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Controversial sin-binning knocks puff out of Dragons


Certainly ‘The Dragons Army’ did.Especially given, by fulltime, that had proved the difference. Big time.On a night when they farewelled the late, great Provan, an Immortal in every sense, it was his modern day counterpart that would become the biggest story in this one – with a Jaydn Su’a sin-binning, undoubtedly, the moment on which everything changed.Stream every game of every round of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership Season Live & Ad-Break Free In Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-days free now.Worse for the Red V, Andrew McCullough dislocated his elbow, Zac Lomax was binned for a professional foul and English recruit George Burgess faces his own nervous wait following a late shot on Panther Jarome Luai.But still, it was the Su’a penalty which will be debated all weekend.While the finally scoreline read 20-16, the home side were locked 6-all with just 12 minutes until the break when the Dragons No.12 raced out of the line and hit Panthers No.7 Sean O’Sullivan late.While the tackle undeniably arrived after the Steeden was gone – and then apparently branded “dumb” by coach Anthony Griffin at halftime – there was certainly little more than a blink in it.Regardless, O’Sullivan stayed down, then went for a HIA – from which he would return – while The Bunker … well, they saw enough in it all for the Dragons No.12 to be binned.Which is when, for the home side, things got bad.NRL: The Friday Night Footy panel discuss Jaydn Su’A’s sin bin, claiming that Sean O’Sullivan milked the decision out of the referee.With Su’a sitting in the sheds, Penrith ran in back-to-back tries, while Burgess was also penalised for a shot that will have him wake nervously on Saturday morning.Then three minutes after the break, McCullough left the field clutching at his busted elbow. Not long after, he was sat on the sideline with his left arm in a sling.When he wasn’t cooling his heels, Su’a was strong on the Dragons right edge.In the second half he would not only score a try to put the Dragons back in it, running onto a beautiful short ball from Talatau Amone, but then get them attacking with five minutes to play with a deft grubber that forced a repeat set.TO’O AND KIKAUIt was a mixed night for several of the Panthers biggest names, with Viliame Kikau bagging a double in his 100th game while winger Brian To’o suffered an ankle injury that saw him leave the field early in the second half and not return.Prop James Fisher-Harris was also restricted to roughly 20 minutes after suffering a nasty head cut.Kikau, meanwhile, hit triple figures in style.With his family having been flown in from Fiji for the milestone match, the towering backrower backed up what had been a teary reunion only days earlier with a strong double.The first, from a charge down, arrived after just 11 minutes. While the second arrived just five minutes from halftime after running onto a nice ball from Luai.BIRD BRAINEDOn a night of countless big moments – and some huge hits — Dragons backrower Jack Bird was forced from the field with just over five minutes to play after staying down in a tackle.Attacking the Panthers line, and trailing by eight, Bird appeared to cop an accidental knee to the head from Dylan Edwards. While Bird then rose to his feet, he was ordered from the field by a doc positioned in The Bunker. MISSED OPPORTUNITIESDespite playing for 20 minutes of this one with a man down, St George Illawarra continually hung tough albeit with a few missed opportunities mixed into some dogged defensive line efforts. In fact, the last 15 minutes were effectively all the Dragons, with Lomax crossing with just over three minutes to play, setting up a thrilling finish.Despite being among the early TAB contenders for a wooden spoon, they have shown enough over the opening fortnight to suggest they can definitely be right in the mix come finals time.

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