An inspirational performance by veteran play-maker Nathan Fien assisted by a spectacular three try performance by Dragons winger Brett Morris ensured St George Illawarra over powered the Melbourne Storm 26-18 to keep their finals hopes alive.
It is the question being asked by Rugby League Supporters across the country as the St.George Illawarra Dragons once again returned from the Nation’s capital empty handed, despite leading with only minutes left on the clock.
Whilst for the traveling faithful the result was not the wanted outcome, it highlighted what was an eventful afternoon for the STGIDSA who had arranged our first road trip since becoming an official organisation.
Coming down from the frantic ending to their round 1 win, St George Illawarra and their army traveled to ANZ Stadium to face one of their largest rivalries, Canterbury Bankstown. Unfortunately the contest didn’t live up to the standard set last weekend.
The Dragons looked flat from the get go, setting the trend after early penalties for not playing the ball correctly and knock ons. Canterbury were swift to make St George pay with Josh Morris scoring the first of his hat-trick.
St George Illawarra opened their 2012 account, with a thrilling one point win away in the wet conditions at Newcastle against the Knights and former coach, Wayne Bennett.
A muggy afternoon cooled down slightly when the rain started tumbling but this didn’t dampen the spirits of the Dragon Army who assembled in the South Eastern corner of Hunter Stadium, bristling with excitement of another season.