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Dragons win World Club Challenge

St George Illawarra captured the World Club Challenge title for the first time with a 21-15 win over three-time champions Wigan at DW Stadium on Sunday night.

After being blown away in the opening four minutes, the NRL premiers showed their mettle to pull off the victory in front of 24,268 fans in cool, clear conditions.

By their high standards, it was a mistake-riddled performance by the Dragons and showed they were still in pre-season mode.

Winger Brett Morris was man of the match, the winger scoring two tries and causing havoc down the left side all evening as the Dragons prevailed without coach Wayne Bennett on the sidelines.

The hosts had a pre-match blow with workhorse Stuart Fielden sitting out the match alongside the suspended Jeff Lima.

To rev up the crowd, the Warriors paraded members of their 1987 World Club Challenge winning side before a minute’s silence in respect for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake. Continue reading

Dragons show no charity towards Bunnies

Four months after their drought-breaking premiership win, St George Illawarra have returned to the scene of their triumph to thump South Sydney 32-10 in the Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium. Despite missing up to half a dozen regulars, the Dragons were too fast, too strong and too smart for a disappointing Rabbitohs outfit. The Red V sent a strong message to rival clubs that they will again be up there in 2011 with a resounding six tries to two victory before 19,267 fans. It was St George Illawarra’s first Charity Shield win since 2007 and the perfect tune-up for their World Club Challenge showdown with Wigan in England on February 27. Both sides went into the biggest of the pre-season trial matches severely under-strength following a string of withdrawals prior to kick off. The Rabbitohs were without star off-season recruit Greg Inglis, Kiwi international Issac Luke and Sam Burgess while the Dragons’ absentees included Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby, Dean Young and Brett Morris. Continue reading

Scans have cleared Bulldogs lock David Stagg of a serious neck injury following a hard-fought 36-18 win over the Broncos on Friday night. Canterbury also suffered injuries to centre Josh Morris (eye) and five-eighth Ben Roberts (ankle) but it was former Broncos lock Stagg who was causing most concern. Stagg damaged his neck while making a tackle just eight minutes from full-time, with referee Gavin Badger saying he heard a crack. The classy lock complained of ‘pins and needles’ down his arm after being taken from the field on the medicab late in the game and was rushed straight to hospital. “He has gone to hospital for precautionary X-rays,” a concerned Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore said after the match. Morris has a suspected fractured eye socket but will be assessed on Monday, while Roberts could miss six weeks after injuring his ankle making a tackle. Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough also suffered a shoulder injury.