St George Illawarra ended the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ bid to make the Jersey Flegg Cup finals after beating them 42-22 in today’s 23rd-round clash in Sydney.
The Dragons were just a point ahead in eighth place going into today’s encounter but the 20-point win has taken them to 21 points leaving the Vodafone Junior Warriors unable to make the top eight with just one regular season match to play.
After going to the break 12-24 behind, the Vodafone Junior Warriors pulled it back to 22-30 midway through the second half but the Dragons scored twice in the last five minutes to clear away.
At Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
St George Illawarra Dragons 42 (Sam McCann, Matthew Nicholson, Max Feagai, Cody Ramsey, Blair Grant, Blake Barbuto, Tyran Wishart tries; Blair Grant 7 conversions).
Vodafone Junior Warriors 22 (Isaiah Vagana, Kayal Iro, Brody Tamarua, Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard tries; Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard 3 conversions).
Halftime: 24-12 Dragons.
Vodafone Junior Warriors | Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard; Selestino Ravutaumada, Kayal Iro, Raymon Vaega, Edward Kosi; Paul Turner, Casey Smith; Junior Pua, Taniela Otukolo, Wesley Veikoso; Brody Tamarua (c), Isaiah Vagana; Tom Ale. Interchange: Toni Tupouniua, Eliesa Katoa,Michael Lemafa, Richard To’ai.