Ahead of the Dragons' match up against the Melbourne Storm, relive some the two clubs' classic matches.
St George Illawarra Dragons 34 defeated Melbourne Storm 14
Round 9. Sunday, May 6, 2018
Jubilee Oval, Kogarah
The Dragons blew the Storm off the park in this 20-point thrashing, in a game propelled by Gareth Widdop's perfect goal kicking record.
Along with converting the four tries scored, Widdop nailed a further five penalty goals to it nine two-pointers from nine attempts, much to the delight of the Kogarah faithful.
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The first half saw an energetic opening from the Dragons. They went up 10-0 in the 15th minute courtesy of two penalty goals and a strong Euan Aitken try off a nicely delayed Ben Hunt short ball.
The final period saw Aitken bag his second, before two late tries to Josh Addo-Carr reduced the deficit, though the result was never in doubt.
The match also saw the debut of hooker Reece Robson while Jeremy Latimore found himself the talk of punters around the country after making contact with Cameron Smith's crown jewels.
St George Illawarra Dragons 30 drew with Melbourne Storm 30
Round 14. Saturday, June 15, 2002
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
80 minutes wasn't enough to separate the two combatants in this unique match.
Both teams went toe-to-toe throughout the match, exchanging blows and never letting the other out of their reach. When the half-time siren sounded, it was the Storm who held a narrow 18-14 lead.
The Dragons out scored the Storm six tries to five, but goal kicking came into play with Mark Riddell (1/2) and Aaron Gorrell (2/4) failing to give the Dragons the edge.
Matt Orford starred for the Storm scoring two tries and converting 5/6 before the referee called time on the match with the scores locked. Golden point never existed back then so the sides would be forced to share the spoils.
Melbourne Storm 20 defeated St George Illawarra Dragons 18
Grand Final. Sunday, September 26, 1999
A classic grand final of the modern era, the Melbourne Storm produced a famous comeback filled with guts, persistence and knock-outs.
The Dragons had the edge over the Storm all year, trumping the newly minted side on both meetings during the 1999 season. The first half followed the script many expected with the Dragons claiming a 14-0 lead at half-time via tries to Nathan Blacklock and Craig Fitzgibbon.
In front of a monster 107,999 crowd, the Dragons scored first in the second half thanks to now coach Paul McGregor. However, a try to Ben Roarty in the 57th minute reduced the gap to four points and put the Storm on the attack.
With four minutes remaining, Brett Kimmorley put a cross-field kick up for Craig Smith who collected the ball – and the arm of Dragons winger Jamie Ainscough. Smith would be knocked out in the process of scoring as a result.
After much deliberation the referees deemed the incident to be a penalty try, levelling the scores at 18-all. Matt Geyer kicked the match-winning conversion from in front of the posts.