2012 NRL Results Round 22
Sydney Roosters 26 – 10 St George Illawarra Dragons
Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers
Newcastle Knights v Canterbury Bulldogs
North Queensland Cowboys v Manly Sea Eagles
NZ Warriors v Cronulla Sharks
Canberra Raiders v Brisbane Broncos
Gold Coast Titans v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels
2012 NRL Review Round 22
Sydney Roosters v St George Illawarra Dragons
The Roosters came away with a 26-10 win in this match and to be honest the only reason the Dragons were even in the match at all is because of a stupid mistake by BJ Leilua that got him sin binned. The Roosters led 12-0 at half time after what was a pretty cagey first half, and went ahead 14-0 early in the second half courtesy of an Anasta penalty.
The match was turned on it’s head 15 minutes into the second half though when Dragons centre Chase Stanley made a 70m break only to be ankle tapped and pulled down eventually by Jake Friend. With Stanley secured, BJ Leilua flopped on top and was subsequently marched for 10 minutes. The Dragons scored 2 tries while he was off the field and could have had a couple more if it weren’t for some blatant forward passes to Brett Morris on the wing.
Once Leilua returned though, the Roosters got back into the groove and two tries to Mitchell Pearce wrapped up a good win for the tri-colours. Pearce ended the match with a hat-trick to put a week of speculation and rumours behind him, while youngster Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (RTS) thrilled everyone at the ground with his unbelievable footwork. This kid is going to be something special and with Moga on the other side it’s no wonder the Roosters weren’t going to stand in Perrett’s way when he wanted a release to the Bulldogs.
The Roosters have now moved 5 points clear of the wooden spoon position and those $5 odds for the spoon will surely move back out again after tonight’s performance!
For the Dragons, their task of making the top 8 just got a hell of a lot harder, they’ll find themselves 4 points outside the 8 by the time round 22 comes to a close and I really can’t see them clawing back those points!