St George Illawarra Dragons centre Zac Lomax

If you wanted a comeback and drama, the St George Illawarra Dragons and Canterbury Bulldogs clash had both.

In a spirited performance by the Bulldogs, the game was seemingly in the bag with just a minute to go.

Enter the rugby league Gods, an error from Marcelo Montoya and an easy pickup for Corey Norman to race away and score.

The Bulldogs task and future games were not and will not be made easier with a possible toe injury for Kieran Foran.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor did not mince words; he just wanted the win and was pleased to get it.

“You take the win and those two points are priceless,” McGregor said.

“The pleasing thing is when we needed points, we found 18 points in 15 minutes.”

The game could not have started in a worse fashion for the Bulldogs.

In the first set, a bomb went high, Zac Lomax soared highest to snare the ball and found Matt Dufty inside for his first.

Then in the eighth minute, the Dragons went up two tries after Adam Clune and Dufty combined for Euan Aitken to score.

The pendulum soon swung in the Bulldogs favour, however, after some crafty work from Jeremy Marshall-King.

The often maligned hooker feigned a dummy and instead darted over himself with ease to open the Bulldogs account.

On the back of penalties and a six-again call, a simple scrum play saw Foran pass to Nick Meaney who strolled through a yawning gap to score.

Raymond Faitala-Mariner then continued his good form as he powered over from close range.

Leading 20-10 at the break and in control, the Bulldogs deserved to be satisfied with their performance.

The Dragons would have other ideas, even if they had to wait a fair bit for them.

A Meaney knock-on saw hulking Dragons winger Jason Saab ready to pounce and he did, scoring the try.

Clune then produced some magic with a darting run down the left and found Dufty for his second.

The game was tense, both sides perhaps waiting for golden point.

It was not to be. Instead, Montoya’s drop led to Norman’s break and the rest was history. The Dragons won 28-22.

With the form of his team, Cam McInnes will remain at lock but coach McGregor says his captain just wants to win.

“All Cam wants to do is win so Cam is comfortable playing a role for the team at No.13. It is the same with Benny,” McGregor said.

“He wants to play No.7 but he is playing No.9 for the team.

“That’s what the team needs right now.

“We are missing some experienced players in the middle third of the field that aren’t with us at the moment.”

Foran did not return to the field after that toe injury and says it felt similar to one he suffered in 2018.

“I felt my toe, I was a bit concerned because I had surgery on it back in 2018 and it was a similar feeling to when I did it then,” Foran said.

“It was pretty score so I will get scans tonight and see how it is.”

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3. Zac Lomax (SGI)

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  1. Matt Dufty (SGI)
Canterbury Bulldogs back-rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner

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