Dragons smash Raiders, and 14-year hoodoo

DAVID BARBELER
Last updated 19:34 16/08/2014
TRY TIME: Josh Dugan dives over to score for the St George Dragons in their comfortable win over the Canberra Raiders.
Getty Images
TRY TIME: Josh Dugan dives over to score for the St George Dragons in their comfortable win over the Canberra Raiders.

Relevant offers

League

New Zealand Warriors' coach Andrew McFadden sees positives in loss to Sharks New Zealand Warriors pipped by Cronulla Sharks as season starts to slip away Sonny Bill Williams, Kiwis named in Canterbury Bulldogs team of last decade Manly Sea Eagles shock NRL-leading Brisbane Broncos Comeback Cowboys, North Queensland overcome Canberra Raiders Penrith coach Ivan Cleary says Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will be back in NRL Fox Memorial rugby league: 'The best show on grass' Kiwis international Sam Moa dislocates wrist in Roosters' win over Bulldogs Coliseum Sports Media continuing to push the sports TV boundaries Former Kiwis international Sam Kasiano flattened by massive Kane Evans hit

A hat-trick to St George Illawarra stand-in captain Josh Morris helped smash a 14-season hoodoo in the nation's capital with a 34-16 NRL victory over Canberra tonight.

Ex-Raiders bad boy Josh Dugan also haunted his former club in  the win, picking up a try and 117 metres in his first game back at  Canberra Stadium since being shown the door for a string of  off-field indiscretions last year.

It was the Dragons' first win at Canberra Stadium in 14 seasons,  and just their third against the Green Machine in their past 20 outings.

More importantly it also keeps the Dragons' finals hopes alive,  snapping a two-game losing streak to leave themselves just one win  outside the top eight.

Despite the blown out scoreline, the visitors had to do it  tough, and were dealt a big blow before kick-off when captain Ben  Creagh was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

And the Raiders weren't short of spark, with fullback Jordan  Rapana impressing in his first home game with 147 metres and a try.

The Raiders also started strongly, opening the scoring after  just two minutes when Josh Papalii barnstormed his way over from a  set play.

But the Dragons hit back immediately through winger Morris, who  burrowed his way over from dummy-half in the corner to trail 6-4, before crossing again from an overlap midway through the first half.

The Raiders earned a 12-10 lead into the break when livewire five-eighth Anthony Milford found open space and put Rapana over  for his first try for the Raiders.

They then extended that lead after the break when Raiders centre  Jarrod Croker picked up his 17th try of the season.

But the Dragons weren't done, and it was an ex-Raiders player  who showed them the way.

After receiving a frosty reception, Dugan powered his over in  the 50th minute to narrow the gap to two points.

Dragons centre Peter Mata'utia then crossed to steal a two-point  lead, before Jason Nightingale jagged a pinpoint cross-field kick  from Benji Marshall to go up 24-16 with 17 minutes to go.

Morris then picked up his third, and Nightingale his second,  with the duo scoring spectacular acrobatic tries in the corner  within minutes of each other to put the icing on the cake.

Meanwhile, Raiders interchange Mitch Cornish was put on report  for a crusher tackle on Morris in the second half.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content