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    Dragons vs Roosters

    NRL, 25 April, 2018

    Allianz Stadium
    Fulltime - Dragons 24, Roosters 8
    Dragons   Roosters
    24 FINAL SCORE 8
    4 TRIES 1
    Referee: Ashley Klein
    Touch judges: Nick Beashel & Michael Wise
    Video Referee: Jared Maxwell

    Match result:

    St George Illawarra are refusing to acknowledge themselves as NRL title contenders even after their 24-8 Anzac Day dismantling of the Sydney Roosters.

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    Final score
    St George Illawarra Dragons 24
    Sydney Roosters 8

    Match preview:

    The traditional Anzac day game sees the St George Illawarra Dragons meet the Sydney Roosters Join The Roar from 4:10pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage.

    The Dragons’ unbeaten record came to an end last weekend, going down to the Warriors 20-12. The Kiwis did it without key players Shaun Johnson and Tohu Harris, exploiting the Red V around their edges and dominating in forward play.

    Paul McGregor needs his pack to step up against a considerably weaker Roosters side as they look to remain at the top of the table.

    Ben Hunt and Jack De Belin led the way last week and will be required to deliver similar performances in what is usually a close contest.

    McGregor has made one change, with Jacob Host promoted to the bench in place of Hame Sele.

    Last time out, the Roosters got up 6-0 over the Bulldogs, although they were dominated by Canterbury in the middle of the park.

    Trent Robinson’s forwards have been a weakness throughout 2018 and while the return of Sio Siua Taukeiaho off the bench will help, they still require a stronger platform from their men in the middle.

    The Anzac Day Cup has been an annual fixture since 2002, with the Dragons winning ten fixtures to the Roosters’ five, with the last three all decided by two points or less.

    Overall, 37 games have been played since St George merged with Illawarra in 1999, seeing the joint venture rack up 19 wins to the Tricolours’ 17, with one match drawn.

    Last time these two rivals met was in the corresponding fixture last year, the Roosters winning 13-12 after a Mitchell Pearce field goal in golden point.

    St George Illawarra will bounce back from their loss to the Warriors with a tight win.

    Dragons by 2.

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    • 7:11pm
      DP Schaefer said | 7:11pm | ! Report

      Macdonald’s try was a bad call in my books, but not the worst call I’ve seen from the bunker over the years. It does, however, reinforce my constant belief that the tech and the bunker really hasn’t reduced the ‘howlers’ it was supposed to stop. Even with all the tech and cameras and everything there are still constant huge bad calls. Ditch it, save the time and go back to ref’s calling the game.

      • 6:55am
        Matt said | 6:55am | ! Report

        Take 5 minutes out of everyone’s lives to make a call that has all of Australia wondering if the Bunker took 13+, then they all need to be sacked. Not for a game or two, not for a week or two, but permanently.

    • Roar Rookie

      Flat White said | 6:14pm | ! Report

      How the hell does JWH not get pinged for lifting the elbow? He does it every time. Every. Single. Run.

    • Roar Rookie

      steveng said | 6:14pm | ! Report

      Klein, Badger and the touchy didn’t see any of the grounding for that try! How can they call it TRY??? The rules must be changed, that a ref can call a bunker call to make the decision, whiteout them calling anything! In this case, none of them saw the grounding! This Macdonald try was an imaginary try, That is not how rugby league is played and this decision has to be worst and the most shameful decision that has ever been adjudicated in our game!

      • 6:57pm
        DP Schaefer said | 6:57pm | ! Report

        Steveng, can you show – without doubt – that he had no contact on the ball? I actually didn’t think it was a try but I couldn’t say – conclusively – that he didn’t have a finger on the ball as it touched down.
        Actually the bunker decision to deny Nene a try 2 weeks ago unsighted, – after the ref ruled a try – was a worse decision. So karma rules and things usually even out (naturally) in the long run. He got 2 suspect calls against him one week and a suspect one for him this week.

