St George Illawarra Dragon winger Jason Nightingale admits his hat-trick was something special in the 27-24 win over the North Queensland Cowboys at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Saturday.

After an emotional ceremony commemorating the passing of St George Immortal Reg Gasnier, the Red-and-Whites celebrated with two valuable competition points highlighted by Nightingale’s try haul.

The Renown United junior admits his efforts and overall occasion struck a personal chord, with himself and Gasnier hailing from the same junior club.

“Being a Renown junior and seeing all the Renown people there it was great to see the club being so heavily supported,” said Nightingale.

“Watching the footage of Reg in action before the game was spectacular.

“I heard a lot about him growing up and it is fair to say he was probably the best centre of all time.”

Dragons halfback Benji Marshall was additionally awed by the spectacle on the day as well as the passion shown by Red V Members and supporters.

“Before I came here I did not know much about the history of the club, but I have been well informed,” said Marshall.

“It’s how proud everyone is to be a part of this club which is what amazes me.

“This is not just with the fans, but the players and the staff as well.

“It’s about passion and supporting the team you love.

“This club sums that up.”