Dragons pull away with the game when it matters most

There were only 2 point scored in the game until late in the second half, but that was a show of testament to both the Dragons and the Rabbitohs, as both teams muscled down in defence.

With the defensive side being at its highest, the attacking side let both teams down, hence only 2 points being scored until the 60 odd minute mark, as the Dragons kicked away winning 16-0 at ANZ Stadium.

Had the game remained at 2-0, it would have been the lowest scoring game in NRL history. That record still goes to the Eels v Bulldogs grand final clash in 1986, with the Eels winning that one 4-2.

The game may have taken a different course however, were it not for a try-saving tackle from Dragons centre Matt Cooper on Souths back Chris McQueen.

To compound the loss for the Bunnies, stalwart Michael Crocker was placed on report for a lifting tackle on Jason Nightingale.

Despite pulling off the try-saving tackle, Cooper can not really recall how it all went down.

“I knew he was lunging out at the line and I was just trying to stop him scoring,” Cooper said.

“I’d need to see it, I don’t really know what happened. I just pulled him up.”

Dragons coach Wayne Bennett was full of praise for his side, especially their resiliency in holding the Bunnies out and not letting them score.

“In terms of a purist’s game it probably wasn’t everything you wanted, but in terms of effort and both teams doing their best to win a game of football it was outstanding,” Bennett said.

“If they (Souths) turn and want to play like they did tonight then they are extremely difficult to beat.

“They wanted to show everybody how good they could be and they were very good.”

The loss means that the Bunnies have now, only won 2 games from their first 6, and Lang knows that his side had the opportunities to score, but they just did not take them.

“We tried the shock tactic just about every time so the shock goes out of it after a couple of times,” Lang said of his side’s lack of patience.

“We had our opportunities but we couldn’t get the points on the board and they did.

“Some of our attack was outstanding and they (the Dragons) are an unbelievably resilient side.”

Dally M Points

3 Matt Cooper

2 Darius Boyd

1 Sam Burgess

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