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Magpies start fast to post big Round 1 win over Dragons

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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Treigh Stewart
    Fullback for Magpies is number 1 Dylan Smith
  • Winger for Dragons is number 4 Max Feagai
    Winger for Magpies is number 2 William Kei
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Charly Runciman
    Centre for Magpies is number 3 Tommy Talau
  • Centre for Dragons is number 20 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Magpies is number 4 Matheson Johns
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Jason Saab
    Winger for Magpies is number 5 Kane Bradley
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Tyran Wishart
    Five-Eighth for Magpies is number 6 Brendan O'Hagan
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Tristan Sailor
    Halfback for Magpies is number 7 Jock Madden

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Eddie Blacker
    Prop for Magpies is number 8 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 13 Hayden Lomax
    Hooker for Magpies is number 9 Jake Simpkin
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Jayden Morgan
    Prop for Magpies is number 10 Oliver Clark
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Luke Gale
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Chris McQueen
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 17 Matt Delbanco
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 12 Alex Seyfarth
  • Lock for Dragons is number 15 Nathan Leatigaga
    Lock for Magpies is number 13 Sam McIntyre

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 2 Jason Gillard
    Interchange for Magpies is number 14 Jordin Leiu
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Blake BARBUTO
    Interchange for Magpies is number 15 Terrell May
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Matthew Nicholson
    Interchange for Magpies is number 16 Lachlan Talau
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 19 Luke Chalker
    Interchange for Magpies is number 17 Austin Dias