Despite playing it safe, the Dragons have romped to an easy 28-0 win over the Manly Sea Eagles earning them a week off next week.

Despite their dominance throughout the game, the Dragons only scored 1 try in the first 65 minutes after they chose to go fo four consecutive penalty goals.

Two quick tries to centre Matt Cooper and Mark Gasnier put the game to bed and gave the game a bit of added excitement and joy into what was regarded as relatively poor and slow game by the Dragons.

The Dragons, who have earned themselves a week off following the win, will now play the winner of next week’s clash between the Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers.

The Dragons cautious approach against a Sea Eagles side decimated by injuries and suspensions made many believe that the Dragons tend to go into their shell in big games.

For coach Wayne Bennett however, simply making it to the preliminary final was the main concern.

“We’ll make no apologies for taking the penalties,” he declared.

“It’s (taking penalty kicks) part of the instruction but they’ve got to make the decision out there on the ground. But we picked up eight points today and if they’re going to gift them to you, and there’s no guarantee we could have scored tries from them.

“I wasn’t too worried about that (one try in opening 65 minutes), I mean they couldn’t score any so it was that type of game. It was pretty much a spoiling game and … that’s why they gave so many penalties away trying to slow it all down.”

During the time in which the Dragons decided to go for four consecutive field goals, five-eighth Jamie Soward admitted that there was little temptation to go for anything more than the two points each time.

“Nup, we know our system we know how it works, there’s no argument out there. I know when to take the two I don’t even have to look around,” he said.

“It’s just what stage we’re in how we’re feeling. We get bagged about taking the two points but it’s still two points isn’t it?

“We were 8-0, 10-0, 12-0, 14-0 nil up. It takes the game away, slows the game down and it’s not like we’ve just started doing it this week we’ve been doing it for two years.”

In what was already a decimated Manly side, Joe Galuvao, Josh Perry and Brent Kite all injured, and Anthony Watmough sin-binned for kneeing.

Manly coach Des Hasler believed that the Sea Eagles did in fact cause problems for the Dragons defence and he was very happy with his side’s effort.

“Overall I would have liked to come here today with our full complement,” he said.

“I would have liked to have tested St George today full tilt, but in saying that I’m very mindful of the fact that’s the way the game is. You have your good runs and you have your poor ones where injuries and suspensions are part of the game and we just got the double whammy.”

By ricky

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