A last-gasp try to Steven Marsters in the 78th minute has helped the St George Illawarra Dragons secure a thrilling 28-all draw against Mounties at Aubrey Keech Reserve on Friday.
The Mounties lead for a majority of the contest as the
Mounties dominated the early exchanges and created plenty of chances before they found a gap and scored to take a 6-0 lead.
Dragons prop Eddie Blacker was injected into the match off the bench and had an immediate impact after crossing for a try to level the scores. The Dragons scored two more tries in quick succession to find themselves with a healthy 18-6 lead.
Mounties young gun Hudson Young kept the home team in the hut after scoring two tries in the space of four minutes to close the gap to 18-16 just before half time.
“It feels pretty good, coming back and scoring a few tries,” Young told nswrl.com.au after the game.
“A little bit disappointing, we were on top for most of the game, lost out way a bit in the first half but we got it together and came out and put on a good second half.”
“I think we can take a lot out of that moving forward.”
Mounties halfback Brendan O’Hagan put the home team ahead following a fumble from Andre Niko while Tony Satini extended the lead to 28-18 after on the back of a nice offload.
Sailor and Marsters then scored with Jai Field missing the final shot at goal to leave the scores all locked up at full time.
Mounties 28 (H Young 2, R Hunt, B O’Hagan, T Satini tries; A Niko 4 goals) drew with St George Illawarra Dragons 28 (R Robson, E Blacker, J Pearson, T Sailor, S Marsters tries; D Nichols 3, J Field 1 goal(s))
y soared to a 28-18 lead at the break after a quick-fire double from Hudson Young late in the first-half.
But a try from Dragons fullback Tristan Sailor in the 68th minute set up an enthralling finish with Marsters effort in the dying stages enough to share the competition points.