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St George Ilawarra Dragons out of top eight after loss to the Bunnies

Pictures: NRL TwitterSt George Illawarra Dragons slumped to their sixth straight loss andare now out of the top eight after they were defeated 24-8 by SouthSydney on Saturday night at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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Leading 8-4 at halftime the defending premiers were too solid in thesecond half to record a hard-fought victory in wet and slipperyconditions.

The Bunnies skipped away in the final 10 minutes of the game to scoretwo converted tries to seal the match.

Pictures: Heritage. NRL Twitter

Leading 12-4, Souths Halfback Adam Reynolds and five-eighth LukeKeary scored match-sealing tries late in the match.

The Dragons and Souths were playing the round 19 NRL Heritage Roundand members of the 1965 grand final Dragons and South Sydney teams were at the SCG.

The Dragons won that grand final in 1965, 12-8, in front of anofficial crowd of 78, 056.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor now has the task of reviving his team’sseason with the six losses seeing the team slide from fourth to ninthand they are anchored on 20 points.

Dragons halfback Benji Marshall said in radio and televisioninterviews the team can still take positives from the match despitethe loss and he believes the team can snap out of their losing ways.

He said it was disappointing to lose against the premiers but theywill keep working hard.

The Dragons next face Melbourne Stormon Saturday, July 25, in Napier,New Zealand,at 7.30pm.

One of the turning points in the second half came whenMarshall opted for a short dropout and from the resulting set of sixtackles, South Sydney winger Alex Johnston scored in the right handcorner to give the premiers a 12-8 lead.

South Sydney fullback and skipper Greg Ingkis was influential in thesecond half with a series of strong runs and also engineered the AlexJohnston try with a smart pass.

For the Dragons the return on injured forwards, Jack de Belin, JoelThompson and Tyson Frizell, added starch to the pack.

Prop Leeson Ah Mau was the Dragons’ best taking the ball forward intothe big Bunnies forwards with gusto.

South Sydney 24 (Alex Johnston, Luke Keary, Dylan Walker, Adam

Reynolds tries, Adam Reynolds 4 goals ) defeated St George Illawarra 8

(Justin Hunt Josh Dugan tries). Crowd: 18,217

Leader Man of the Match: South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis.

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