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Dragons jump on the Broncos for an awesome ride

St George Illawarra turned the blowtorch on Brisbane at their NRL elimination final, sending them packing.

The Dragons have been at the opposite end of the spectrum to the Broncos after leading the competition after 16 rounds, losing six of their next nine.

Halfback Ben Hunt this week detailed the emotional toll social media abuse had wrought on him after the finger was pointed in his direction for their slump.

While Brisbane great Gorden Tallis tore strips off the Dragons forward pack, accusing them of letting down their side.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor was keen to claim underdog status, saying their Broncos had everything to prove. “The expectation is all on the Broncs, they’ve been the form team going into the finals,” McGregor said, before backing his troops. “We were in the top four up until round 23, we led the comp for 16 rounds and we know what we’re about when we play Dragons style of footy, (with) no distractions.”

While Hunt has been forced to wear his fair share of knocks for not taking control of the side, Broncos playmaker Anthony Milford has been similarly maligned during 2018. However McGregor praised the Broncos five-eighth’s vastly improved kicking game.

A first half hat-trick by Tariq Sims has propelled St George Illawarra to a stunning 48-18 NRL elimination final win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday. The Dragons notched their first finals win since 2010 and first playoff victory at Suncorp Stadium in nine years to book a semi-final showdown with South Sydney on Saturday.

The Dragons set up the win with four tries in 18 minutes – including three to back-rower Sims – to grab a 28-10 halftime lead and held on despite losing Gareth Widdop (shoulder) and James Graham (concussion).

Mark Gasnier joined Mark Levy and Mark Riddell this morning to talk about what was a fantastic game!

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Mark Levy & Mark Riddell