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Dragons experience paves way for Grand Final win

NSW Cup

St George Illawarra Dragons have claimed their fourth consecutive NSW Cup title in NSW Wheelchair Rugby League after a convincing 34-14 victory over the Canberra Raiders at Menai Indoor Sports Centre.

Both teams suffered early handling errors and a nervous start before the Dragons scored first and backed that up shortly afterwards with a second try to Wheelaroo Cory Cannane.

The remainder of the first half featured some heavy collisions and determined defence as both teams fought hard to gain a competitive advantage.

There was plenty of entertaining footy as they both moved the ball well and displayed outstanding skills and agility in attack and great teamwork and desperation in defence.

The Dragons extended their lead in the second half as Brett Henman, Eddie Morgan and Rick Engles began to make their mark on the game.

Whilst Canberra tried earnestly to stay in the contest the Dragons experience proved too much for the younger Raiders team who played with great spirit under the leadership of Wheelaroo Brad Grove until the final whistle.

Dragons’ Eddie Morgan was awarded the Player of the Match following a flawless performance.

 

NSW Plate

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles continued their impressive regular season form to claim the 2021 NSW Wheelchair Rugby League Plate silverware with a close 18-14 win over the Newcastle Knights.

The Sea Eagles started strongly with early tries to speedsters Joey Abboud and Isaac Jago although Newcastle remained in the contest with a try not long before half time to Daniel Friedrich.

Despite a spirited second half fightback from the young Knights team, who scored 2 second half tries via the Friedrich brothers, the Sea Eagles were able to hold on to their lead and claim the title after a nail biting finish.

The 'Spirit of the Game' trophy was presented to Daniel Friedrich for his outstanding effort, discipline, teamwork and positivity.