The St George Illawarra Dragons come up against the Wests Tigers on Father's Day clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Before the match unfolds, take a look at some of our favourite encounters against the Tigers.
St George Illawarra Dragons 13 defeated Wests Tigers 12
Preliminary final. September 25, 2010.
The Dragons booked their place in the 2010 decider with this nail-biting victory witnessed by over 71,000 fans.
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Early attack from the Tigers put them on the front foot, scoring the opening try via Lote Tuqiri. Dragons forward Jeremy Smith was able to wrestle his way into the in-goal late in the half to level the scores. But a try to the Tigers just before the break left the Dragons chasing a 12-6 deficit in the second half.
The Dragons went up a gear in the final period and showed the determination that would eventually win the competition. It took just nine minutes for the Dragons to hit back in the second half through Dean Young, following a length of the field Mark Gasnier break.
The match fell into a hard-fought and gritty defensive display before a Jamie Soward field goal seven minutes from full-time proved the decisive blow.
St George Illawarra Dragons 50 defeated Wests Tigers 0
Round 15. June 20, 2004.
Oki Jubilee Stadium
When you look up thrashing in the dictionary, there’s a photo of this match underneath. The nine-try rampage delighted the 17,000 Red V fans packed into Oki Jubilee Stadium as they watched Mark Gasnier produce one of the finest displays of his career.
The Dragons never looked like losing, scoring early in the match and building a 22-0 lead at the break. But it was the heroics of Mark Gasnier crossing for four tries which set the Dragons apart.
In the joint-venture's biggest ever victory over the Wests Tigers, Gasnier was unstoppable down the flank with Matt Cooper, Ben Creagh, Mark Riddell, Ashton Sims, and Dean Young also joining the try-scorers list.
But equally as pleasing, the Dragons' defensive line never faltered to keep the Tigers to nil.
St George Illawarra Dragons 20 defeated Wests Tigers 10
Round 23. August 18th, 2018
The Dragons forward pack found their groove off the back of a star performance from Luciano Leilua, to silence the black and orange home crowd and secure their finals ticket.
Both sides were locked in an arm wrestle at the end of 40 minutes, with a lone Jordan Pereira try the only points on the board. Despite the Tigers finding their first points early in the second half, the Dragons started to streak away with the match.
Kurt Mann had a career-best game for the Red V, stepping up when Ben Hunt was sin-binned midway through the second half. Leilua's 63rd minute try gave the Dragons some breathing space before Tyson Frizell crashed over to put the final nail in the coffin.