Dragons win three straight

Dominant force: The 2020 red hot Dragons are NSW Wheelchair Premiers whilst In second division the Canberra Raiders beat the Cronulla Sharks 38-28 at Menai Indoor Sports Centre. Picture: Steve Monty
Dominant force: The 2020 red hot Dragons are NSW Wheelchair Premiers whilst In second division the Canberra Raiders beat the Cronulla Sharks 38-28 at Menai Indoor Sports Centre. Picture: Steve Monty

The St George Illawarra Dragons took out the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League title with a dominant 58-40 win over the Wests Tigers at Menai Indoor Sports Centre last weekend, whilst in the second division, the Canberra Raiders ran over the Cronulla Sharks 38-28.

The Dragons who have won six Wheelchair premierships were searching for their third straight, while Minor Premier Wests Tigers were looking to avenge their heartbreaking defeat in last year's Grand Final.

It was 10-all early until Dragons player Diab Karim broke through the Tigers defence to score and converted to put his side in the lead, but the Tigers hit right back going back-to-back and taking the lead 22-18.

Just before halftime and off the back of a penalty the Dragons scored, but the Tigers returned favour through their captain Michael Johnson and took a 24-26 lead into the break.

The Dragons got off to the perfect start in the second half scoring in the far right-hand corner and putting them into the lead and then the Red V rolled on and were never headed taking the win.

Dragons captain Craig Cannane said each year and all season they had massive games against the Tigers.

"In the game today they had their chances, but we just came back out in that second half and stuck to our game plan and tightened up our defence and the rewards came in the end.

"It's our third straight premiership and sixth overall, every year they do change players on us, but somehow we seem to come together and display a bit of that St George spirit and are able to get there."

Canberra Raiders and the Cronulla Sharks went head to head earlier in the NSW Plate game. Both focused on the result in a true showcase of Wheelchair Rugby League development in NSW.

The Sharks led by young gun Jeremy Ayoub went on the attack early unsettling Canberra, but Raiders captain Tim Robinson rallied the troops and they found their groove taking the lead.

The Sharks didn't give up with Emily Beecroft, Liam Moar and Deniz Karaca putting in a strong defensive display but Canberra found a way to find holes in the Sharks defence and scored back to back tries securing the win.