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Knights extinquish Dragons - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 23 Mar 2007 22:51:00 GMT
knights coach Brian Smith scored his first win on the road in 2007 after the visitors defeated St George-Illawarra 16-12 at Oki Jubilee Stadium on Friday.

In a game where the lead changed 6 times, it was an unconverted try to centre George Carmont in the 72nd minute which sealed the match.

Meanwhile for Dragons winger Wes Naiqama it was a night of new records for all the wrong seasons after the former Arncliffe Scots junior became the first NRL player to be sin–binned this season.

Naiqama – who kicked 1 conversion and a penalty goal – left the field in the 39th minute of the first half after committing a professional foul.

Playing a team short 1 man on the green for a second consecutive week and sensing a bit of deja-vu, the Knights then capitalized by sending James McManus over into the right corner.

Down 8-6 after the break, the Dragons retaliated in the 51sth minute with a try to Keith Lulia under the posts to reclaim a 12-8 lead with 15 minutes remaining.

In a tough battle riddled with errors and intercept passes, it was not until Newcastle - minus Andrew Johns - scored two tries late in the second half that the result was a conclusion.

An obvious concern for Knights coach Brian Smith was his team’s lack of success with conversions. Kurt Gidley missed 0/3 attempts while Daniel Abraham failed slot one attempt also.

Injured Dragons five-eighth and centre, Mark Gasnier, described the loss of hooker Simon Woolford to what appeared to be a knee injury as a “huge blow”

St George Illawarra Dragons 12 (Chase Stanley, Keith Lulia tries; Wes Naiqama (2/3) goals) def knights (16) (Clint Newton, James McManus, Brad Tighe, George Carmont tries; Kurt Gidley (0/3), Daniel Abraham (0/1) goals) at Oki Jubilee Stadium. Crowd: 12,340. Line Drop Outs: Dragons 3-0. Errors: Knights 9 Dragons 8. Video Referee Referral: 2 - Read More, Here