To lose the seemingly un-loseable means that St George Ilawarra must make the trip home with a sinking feeling they may find hard to shake for some time.
Leading 24-10 with 13 minutes to play, the Dragons looked destined to record their first win in Melbourne for 15 years on Monday night.
But three late tries to the Storm, the final one coming in true Hail Mary fashion, left every St George Illawarra player slumped on the ground amidst the delirious celebrations around them. It is no surprise that same feeling of disbelief reverberated up in the coach’s box.
“That is a gut wrench, a total gut wrench,” said Dragons coach Steve Price after the match.
“I thought we were courageous tonight but the footy god’s weren’t on our side.
"It’s tough to take, I’ll have to look at whether the siren was blown whether we have to review but it is pretty tough to take at the moment.”
The Dragons will leave AAMI Park wounded, with centre Dylan Farrell to have scans tomorrow for a suspected torn pectoral that may end his season. Forward Joel Thompson lay concussed on the field in the dying moments as the deciding try was scored.
The sliding doors nature of NRL football means the Dragons have now slumped to three straight defeats after a 3-0 start that had shown such promise.
However despite the shocking nature of the Monday night loss, Price can still take heart from the leaps and bounds his side has made after its disappointing 2013 campaign.
“We’ve improved a hell of a lot from where we were and we will continually improve,” he insisted.
“It is gut wrenching at the moment but there is certainly a lot of positives to come out of the game.”
The Dragons will hope those positives will finally translate to a win when they host the Warriors next Saturday night.
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