17 Aug 2010

Dragons close in on minor Premiership

5:57 am on 17 August 2010

St George Illawarra have all but claimed the National Rugby League minor premiership following a 32-10 victory over Manly at Kogarah Oval.

The Dragons hold a four-point advantage with three rounds remaining, their pursuit of a second straight minor premiership aided by the six tries to two triumph.

The defeat cost the Sea Eagles a chance to join the top four and they remain in seventh place, ahead of Brisbane only via a superior for-and-against.

The refereeing performance added to the grave concern about the state of the NRL's officiating with both sides awarded dubious tries.

The Warriors are 6th.