Dragons defeat desperate Dogs

Mikaele Ravalawa (right) of the Dragons celebrates his try during the Round 13 NRL match between the Bulldogs and the Dragons at ANZ Stadium, Monday, June 10, 2019. Picture AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Mikaele Ravalawa (right) of the Dragons celebrates his try during the Round 13 NRL match between the Bulldogs and the Dragons at ANZ Stadium, Monday, June 10, 2019. Picture AAP Image/Dean Lewins

The Dragons finally ended a five-game losing streak today putting it to the Bulldogs 36-12 and getting them back on track while the Bulldogs have now won just three matches this year and sit at last place on the ladder- both sides were looking to turn their seasons around with a victory today.

The Dragons had lost six of their past seven appearances at ANZ stadium, a stat they have now also turned around and climb to 10th place ahead of a crucial round 14 showdown with Manly at Lottoland.

Momentum wasnt with the men in the Red V but sitting in 13th place on the ladder the Dragons' Origin trio of Paul Vaughan, Ben Hunt and Tyson Frizell all backed up and provided the go forward for the clash with the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

Ben Hunt of the Dragons is tackled by Raymond Faitala and Kieran Foran of the Bulldogs during the Round 13 NRL match at ANZ Stadium .Picture AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Ben Hunt of the Dragons is tackled by Raymond Faitala and Kieran Foran of the Bulldogs during the Round 13 NRL match at ANZ Stadium .Picture AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Coach McGregor said the Origin players had been given a three-day break to freshen up after the representative clash and returned to training on Sunday ready to prepare for today's tussle with the Dogs.

In the key matchups, Dragons fans also breathed a sigh of relief knowing star playmaker Corey Norman was back after he suffered a broken cheekbone in Round 8.

It didn't start well with the Dragons producing a shocking first set with the ball, before backing it up with a lacklustre defensive effort to allow Raymond Faitala-Mariner to barge over for the first try of the game after 2 minutes.

Fans were in shock but the tide rapidly turned and Norman and Hunt made all the difference running the Dragons through the heavy traffic.

Norman hadn't played for six weeks since suffering that cheekbone injury but quickly found his groove to score a try in the 13th minute and his partnership with Ben Hunt in the halves gave the Dragons complete control after the half time break with Norman also putting his halfback across the line in the 54th minute to set up a match-winning lead.