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On an overcast and windy afternoon at WIN Stadium, the Dragons Under 20’s defeated a brave Cowboys outfit 32 – 30, after leading 28-6 at half-time.

An early knock-on by the Dragons, gave the Cowboys a great attacking chance in the first two minutes, yet the Dragons goal-line defence held strong.

The Cowboys then gave away a penalty for an infringement in the ruck, and with a full set of 6 on the Cowboys line, Dragons hooker Mitch Rein scooted from dummy-half, beating 3 defenders to score near the post. The try was converted by Beau Henry. Dragons leading 6 – 0.

After a beautifully worked move in the 13t minute, the Dragons spun the ball wide, with the ball eventually finding Joe Vickery on the wing. Beau Henry converted with a quality conversion from the sideline to take their lead to 12 – 0.

After having virtually no ball in the opening 15 minutes, the Cowboys big number 11 Troyden Waterie stepped 2 players on his own 40m line, before putting fullback Wayne Ulugia away who ran 60m to score in the 19th minute. Wateri converted the try for a 16 – 6 scoreline.

The Cowboys looked to be working their way back into the game, with a few good sets. However after back-to-back sets on the Cowboys line, quick hands saw the ball find Joe Vickery on the wing who dove outstretched to score and take the Dragons lead to 16 – 6.

In the 35th minute Dragons front-rower Trent Merrin sent replacement hooker Cameron King away with a well-timed offload. As the Cowboys looked to re-group, the ball was spun wide, before fullback Henry Raiwalui, stepped back on the inside, showing great illusiveness to beat a number of players and scoring under the posts. The conversion was successful by Beau Henry, stretching their lead to 22–6.

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