pack boasting James Graham, Paul Vaughan and Tyson Frizzell, Paul McGregor’s big men are winning the battles in the middle.

    The Sharks, on the other hand, have had an indifferent start to the season, with gritty wins against Parramatta and the Storm more than counteracted by some disappointing losses. Their completion rate and the infringement issues of 2017 have carried through so far into this season.

    With injuries to Matt Moylan and Josh Dugan, Cronulla have been struggling to field their best 17, although should get close to that tonight, having named arguably playing their best backline so far this year. Whether the attack clicks or remains disjointed, due to the number of changes, will become clear as the game progresses.

    The two sides have already met once this season, with the Dragons overcoming a 14-point in the Shire to record a win in Round 2. The Sharks will be hungry for revenge, however their record at WIN Stadium is not good.

    Prediction
    After five straight wins, the Dragons may be due for an off week and their performance against the Rabbitohs last week probably adds some weight to that. However, it is a local derby and both sides will be ready to play.

    Dragons fans will have bragging rights this season with their team winning by 8.

    St George Illawarra by 8.

    The New South Wales State of Origin team for the 2018 series remains a mystery, with new coach Brad Fittler facing plenty of selection headaches. So we want you to tell us - and all your mates - who should start for Blues in Game 1 with our team picker.

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    • 9:19am
      andrew said | 9:19am | ! Report

      Good win by the Dragons, shame the Warriors lost. Wonder who will be the favourite when they clash in a few days time in NZ ?

    • Roar Rookie

      11:32am
      steveng said | 11:32am | ! Report

      This game was a forgone conclusion after Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifita and Wade Graham were injured. The Sharks were hanging in there in the first half and should have been leading. In the second half, the Sharks just fell apart. The problem that I have with the referees in 2018 and with their stamping out on certain aspects of the game are (as I’ve said before) we had Sam Burgess get 2 weeks for an elbow in a run up against the Dogs and Prior on report, for a dubious call for a high tackle but, you have a bloke like Tariq Sims who week in and week out does a allot of dubious things and especially goes after ‘the little blokes’ e.g. like mainly halfbacks who kick the ball. In last night’s game, he elbowed Townsend neck, which was worse than what Sam Burgess did and got 2 weeks for, then Sims takes out Townsend late again, similar to what he did to Reynolds the week before and he never gets penalised and/or put on report. Where is the justice? As consistency and fairness is not one of the referee’s strong points!

    • Roar Guru

      12:12am
      Scott Pryde said | 12:12am | ! Report

      The result might have helped, but that’s the most I’ve enjoyed myself at a live game for a long time. 18000 fans there, absolutely sensational atmosphere and both teams very willing. Thought the Sharkies were very brave in the face of injury, but their left-edge defence is woeful. Dragons defence a bit off on the edges as well, but the better team won. Matt Dufty is a freak.

      • 1:23am
        JVGO said | 1:23am | ! Report

        Wade had done a hammy on both those tries and went off soon after the second one, hence the holes. Only came back in the second half be cause Gal and Fifita were already gone. I wouldn’t get too excited about beating the Newtown Jets just yet.

        • 8:26am
          i miss the force said | 8:26am | ! Report

          so 3 players getting injured during a game equals the Newtown Jets ? bitter

    • 10:38pm
      Paul said | 10:38pm | ! Report

      Video ref can call a dubious knock on from Fifita but don’t even check if Nightingale is in touch. Shades of the VH try in origin, at least 20 cameras but only one viewed. ACCC are you watching?

      • 11:17pm
        JVGO said | 11:17pm | ! Report

        The inconsistency and hypocrisy is appalling. The Nightingale incident was as obvious as Fifita’s lost ball. Saints wrapped up the match on top of that call. They forensically analyse Holmes for a possible micro finger tip then miss a blatant in touch and an obvious forward pass. Friday the 13th for the Sharks. They need to find a forward pack somewhere for the rest of the season. The Jets will be in big trouble too. There will be no one left. Brailey is now our forward leader.

        • 8:27am
          i miss the force said | 8:27am | ! Report

          ref was your best player

          • 9:20am
            andrew said | 9:20am | ! Report

            Hard luck Mrs force, go cry in your latte.

    • 10:14pm
      Zedman said | 10:14pm | ! Report

      Great game, Dragons had to win that by a few after the Sharks injuries. Big test coming up with the Storm and the in form Warriors,Sims has given the pack a bit of mongrel and big Nene is in career best form.

    • Roar Guru

      10:09pm
      Nat said | 10:09pm | ! Report

      Very good game by the Saints. As mentioned in commentary, their tries came from prop to FB and looked dangerous across the park. Expensive game for Cronulla losing their big guns in the pack. Having one go down they may cover but 2, if not more, is going to test their depth for the next few weeks. Fifita rolled out is best game in ’18 and finished on crutches. Still a few penalties but 60pts scorred made it an entertaining spectacle.

    • 10:02pm
      Paul said | 10:02pm | ! Report

      Why even comment about a forward pass, there numerous thrown every game, the NRL don’r care about the rules or if players are convicted of offences, they just want a spectacle to justify the price the tv pays, without this & a bit of controversy the game would fall flat on its arse. Check the NRL dictionary, you won’t find “fair play” in it.

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