Young Dragons Outclass Bulldogs
The St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team were 50-10 victors over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday.
The Young Dragons scored nine tries in the win with winger Sitiveni Moceidreke tallying two tries and seven goals.
Co-Head Coaches Ben Hornby and Dean Young made only the one change to the line-up announced midweek with centre Dee Jay Harris replacing Euan Aitken.
The hosts were on the attacking front from the get go and struck an early blow to the visitors through the quick feet of winger Sitiveni Moceidreke five minutes in.
The Dragons continued their early momentum eight minutes later through centre Brent Anderson to extend their points advantage out to eight.
Moceidreke was successful from the tee to make it 10-nil.
However, Bulldogs hooker Robbie Kamoto took advantage of a defensive lapse in the host’s forward pack three minutes to get his name on the scoresheet.
Bulldogs five-eighth Brad Keighran converted to make it 10-6.
The Dragons continued searching for further points and did so courtesy of centre Brent Anderson in the 24th minute.
Moceidreke converted to make it 16-6.
The visitors notched their second try of the encounter five minutes from the interval through winger Dujuan Liolevave to make it 16-10.
Not to be outdone, Moceidreke crossed for his second of the encounter on the cusp of the half-time whistle to extend his home side’s lead.
Moceidreke converted to make it 22-10.
The Dragons were quickest off the mark when second-half play commenced, finding the stripe twice in nine minutes.
Dragons winger Dee Jay Harris was the first on the scoresheet after outpacing his marker on the right flank in the 44th minute.
This was followed up by hooker Logan Harris doing likewise five minutes later.
Moceidreke converted to make it 32-10.
The hosts continued their on-field run of form with prop Jack Kavanagh barging his over the stripe in the 54th minute.
Moceidreke converted to make it 38-10.
Dragons interchange hooker Hayden McCrae later made the most of his on field minutes with some fine ball weaving before managing a four-pointer of his own on the hour mark.
Moceidreke converted to make it 44-10.
The Dragons rounded out the scoring through halfback Sam Clune fifteen minutes from time after seizing on a rare fumbled ball by the visitors to score.
Moceidreke converted to make it 50-10.
St George Illawarra Dragons 50 defeated the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10.
St George Illawarra Dragons 50. Tries: Moceidreke (2), Anderson, Thompson, D Harris, L Harris, Kavanagh, McCrae, Clune. Goals: Moceidreke (7/9).
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10. Tries: Kamoto, Liolevave. Goals: Keighran (1/2).