November 21, 2018

NRL: Dragons end Roosters fairytale run with Grand Final victory

Braith Anasta scores for the Roosters. Steve Christo that is a fantastic photo. Well done mate. Almost as good as Braith's try.

The St George Illawarra Dragons broke their 31 year premiership drought with an emphatic second half display to overrun the Sydney Roosters 32-8 before 82,334 fans at ANZ Stadium.

Dragon’s coach Wayne Bennett must surely now be ranked one of the games greats. His years of dominance with Brisbane was one thing but to take a team that has not tasted success for three decades to a Grand Final victory shows the calibre of the man.

In wet windy conditons the Dragons looked anything but champions in a first half that saw them trailing 6-8. Just when it looked like the Roosters who were wooden spooners last season might complete the ultimate comeback the Dragons came out firing and put 26 unanswered points on the board to win it in a canter.

For Roosters coach Brian Smith it is season no.27 as the bridesmaid of the NRL. For such a talented coach it is hard to fathom why he has yet to taste Grand Final success.

Dragon’s fullback Darius Boyd, won the Clive Churchill Medal as the game’s best player. Winger Jason Nightingale scored two tries, with Dean Young and Nathan Fien getting one each. Mark Gasnier scored the first try of the match after 7 minutes. Jamie Soward kicked 5/5 conversions and 1/2 penalty goals.

For the Roosters Braith Anasta and Mitchell Aubusson scored tries midway through the first half but Todd Carney could not covert either of them.

Well done the Dragon’s and Wayne. Newswarped also congratulates the New Zealand Warriors on winning the Toyota Cup Grand Final 42-28 over South Sydney. It is the Auckland sides first trophy in their 14 year history.

With the Grand Final out of the way all that is left to report on now is the NRL betting scandal.