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Match Report: NRLW Round 5 vs Dragons

Wests Tigers have conceded a final minute 20-16 defeat to St George-Illawarra Dragons on Saturday afternoon at CommBank Stadium.

The side got out to a quick ten-point lead going into the half, though were held scoreless in the second half before the Dragons hit the front in the final minute.

Wests Tigers struck first from a six-again call close to the line as Ebony Prior snuck through some lazy marker defence, before Rikeya Horne finished a right-edge movement shortly after.

St George-Illawarra continued to pressure Wests Tigers thereafter and the home side eventually cracked as Dragons created numbers on the left edge for Bobbi Law to score.

Jakiya Whitfeld utilised her elusive pace to advance her side downfield to help release the Curtain-Apps duo.

Emily Curtain delivered a beautiful short-ball to Apps for her to continue her four-game try scoring streak and stretch the lead to 16-6 at the half.

Brett Kimmorley’s side were faced with adversity early in the second half after Najvada George was sin binned but remained defensively strong.

St George-Illawarra eventually stretched the player-short Tigers’ right-edge as Ella Koster shrugged free to bring the margin to six points.

Jamie Soward’s side brought relentless attacking pressure in their opposition’s red zone, with the Dragons holding the hosts to just 42% possession throughout the match.

The visitors went close to levelling late through Teagan Berry, though the fullback was penalised for a double movement.

They had better luck two minutes later as Zali Hopkins pounced on a Pauline Piliae-Rasabale kick error on the goal line to draw level before a penalty marched the Dragons into great field position.

The Dragons went down their favoured left edge once more and caught the hosts short to steal a 20-16 victory in the final minute through Margot Vela.

Wests Tigers face Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday afternoon in round six.

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