New Zealand Warriors vs St George Illawarra Dragons: NRL live scores, blog, highlights

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    Warriors vs Dragons

    NRL, 20 April, 2018

    Mt Smart Stadium
    Fulltime - Warriors 20, Dragons 12
    Warriors   Dragons
    20 FINAL SCORE 12
    4 TRIES 2
    Referee: Ben Cummins
    Touch judges: Kasey Badger & Jeff Younis
    Video Referee: Jared Maxwell

    Will the New Zealand Warriors prove last week’s loss was a mere speedbump? Or will the St George-Illawarra Dragons march towards their seventh-straight victory? Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting at 6:00pm (AEST).

    New Zealand’s 27-18 loss to Brisbane last week was no real surprise given the unpredictable nature of this year’s competition. However, this week’s clash with the undefeated Dragons shapes as far more important as they need to ensure they respond quickly.

    Otherwise, a form slump may loom given that in the weeks coming they face the Storm, Tigers and Roosters.

    A victory over Paul McGregor’s outfit would certainly verify the Warriors as genuine premiership contenders this season. However, they will have to do it without injured forward Leivaha Pulu (foot) who is replaced by Simon Mannering in the starting line-up. Powerful centre Solomone Kata is also in doubt.

    Meanwhile, the Dragons are no such injury concerns and now are the only undefeated team in the competition after last week’s 40-20 win over Cronulla. St George Illawarra’s attack was electric, with the Red V running in six tries and busting the line on eight occasions.

    Coach McGregor will want an improved effort in defence, however, after his side conceded four relatively soft tries to the Sharks. Fullback Matt Dufty was the Dragons’ best last week with 144 running metres, two tries, three line-breaks and three tackle busts.

    Prediction: The Red V should prove too strong on the back of their superior forward pack. Dragons by 8.

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    • Roar Rookie

      Phantom said | 7:02pm | ! Report

      Great prediction.

    • Roar Guru

      Emcie said | 7:55pm | ! Report

      so now the dragons have equalled their start from last year

    • Roar Guru

      Renegade said | 7:53pm | ! Report

      62% possession to the dragons
      13-5 penalty count against NZ
      Warriors played with 12 for ten mins

      No Johnson
      No Kata
      Lost Tohu Harris early

      … and Warriors win!!

      Amazing effort by the kiwi club…. also could be a sign that the dragons are ready for their annual downward spiral??

    • Roar Guru

      Andrew Jackson said | 7:53pm | ! Report

      Isaac Luke stars as the Warriors defend their way to a massive win without Shaun Johnson, Tohu Harris and Solomone Kata. What did you make of the game Roarers? Join me NOW for a live blog of the Broncos vs Storm game!

      • Roar Pro

        Jason Andrews said | 8:17pm | ! Report

        sounds like it was a great game, disappointed that I missed it. So are the Warriors on top now?? how is there for and against??

        • Roar Guru

          Emcie said | 8:16am | ! Report

          Dragons are still about 50 points ahead of the Warriors

          • Roar Guru

            Andrew Jackson said | 11:51am | ! Report

            Dragons should stay on top unless Penrith flog the Sharks by 46+ points on Sunday.

    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 7:53pm | ! Report

      This has been an outstanding game of footy by two of the top sides. Warriors deserved winners here. They have been outstanding considering no Johnson, Kata and losing Harris early. Isaac Luke has been the standout and their back three have not been far behind but its been a team effort across the park. Great defensive effort by the Warriors and took their scoring chances.

      • 7:56pm
        Stu said | 7:56pm | ! Report

        A great game to watch.

        • 8:14pm
          Aucklandlaurie said | 8:14pm | ! Report

          Then again pros and cons, yes the Warriors kept the game away from the Saint George, ans sainr George did not look like they could break Warriors D until they were down to 12 men, on the other hand I would not have felt comfortable taking away the Saint George intercept try, How in gods name can you run 20 metres downfield and say you havent had advantage???

          • Roar Guru

            Andrew Jackson said | 11:54am | ! Report

            Many agree with you there Aucklandlaurie and it is certainly a very interesting and probably true argument to put forward. However, in the end, the Dragons had that many sets on the NZ line to make up for it and couldn’t so Warriors deserved winners for mine with Dragons fans perhaps just a bit dejected by that decision.

          • 4:15pm
            Gazzatron said | 4:15pm | ! Report

            They played the advantage so they checked the try and he knocked it on. If McDonald had been tackled before the tryline it would have been play on.

    • 7:52pm
      SteveSyd said | 7:52pm | ! Report

      The score flattered the overrated Dragons.
      With the lopsided penalties, 4 players out for the Warriors, 10 in the sin bin, no excuses.
      Be belin and Mcinnes mentioned for origin is comical.

    • Roar Guru

      Andrew Jackson said | 7:52pm | ! Report

      79′ – Saints get it off the kick-off but drop the ball later in the set.

      WARRIORS – 20
      DRAGONS – 12

    • Roar Guru

      Andrew Jackson said | 7:51pm | ! Report


      WARRIORS – 20
      DRAGONS – 12

    • Roar Guru

      Andrew Jackson said | 7:50pm | ! Report

      78′ – WARRIORS TRY Isaiah Papalii

      RTS flies above to take the bomb and flick it to Blair wand the exchange of passes sees Papalii go over! Game over!

      WARRIORS – 20
      DRAGONS – 12

    • Roar Pro

      Jacob Cocciolone said | 7:50pm | ! Report

      To do this without Johnson, Kata and Tohu Harris, is scary. A lopsided possession and penalty count, the Warriors have certainly been the better side. The Warriors are no fluke in 2018 and with next to no origin players missing in the coming months, they are becoming a scary proposition.

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