Stats Insider v Dragons
Head to Head Overall
Sea Eagles: 8
Last time they met:
The round 19 match up between these two teams was a miss match in all areas of footy. Manly were placed strongly at the top of the ladder and the Dragons were fighting for a very slim chance at a top eight finish.
The Dragons started brightly, having plenty of possession early on, however they were unable to turn their dominance into good points and were forced to go for two points.
It took 20 minutes for Sea Eagles to put points on the board and their first try eventually came through Steve Matai who was to good from close range to be stopped.
This try spurred the Sea Eagles on and their confidence with the ball was shown when Kieran Foran decided to run the ball on the last. His cut out pass found a rampaging Matai, who then looked to pass back inside to his teammate, Brett Stewart and his dislodged pass fortunately ended back in the hands of Foran, stretching Manly’s lead.
Matai’s efforts saw him leave the field with injury and this opened up the doors for the Dragons to reduce the deficit, and an old enemy Benji Marshall found it all to easy to exploit the gaps left by Matai’s absence. It was Marshall’s first try for the Red V after his return from Rugby Union.
The Dragons started the second half with renewed vigour and it took a desperate, Jorge Taufua to deny Jason Nightingale his first try of the evening.
Unfortunately for the Dragons it was an awful mistake, which forced them back to square one. In easy position Manly stretched their lead when Daly Cherry-Evans’ flat ball found Tom Symonds.
Jorge Taufau was rewarded for his try saving ability with a try of his own, when he muscled over for a try in the corner.
It was a bad night for the Dragons, Jack de Belin was inches from scoring under the posts but had the ball batted away before he could plant the Steeden. This was then followed up by, Josh Dugan who misfielded a drop out.
Cherry Evans put Manly the little but more in front with a simple field goal.
The was some reprieve for the Dragons as Nightingale finished spectacularly in the corner to give the Red V faithful something to cheer.
The game finished 21-12 in favour of the Sea Eagles.
Last five meetings
27th June 2011 – Dragons 24-6, WIN Jubilee Oval
24th March 20112 – Dragons 17-6, WIN Jubilee Oval
1st June 2012 – Sea Eagles 20-8, Brookvale Oval
6th May 2013 – Sea Eagles 24-18, WIN Jubilee Oval
21st July 2014 – Sea Eagles 21-12, WIN Jubilee Oval
The Sea Eagles have won the last three games against the Dragons.
The longest winning streak between these two teams is held by the Dragons, stretching over six games.
The Sea Eagles have lost the last two games they’ve played in Wollongong the most recent score; a landslide victory to the Dragons, 48-18, which is St George Illawarra’s biggest win over the Sea Eagles.
Both sides have only won one game this season.
Manly have scored three more tries over the Dragons 9-6, but the Dragons have conceded less.
The Sea Eagles also have a better completion rate at 78% where as the Dragons have a 73%.