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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


Gasnier reclaims 3

Mark Gasnier has reclaimed the No.3 jersey in a St George Illawarra side reshuffled by coach Wayne Bennett for Sunday’s massive SCG clash with the red-hot Sydney Roosters. With the ladder-leading Dragons now having lost three of their last four, Bennett has handed Gasnier the jersey he wore in his previous stint with the club in his fifth game back from two seasons in French rugby union. Gasnier started his first game in Sunday’s loss to Brisbane, but in the No.19 jumper. Bennett has re-jigged his forward pack to accommodate the returning Michael Weyman (suspension) and a move for Beau Scott from Gasnier’s right centre position to the second row. Neville Costigan moves from the back to the front row to partner Weyman and new hooker Dean Young, with Luke Priddis named on a six-man bench. Scott partners Ben Creagh in the second row with Jeremy Smith named at lock.

Dragons welcome back Weyman, Young and Fien

As St George Illawarra’s attack faltered in front of a packed Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, the man who looms as the solution to their woes took his first tentative steps back to action. Kiwi international Nathan Fien made his long-awaited comeback from a broken leg playing for the Dragons’ NSW Cup outfit, the livewire hooker impressing in two 20 minute stints at dummy half for the Shellharbour Dragons. While the handful of spectators on show at Melbourne’s Olympic Park may have been a long way from the 40,000-plus on hand in Brisbane, Fien’s return is a significant step in the Dragons’ finals build-up. While Dragons coach Wayne Bennett is unlikely to rush Fien back into the top grade for Sunday’s blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters, Gilogley said Fien – who celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday – was ready to go. “He’s an international isn’t he, and I’m sure if they needed him he’d be able to do the job,” Gilogley said. “He’s been training fulltime for about three weeks now – he was ready to play but they weren’t going to risk him. “I think Wayne will probably use him a little bit more in the NSW Cup.” While veteran Luke Priddis has done a serviceable job filling in for Fien, the latter’s speed and playmaking ability makes the Dragons more threatening in attack. The Dragons will also welcome back some forward power this week with NSW prop Michael Weyman available again after a four-week suspension and lock Dean Young having recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.