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Wests Tigers winger Liam Scolari

A missed conversation from Ben Stevanovic after the siren has seen Wests Tigers Jersey Flegg fall 16-14 to the St. George-Illawarra Dragons today in their season opener in Corrimal.

Having fallen behind 16-10 late in the contest, 2020 Development Player Reece Hoffman's try in the final minute set the game up for a potential grandstand finish but it wasn't to be for the visitors, with Stevanovic's attempt waved away in wet conditions to see the Dragons home by the narrowest of margins.

The home side started the stronger of the two and posted first points through Mathew Feagai just before the hour mark, before Connor Muhleisen's sin-bin shortly after opened the door for the visitors to hit back in the contest.

Stevanovic carried his good pre-season form over to nab his side's first try of the day — converting just before the break to lock the scores up at six-all.

Daniel Sykes put Wests Tigers in front midway through the second half with a determined run, but the Dragons quickly hit back off another kick — Feagai grabbing his second to level the scores. Duke Grant put the Dragons back in front soon after with Muhleisen adding a penalty goal with five minutes to go to push the lead to six.

That decision would prove a masterstroke in the end, as Hoffman's late effort went unrewarded and the Dragons held on for a nervy 16-14 win in the end.

Wests Tigers will look to hit back next Saturday when they host the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

St. George-Illawarra Dragons 16 (Feagai 2, Grant tries; Muhleisen 2/4 goals) def. Wests Tigers 14 (Stevanovic, Sykes, Hoffman tries; Stevanovic 1/3 goals)

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Callum GROMEK
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Craig McKenzie
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 James Schiller
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Liam SCOLARI
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Mathew Feagai
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Zac Cini
  • Centre for Dragons is number 5 Jack Walsh
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Reece Hoffman
  • Winger for Dragons is number 14 Aidan Gaffey
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Josh Rizk
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Braxton Wallace
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Tyler Field
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Zach Herring
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Ben Stevanovic

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Jalal Bazzaz
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Mavoni Tuifua
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Connor Muhleisen
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Rua Ngatikaura
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Oliver Parrish
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Etuale Lui
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Bailey Antrobus
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Felix Niutili-Schmidt
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 20 Duke Grant
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Daniel Sykes
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Hudson Spicer
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Rajko Jankovic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Harris Georgopoulous
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Brandon Webster-Mansfield
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Oscar Fitzpatrick
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Felix Smith
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Ben ARANDT
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Benjamin Fisiilose
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 18 Dallas Collins
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Sione Tupou

Reserves

  • Reserve for Dragons is number 12 Hayden Budd
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 20 Luke Rouland