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Dragons downed by Eels in shortened trial

St George Illawarra have suffered their second-straight pre-season trial defeat following their 28-6 loss to the Parramatta Eels.

Much like last week, the Red V started the game positively but lost control in the second half of the game on Thursday night.

The trial would be called off with 12 minutes remaining as a result of the Dragons only having 12 players available by that point of the game.

There were positives though as the Dragons welcomed the return of Jack Bird and experienced hooker Andrew McCullough debuted.

It would be Bird who would create the first scoring opportunity of the game after forcing an Eels knock-on before passing the ball on to Matthew Feagai.

Feagai's 65-metre dash would eventually lead to twin brother Max scoring on the next play in the opposite corner come the 20th minute.

It didn't take long for the Eels to crawl back as their left edge attack had the better of the Dragons defence, with Tom Opacic crossing the line from a sharp ball from Will Smith in the 30th minute

A knock on by Matthew Feagai led to a Will Smith try for Parramatta soon after, as the Eels headed into the break up by four points.

The Dragons started the second half poorly, conceding two tries from two scrums in the opening five minutes of the second half courtesy of Will Penisini and Oregon Kaufusi.

Solomone Naiduki's try in the 66th minute would prove the final scoring play of the game, with the game called off soon after

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St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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