St George Illawara Dragons came from 14-0 down to win 20-16 at the Cronulla Sharks.
The Sharks took the lead on 10 minutes after Chad Townsend scored a penalty bang in front of the posts.
Then just four minutes later, the side from the Shire scored the first try of the game as Jayson Bukuya managed to power his way over. Townsend added the conversion for a 10 point lead.
Then just ten minutes later, it was 14-0 to Cronulla as Sosaia Feki got in on the act. Townsend scored the conversion to make the lead 14 points.
It was looking ominous for the Dragons as they were struggling to hold the firepower of the Sharks. But they did find a way back into it as Nene MacDonald somehow managed to touch Gareth Widdop’s kick down. Widdop missed the conversion, but this try would prove a potential turning point.
The first score of the second half would be crucial and it was the Dragons who got it as Tyson Frizell managed to touch down for back to back tries. Widdop scored the conversion this time as their deficit was reduced to just four points.
Just before the hour, Euan Aitkin then proved why he is one of the NRL’s most respected centres as he spun his way over. Widdop scored the conversion to edge the Dragons ahead for the first time in the contest.
Townsend then scored another penalty to level it, but two more penalties from Widdop won the game for the Dragons.
St George are looking like the real deal early on, and could well get back into the playoffs. They head to play Gold Coast Titans next Sunday.
As for Cronulla, it is two straight defeats to start the season. Not what they would have wanted especially with two high profile arrivals in Josh Dugan and Matt Moylan. They will hope to halt when they travel to Paramatta Eels next Saturday.