By Jack Books
The St George Dragons Junior Representative finished the season with losses when they faced the Canberra Raiders at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan on Saturday.
The Dragons Harold Matthews kicked things off and despite significant improvements from previous displays, bad passes and offloads and unnecessary penalties continued to plague them.
The Dragons though were able to finish their sets, taking them well into Raiders’ territory, as well as maintain a strong defence, limiting the Raiders to only two tries by the end of the first half.
The Harold Matthews came back in the second half and produced one of their best performances this season.
A early try from Andrew Romanovski put the Dragons on the score board at 10-4 and motivated the boys even more.
Several hard runs from Lachlan Navale led to a few close calls and several big hits in the defence kept the Raiders at bay, including an amazing try saving tackle over the corner post.
Unfortunately, a third try from the Raiders in the final minutes of the game put a Dragons victory out of reach.
The final bell ended the game with the Raiders scoring a 16-4 win.
The SG Ball team followed suit and also started off strong, putting pressure on the Raiders immediately after kick-off.
Unfortunately, nothing clicked with the Dragons.
The Raiders quickly started to stack the points on the board.
A try from David Naufahu kept the Dragons in the game for most of the first half at 18-6, but a last second try from the Raiders before half time quickly stacked the pressure on.
Things did not improve in the second half as the Raiders continued to stack tries on the board.
By the end of the game, the Dragons went down 56-6.
St George Dragons 4. Tries: Romanovski. Goals: Romanovski (0/1).
Canberra Raiders 16.
St George Dragons 6. Tries: Naufahu. Goals: Stojanovski (1/1).
Canberra Raiders 56.