Manly comfortable winners over St George

IAN MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 23:45 01/06/2012
Michael Oldfield
Getty Images
TRIPLE TREAT: Michael Oldfield goes over for one of his three tries.

Relevant offers

League

Shaun Johnson wins Golden Boot as league's best player Wellington unlikely to get new NRL club, says New Zealand Warriors chief Jim Doyle Warriors return to Wellington to face Dragons in 2015 Panthers coach Ivan Cleary fears the worst from Auckland Nines Queensland look to bring in more new blood for State of Origin Steve 'Beaver' Menzies backs Big Willie Mason to lead Manly Melbourne Storm to experiment without captain Cameron Smith Former NRL halfback guilty of manslaughter Jarryd Hayne visits NFL team Detroit Lions: reports Melbourne Storm look to big home games in 2015 season

A hat-trick of tries from young winger Michael Oldfield has sealed a 20-8 NRL win for Manly over St George Illawarra in an entertaining clash at Brookvale Oval.

The win ended a run of four successive defeats at the hands of the Dragons for the premiers, who were in full control for most of the game, but allowed the joint venture to close the gap to two points in the second half before icing the result in the last five minutes.

The Dragons took the lead after seven minutes when Jamie Soward opted to take two points by converting a penalty in front of the posts.

That early setback boosted the home side, who stepped up their attack with three successive sets before Oldfield went over in the 18th minute.

The hosts failed to add to the tally in the first half despite dominating possession and went to halftime with a narrow 6-2 advantage.

However, they punished the Dragons immediately after the restart when Ben Creagh was penalised for not releasing Matt Ballin in the tackle.

A wonderful break from Glenn Stewart fooled the visitors, and his pass to Jamie Lyon was fed to Oldfield who had the simple task of diving over the line.

The Dragons' attack had been too predictable to cause the Sea Eagles any real problems, but they had immediate success when they opted to run the ball up the middle.

Brett Morris embarked on a 60-metre run and two tackles later, winger Daniel Vidot powered over to score, with Soward adding the extras to cut the hosts' lead to 10-8.

The Dragons then enjoyed a stiff spell of pressure but could not find their way over for a second try.

Oldfield made it tough for the Dragons when he crossed with five minutes to go after a classy angled run from Brett Stewart, and Darcy Lussick added some gloss to the scoreline with a four-pointer just before the siren.

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