Western Suburbs Magpies have produced a strong Round 1 performance to down the St. George-Illawarra Dragons in their season opener today at WIN Stadium.
Under the guidance of new Coach Wayne Collins, the Magpies scored three tries in the opening 20 minutes of the match and never looked back with Tommy Talau grabbing a double amongst a number of impressive performances.
Jock Madden was again strong in the halves alongside Brendan O'Hagan, while NRL squad members Matt Eisenhuth and Sam McIntyre also laid a solid platform in the opening half an hour of the game to see the Magpies home.
It was Madden and Eisenhuth who crossed for the opening two tries of the game, before Talau showed his class with a speedy effort out wide.
A momentary lapse just before the half-time break saw the Dragons score their first of the match with Treigh Stewart picking up a loose ball to streak away and cut the Magpies lead to 16-6 after Tristan Sailor's conversion.
Post-Match: Tommy Talau
Wests hit back soon after the interval with O'Hagan laying on a lovely set move for Matheson Johns to score his first try for the club, before Talau put the icing on the cake with his second try of the day off a deft grubber from Madden.
Jason Saab crossed late to give the Dragons some hope but it was all in vain, as Dylan Smith crashed over in the final minutes to secure a 32-12 win.
Western Suburbs will look to keep their winning start to the year alive when they take on the Newcastle Knights at Leichhardt Oval as a curtain-raiser to the NRL contest between the two sides.
Match: Dragons v Magpies
Round 1 -
Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Treigh StewartFullback for Magpies is number 1 Dylan Smith
Winger for Dragons is number 4 Max FeagaiWinger for Magpies is number 2 William Kei
Centre for Dragons is number 3 Charly RuncimanCentre for Magpies is number 3 Tommy Talau
Centre for Dragons is number 20 Euan AitkenCentre for Magpies is number 4 Matheson Johns
Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jason SaabWinger for Magpies is number 5 Kane Bradley
Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Tyran WishartFive-Eighth for Magpies is number 6 Brendan O'Hagan
Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Tristan SailorHalfback for Magpies is number 7 Jock Madden
Prop for Dragons is number 8 Eddie BlackerProp for Magpies is number 8 Matthew Eisenhuth
Hooker for Dragons is number 13 Hayden LomaxHooker for Magpies is number 9 Jake Simpkin
Prop for Dragons is number 10 Jayden MorganProp for Magpies is number 10 Oliver Clark
2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Luke Gale2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Chris McQueen
2nd Row for Dragons is number 17 Matt Delbanco2nd Row for Magpies is number 12 Alex Seyfarth
Lock for Dragons is number 15 Nathan LeatigagaLock for Magpies is number 13 Sam McIntyre
Interchange for Dragons is number 2 Jason GillardInterchange for Magpies is number 14 Jordin Leiu
Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Blake BARBUTOInterchange for Magpies is number 15 Terrell May
Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Matthew NicholsonInterchange for Magpies is number 16 Lachlan Talau
Interchange for Dragons is number 19 Luke ChalkerInterchange for Magpies is number 17 Austin Dias