Dragons suffer first loss at the hands of the Broncos

Sam Thaiday

They were flying high coming into the game with three straight wins but the momentum ended there, as the St George Illawarra Dragons could not go toe-to-toe with the Brisbane Broncos and lost their round four clash to the Brisbane side, 36-20.

In front of just over 10,000 fans at Wollongong, the Broncos were just too strong as they recorded their seventh straight win over the Dragons and their third in four games, to cement their spot as an early front-runner in the competition.

In what was a relatively entertaining clash, it was the Broncos who led the game from start to finish – they raced out to a 12-0 lead early on – as the Dragons were unable to wrestle back enough momentum to eventually take the lead, as the Broncos forwards led the way.

The signs early in the season are good for the Broncos as they appear to be clicking as they should be, recording their highest points total of the season so far in last night’s clash.

After the disappointment of last week, Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was pleased that his side managed to bounce back and put in a solid performance.

Said disappointment emerged from a last-minute loss to the Roosters, a game that had the Broncos won, it would have been an upset.

“Just emotionally, we could’ve come down here with our tails between our legs,” he said.

“It was a hard one to swallow last week, but we bounced back, trained great all week and we just needed to come down and get that one done tonight and we did.”

With Ben Hunt firing on all cylinders last week, Griffin knows that his performance this week whilst not as good, was steady – praising the halfback for his performance.

“There’s a few times [Hunt] didn’t continue [with good form], but he’s getting there,” he said. “He’s come up with a couple of big plays there in the middle of the second half. One to score, and one to put us in a position to score. And he’s doing that every week.

“As I said a few times this year, [Hunt] finished the season very well last year, so he came into this season with some form on the board.

“Hoffy’s just doing a good job just running the football when he gets his opportunity. And also teaming up with Ben [Hunt] and Benny Barba, there’s still a long way to go with that. But tonight, we got 36 which was the best we’ve done for the year. So it’s going okay.”

For the Dragons, what confused coach Steve Price was why his side could not get any penalties. Despite that, Price was pleased with his side’s efforts in what was their first loss of the season.

“It certainly has [been a good month]. As I said, we’re still learning about ourselves. It has been a very positive start and we put ourselves in a position tonight to win that footy game, to get back within two,” he said.

“We’ll live and learn, dust ourselves off and get ready for next week. It was tough to get a ten metre penalty viagra online order there tonight.”

Price also made mention of a 5-8 minute block in the second half that changed the game and resulted in a Broncos win.

“I thought it was a very fast game. There weren’t many penalties blown,” he said. “We spoke about that, [Brisbane] pride themselves on starting fast [and]they certainly did that.

“Credit to our guys, I thought we got back into the arm wrestle really well. We come back after halftime, scored a tremendous try, and [got] within two but didn’t play with any composure or any smarts there for a number of minutes.

“And [that] put us on the back foot and I thought that’s where the game was won, in that five to eight minute block there.”

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