Jamie Soward

When you think of rugby league, you think of some great attacking football and spark, as well some steely defensive resolve – not a scoreline of 8-6, that saw both teams playing pedestrian footy.

But, in this case, that is exactly what happened, as the St George Illawarra Dragons relieved some pressure on coach Steve Price, as they defeated the Gold Coast Titans 8-6 at WIN Stadium, in a dour affair.

It was two successive penalty goals from Dragons five-eighth Jamie Soward that won them the game, as well as some steely resolve in defence, as they defended eight consecutive sets on their line.

The win may have come at a cost however, with retiring forward Dean Young taking out some frustration on young Titans hooker Matt Srama – with the veteran prop elbowing the young hooker.

Despite the somewhat dour affair, coach Steve Price said that he will take the two points regardless.

“Two points is two points,” Dragons coach Steve Price said of the victory, which leaves the Dragons two points outside the top eight.

“That’s the best we’ve defended for a long time.

“We can get a lot of confidence out of that – it was back to the Dragons of old tonight, defensively.

“We just kept turning up, turning up.”

Whilst Titans coach John Cartwright tried not to say too much on the penalties that cost his side the game, in the end, he could not help but have his say on them.

“I haven’t seen penalties given in that instance all year, I really haven’t,” Cartwright said.

“It’s an unwritten law that when the clock winds down they put the whistle in their pocket and it’s a law because it happens every week – that’s what we get used to.”

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