        • Roar Guru

          Emcie said | 7:02pm | ! Report

          He lost possesion and didn’t regain possesion before it hit the ground, his fist was ruled to have grounded the ball after that fact

        • 8:02pm
          Kenw said | 8:02pm | ! Report

          Definitely a knock on in my book, I hate all this fingernail/little finger still touching nonsense. I think describing it as ‘the worst and most shameful decision that has ever been adjudicated’ might be just a little hyperbolic though 🙂

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            The Barry said | 8:17pm | ! Report

            Definitely Ken.

            If we had the bunker adjudicating on whether a player had control or not we’d get some unhappy fans with the decision. But when we get into this “left pinky touched the ball simultaneously” nonsense, 80% of fans are frustrated.

            I really think the quest for black and white rules is what’s hamstringing the refs.

          • Roar Guru

            The Barry said | 9:09pm | ! Report

            PS – very good win

        • 10:43pm
          Albo said | 10:43pm | ! Report

          Well spotted DP ! Macdonald has had a real mixed bag of calls this year. Some horrific, and then today’s fortunate favourable call. In today’s officiating decision making, I would simply call that “swings and roundabouts”, and hopefully all teams get their fair share throughout the year. If not, you might get the rub next year.

        • Roar Rookie

          steveng said | 10:21am | ! Report

          Mate, Macdonald dead set lost the ball while attempting to ground it from his right hand (which is a knock on to me and anybody) but, what the bunker called was that’ ‘he instantaneously grounded the ball with his left hand’ that didn’t happen, he knocked it on! Once you drop the ball in one hand ‘that is a knock on to me! What is this ‘instantaneous’ rubbish? That is just a very bad excuse to justify and give a reason for this nonsensical try! As Robbo said, that was a crucial part of the game and the Roosters were on a roll, I agree, as Klein and Badger ruined that game, as this game could have turned into one of the best games of the year! But, that is usual with the refs of today and that is why we are all whinging about them!

    • Roar Guru

      Riley Pettigrew said | 6:12pm | ! Report

      That concludes The Roar’s coverage of St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters.

      There is plenty more sporting action on The Roar this weekend with the NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, A-League Finals and NBA Playoffs.

      David Holden will have live coverage of Melbourne Storm vs Warriors from 7pm (AEST).

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      Thanks for following along.

    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 6:12pm | ! Report

      Dragons too good. They are the real deal this year. There will be no falling away. Hunt and Widdop surely are the best halves pairing in the NRL at the moment. They have just clicked from game one and combine and control the game brilliantly. Add to that one of the toughest and fittest forward packs in the competition and I really think they are premiership contenders. For the Roosters there was little to like. The spine still look like they’re playing for different teams and the forwards lack go forward apart from Taukeiao’s stint. Individually they look ok, Cronk was solid, Keary dangerous and Tedesco tried along with the power game from Lattrell but teamwork is non-existent. I think that goes back to the coach.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 6:10pm | ! Report

      Roosters had 54 per cent possession. #lolatchooks

      • Roar Guru

        Riley Pettigrew said | 6:14pm | ! Report

        The Roosters really need to get their attack sorted. Their spine just isn’t working for them, Keary and Cronk’s passing game has been off. Tedesco and Friend also very disappointing. They were lucky to get the win against the god-awful Bulldogs last week, neither team can find anything on offense.

        • 6:16pm
          JVGO said | 6:16pm | ! Report

          Friend is terrible at dummy half. It starts there.

          • Roar Guru

            Emcie said | 6:17pm | ! Report

            Not sure what they can really do about that though

            • Roar Guru

              Riley Pettigrew said | 6:24pm | ! Report

              They have Baptiste and Radley, it would be a bold call to drop their skipper but could be a start.

