THE St George Illawarra Dragons Intrust Super Premiership team, featuring Gerringong’s Reuben Garrick and Jackson Ford, Shellharbour’s Jai Field and Albion Park-Oak Flats’ Adam Clune, have finished the regular season in second position after a commanding 26-12 victory over the Mounties in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday afternoon.
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The visitors were bolstered by the inclusion of Jai Field at the eleventh hour, who once again showed his worth posing a threat with every touch, playing a hand in three of the four red and whites tries.
It was the Mounties who opened the scoring within the first ten minutes when rake Daniel Roberts sliced through defenders from close range to crash over the white stripe.
The Dragon’s didn’t take long to return serve, when they provided some razzle-dazzle, exchanging through multiple sets of hands before an eventual cross-field kick from fullback
Pat Herbert found centre Zac Lomax who flicked it to flanker John Tohi who finished it nicely, diving over in the corner.
Moments later, Dragons’ winger Steve Marsters finished off a nice back-line movement on the opposite side of the field to grab a 10-6 lead.
Mounties rounded out the first-half scoring, with a strong individual effort from interchange forward Corey Horsburgh, who barged his way over the line, with the conversion by Moceidreke giving the side a slim 12-10 lead.
The red v came out firing in scoring two tires minutes after the resumption through Patrick Herbert and centre Zac Lomax, notching up a handy eight point lead, heading into the final quarter.
The visitors controlled the second half with distinction, with captain and halfback Darren Nicholls leading the way with his strong kicking game, booting an important forty-twenty when the game was in the balance, soon resulting in the match-sealing try to Marsters, running out 26-12 victors.
The Dragons will now turn their attention to their first finals match against the Newtown Jets at Penrith next weekend.
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