NYC Dragons secure thrilling comeback win
The NYC St George Illawarra Dragons have secured a thrilling 32-30 come from behind win against the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Down 30-6 late in the first half, the young Dragons scored five unanswered tries to win their fourth-straight match.
Two tries to Jason Gillard in the first half kept the Dragons in it by the skin of their teeth, but that was quickly backed up with a double by Dylan Morris soon after the break.
The Dragons came within four points when inspirational skipper Stuart Mason crashed over for his first try of the year in the 70th minute.
A huge effort from Dane Francis out wide in the last three minutes helped level the ledger, while an incredible clutch conversion from halfback Jackson Willis secured another Red V.
The Dragons weren't mucking around early as winger Jason Gillard scored within 44 seconds of the game commencing.
The Eels were able to hit back through front-rower Frank Salu in the sixth minute, while fellow tries to Haze Dunster, Reed Mahoney and Parramatta skipper Dean Matterson put the home side up 24-6 after half hour.
Even with Emosi Alamoti's try in the 34th minute – which put the home side up by 24 points – it still wasn't enough to prevent the Dragons from winning.
St George Illawarra Dragons 32 (Jason Gillard 2, Dylan Morris 2, Stuart Mason, Dane Francis tries; Jackson Willis 4 goals) defeated Parramatta Eels 30 (Frank Salu, Haze Dunster, Reed Mahoney, Dean Matterson, Emosi Alamoti tries; Joseph Taipari 5 goals) at ANZ Stadium. Half-time: Eels 30-12