              • Roar Guru

                Emcie said | 6:25pm | ! Report

                not too many teams have the balls to do that

              • 6:40pm
                JN said | 6:40pm | ! Report

                i agree. Baptiste has a good running game. Drop Jake Friend. His only use has been for tackles. Dragons though, deserved the win, and the Roosters need to change their attacking gameplan, for instance going through the middle instead of doing that stupid sweep from one side to the other. The dragons kept coming outof the line due to the fact that that sweep is predictable. Cooper Cronk looks to be a dud so far. Should have kept Pearce

      • Roar Guru

        Emcie said | 6:16pm | ! Report

        Enjoy the win Scott. I might not like the way your boys went about it but the Roosters were never given a look in

      • Roar Rookie

        steveng said | 6:28pm | ! Report

        That might be true but, the Dragons should have had a sin bin against them in the first half, when Keary was tripped, Klein’s ref calls (as usual) favours one team and not another ‘dismally’. With 10 to go and 18-8 the Roosters could have come back, bar the shameful decision of that try! I wouldn’t be that cocky if I were you Scott as the Dragons are not as good as everyone makes them out to be! The Warriors smashed them, the Storm will do the same, next week and then wait till round 10, when they play the Rabbits, we have some unfinished business to settle with the Dragons, they were lucky to win last time (16-12) and Sammy and GI will settle some scores there lol

        • 11:21pm
          LachyP said | 11:21pm | ! Report

          Lucky to win against the rabbits? The dragons dominated that game and were unlucky to not have had a couple more tries before fading on the back of a 5 day turnaround compared to your 7. Dragons will sweep the rabbits no problem. Next week against the storm should be a cracker though.

        • 5:31am
          Adam Bagnall said | 5:31am | ! Report

          Smashed by the warriors 20-12 lmao. Not as good as everyone says…7-1 record. Lucky to win against Rabbitohs, you have no idea

          • 6:43am
            LachyP said | 6:43am | ! Report

            They’ve had one off game against the warriors (which with 5 to go they could still win) and a poor 20 minutes against South’s in 2 months of footy? It sounds like you’re the one that isn’t with reality. What other team has a form line like that?

          • Roar Rookie

            steveng said | 10:08am | ! Report

            They won’t smashed by the Warriors! The Warriors got a few favourable calls from Badger in the second half and Souths fought right to the end and could have won! Plus, Badger was the ref and guess who was one of the adjudicators yesterday, Badger! I won’t mention Klein as he is a shocker! The nonsense that ‘Euan Aitken’ is better than GI because he scored a try as he stepped GI once etc etc the Dragons to me, don’t look like the invincible be all side that everyone makes them out to be and as Mary said, this is the test period, we were in the same situation last year and failed dismally after! Souths on the other hand, look like a side that is improving every week (irrespective of Sam B) who btw, didn’t play against the Dragons in round 5 and will play in round 10. Lets just see but, don’t tell me that ‘I told you so’ when Souths smash the Dragons in round 10! There are variables though and but, Klein, Badger could be the ‘achilles heal’ for Souths if they adjudicate, as they are both shockers. Go the Bunnies!!!

            • 3:30pm
              LachyP said | 3:30pm | ! Report

              Blame the ref’s is the weakest argument in sport. If you ever opened your other eye you’d see that the Dragon’s were a much better team than South’s in round 5 in what was a high quality contest. I do think South’s are playing the best football they’ve played in 2 years but they aren’t at the level of the Dragon’s so far this season and while they have room for improvement with their current squad I don’t think they have the balance of quality across the park as the Dragon’s do. As for GI, he is no longer the player he once was but still has the potential to do great things with his power and skill, what Aitken showed up was a poor defensive read and an overestimation of his own lateral quickness which is a lot worse than when he was at his peak.

        • 8:10am
          godragonsgo said | 8:10am | ! Report

          I think there were a couple of bad calls last time the Dragons met the “Pride of the League – When was the last time they got 40,k to a home game) that went in favour of Souths. Forgotten about that steveng.

    • 6:09pm
      JVGO said | 6:09pm | ! Report

      Amazing how differently the game is adjudicated on Anzac Day…..and how differently for St George and everyone else.

    • 6:07pm
      Clint said | 6:07pm | ! Report

      Suprised with no try call there. Thought they could have argued that Dufty had possibly used jedi force to apply downward pressure

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