Nabuli inspires Dragons to win over Eels
The Dragons have finished strongly to beat the impressive Eels on the back of another piece of Eto Nabuli magic, ending Manly's tournament by claiming a narrow 12-10 win.
With light rain making handling difficult, the first three possessions of the game finished with errors.
St George Illawarra dodged an early bullet when Corey Norman ran through to scores under the posts from a Chris Sandow chip only to be ruled offside.
The Dragons cashed in immediately when Kiti Glymin ran through to score off a Benji Marshall grubber to the corner.
A good set from the Eels in response was followed by a forward pass from the Dragons on their own try line to put the pressure on and it told straight away when a Sandow long ball found an unmarked Semi Radradra, who improved the position enough for Sandow to snap the conversion for a 6-4 halftime lead.
The Eels shot out of the blocks in the second half with one of the tries of the tournament. A good short ball to rampaging back-rower Tepai Moeroa bent the line back and his last-second offload to a flying Chris Sandow was juggled on the fly seemingly half a dozen times before he finally reeled it in time to send it to Reece Robinson who had a clear run to the line.
The Dragons were able to hit back following a pair of Eels errors when Marshall put impressive youngster Shannon Crook over with a short ball while sliding to the right at the Eels' line to close the gap to 10-8 with four minutes remaining.
A monstrous kick from Sandow on his own 30 sent Glymin running back to his own dead-ball line where Radradra was able to pin him in-goal, but a clever drop out from the Dragons got the ball back.
It proved crucial as a rampaging Nabuli got into space down the left flank was able to produce an amazing late offload to put Marshall over and claim the lead, the side holding on for the final minute to claim a 12-10 win.