The Rabbitohs’ NYC side have gone down to the Dragons in the curtain-raiser to the Men of League Heritage Round by 36-4.
After an evenly contested opening nine minutes, it was the Dragons who looked likely to score first when they mounted a short-side attacking raid on the Rabbitohs’ line. But the movement proved fruitless despite an overlap when Saints half Adam Clune’s pass travelled wildly forward.
Moments later, the Dragons were at it again on the opposite side of the field, only this time, it was a Sam Manuleleua intercept that diffused the situation for the red and greens – the big winger streaking 60 metres up-field to turn defence into attack.
It took 20 minutes for first points to be scored, and they came in the form of a barging Wes Lolo for the Dragons, who crossed adjacent to the sticks. Sitiveni Moceidreke converted to give Saints a six point lead.
The Dragons were in again with 11 minutes left in the half when DJ Harris tip-toed along the touch-line before bettering the position to go in for the red v’s second of the afternoon to make it 10-0 going into the break.
Eight minutes into the second half, Sam Young finally opened the scoring for the Rabbitohs when he pounced on a kick into the Dragons’ in-goal to make it 10-4.
Right on the 20 minute mark, DJ Harris went in for his second of the afternoon to extend the Dragons’ lead to 14-4. Adam Clune added a four-pointer of his own for the red and whites with Moceidreke adding the extras to make it 20-4.
Moceidreke then bagged a four-pointer of his own with 10 minutes in the match remaining when he finished off a well-orchestrated back-line movement to score out-wide for the Saints to make it 24-4. Moceidreke converted his own try to make it 26-4 with seven minutes left.
Moceidreke then ran in for his second converted try before Brent Anderson did likewise – taking an inside ball from fullback Mathew Dufty to seal the match.
Dragons 36 (Wes Lolo, DJ Harris 2, Adam Clune, Sitiveni Moceidreke 2, Mathew Dufty tries; Sitiveni Moceidreke 4 goals)
Rabbitohs 4 (Sam Young, tries; goals)