Young Dragons Extend Undefeated Streak
The St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team were 36-4 victors over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the SCG on Saturday.
The Young Dragons notched seven tries in the victory with doubles to both wingers Dee Jay Harris and Sitiveni Moceidreke.
Co-Head Coaches Ben Hornby and Dean Young made only the one change in personnel to the line-up announced midweek with winger Dee Jay Harris named in lieu of Rowkand Kotobalavu on the edge.
The flank joins hooker Thomas Freebairn and lock Jack Kavanagh who were both elevated from the interchange in a straight swap with Hayden McCrae and Hame Sele respectively.
The opening stanza saw both teams play structured football with neither letting the other breach their defence.
However, Dragons prop Wes Lolo’s efforts in the19th minute proved the exception to the rule with the forward managing to barge across the stripe for the opening four-pointer.
Dragons winger Sitiveni Moceidreke converted to make it 6-nil.
The home side took full advantage of their new-found momentum and managed to extend lead prior to the half-hour mark courtesy of winger Dee Jay Harris.
Some initial smart ball movement orchestrated by halfback Adam Clune out wide to the left fell into the hands of the flanker who made the most of the space available to make it 10-nil.
The visitors were the quickest off the mark when second-half play commenced with winger Sam Young getting his name on the score sheet six minutes in.
However, the hosts replied on the hourmark through Harris who notched his second try of the encounter before Clune slid over the stripe for four-points of his own.
Moceidreke was successful with his second attempt at goal to make it 20-4.
The winger managed to secure two tries of his own within the final ten minutes of play and converted on both occasions.
Dragons centre Brent Anderson was the beneficiary of fullback Matt Dufty on the stroke of fulltime to make it 36-4.
St George Illawarra Dragons 36 defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs 4
St George Illawarra Dragons: 36. Tries: Harris (2), Moceidreke (2), Lolo, Clune, Anderson. Goals: Moceidreke (4/7).
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 4. Tries: Young. Goals: Simone (0/1).