Live updates: NRL 2021 - NZ Warriors v St George-Illawarra Dragons from Sydney

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Warriors 20  Dragons 14 


That's it! The Warriors snap their losing run, and they've done it in style!

79 mins

The Dragons are desperate. They get through their set before kicking on the last, but Maumalo climbs highest to pluck the ball out of the air. The Warriors win a penalty for good measure too!

Tevaga stripped by McCullough.

77 mins

The Dragons go 53m from their set. They kick through for Ravalawa, but RTS takes the ball dead to force a dropout.

76 mins

Pompey limps from the field, but the Warriors will restart with the ball on the Dragons' 20. 

Tuivasa-Sheck goes close on the second, but he's tackled. O'Sullivan and Curran combine. They kick on the last, but Bird comes away with the ball after beating RTS in the air.

Set restart for the Dragons too, the call going against Murdoch-Masila.

74 mins

Harris is back on the field, he's passed his concussion test. Nikorima wins the ball as Ramsey is tackled into touch. 

Nikorima runs on the last, before firing an offload out the back to no one. Turner does well to make some ground before O'Sullivan kicks.

The Dragons try to run out of danger through Ravalawa, but Maumalo turns the ball over!

Play is stomped to check the strip, but Pompey is staying down hurt now.

70 mins - PEN WARRIORS

Penalty against the Dragons, offside called. The Warriors want the points, and Nikorima will take a shot at goal.

And his wobbly effort comes back through the uprights! The Warriors lead by a converted try.

(WAR 20 DRA 14)

67 mins - TRY WARRIORS

The Dragons try the short dropout again, but this time Pompey's onto it.

The Warriors move to the right, where Tuivasa-Sheck slips past Bird, and explodes past two more defenders to score!

Nikorima with the conversion, and gets it.

(WAR 18 DRA 14)

66 mins 

Dufty loses the ball in contact and Tevaga pounces on it. Tevaga's staying down though.

The Warriors work forward through Murdoch-Masila. O'Sullivan kicks on the last, Lomax claims the ball, but Curran tackles him in-goal for a dropout.

62 mins - TRY DRAGONS

The Dragons attack from inside the Warriors' 20. Clume kicks through, and out of nowhere Dufty beats O'Sullivan to score! First points of the second half, and we're all square.

Lomax can put the Dragons in front with the kick still to come. He should get this, and does.

(WAR 12 DRA 14)

59 mins

Harris is staying down, he looks like he's taken a headknock - this could be a huge loss if he can't return. 

58 mins

The Dragons attack from their scrum, and go wide to Ramsey but the Warriors defend. 

They go to the other wing through Lomax, but again the Warriors defend. 

Norman kicks on the last, as Sims beats Turner in the air, but the Dragons forward is tackled to bring the set to an end.

57 mins

Nikorima kicks on the Warriors' last, and after a scramble, the Dragons attack. Ravalawa makes ground down the wing, before the Dragons bring the ball back infield. 

Clume takes the line on, but his attempted pass is to no one. Harris claims the loose ball, but the call is Dragons' scrum.

52 mins

Montoya does well to force a line dropout after he chips and chases over the top. Dufty gets back to ground the ball first though.

Norman goes short with his dropout, and after a clash in the air, the ball ends up on the Dragons' side.

47 mins

Maguire goes close to the Warriors' tryline and wins a set restart for his troubles.

The Warriors defend well, before McCullough dives at the line on the fifth and claims a try. He doesn't look confident, but we'll check with the bunker. It looks like the ball's been held up, no try but we'll restart with two plays left in the set.

Norman kicks on the last, out to Ramsey's wing. He tries to pat it back in for bird, but a forward pass is called - the Dragons use their captain's challenge.

It looks like the call will stand, and it does.

44 mins

RTS splits the Dragons' defence on the Warriors' last, and sprints upfield. He puts a kick through into the in-goal on the last, as Egan races through to dive on the ball, but did he get there in time?

We'll go to the bunker, but it looks like the ball went dead first. It has, no try the call.

43 mins

Harris carries the ball over halfway on the Warriors' fourth, before RTS gets to the 30 on the fifth. Turner puts a bomb up on the last, but Ravalawa holds on.

41 mins

The Warriors are the first team out of the sheds for the second half, Maumalo has returned to the field, so hopefully he's over whatever was wrong in the first half.

The Warriors kick off to start the second half.


The Warriors keep the Dragons at bay to end the half with a four point lead.

38 mins 

Warriors' scrum inside Dragons territory. They go right as Turner tries to step through. Egan runs on the fourth, and wins a set restart. 

The Warriors go to the other side as Curran tries his luck. RTS nearly puts O'Sullivan away. 

Turner kicks on the third though, and the Dragons come away with the ball. 

34 mins

Maumalo looks in trouble now - the Warriors are already without Hiku for the rest of the game. 

O'Sullivan kicks on the Warriors' last, but Ravalawa can pick it up in the corner uncontested.

32 mins - TRY DRAGONS

Penalty for the Dragons, as Bird runs into Montoya - that's a soft call against the Warriors. The Dragons will start their attack in a great position though.

The Warriors defend well, to get the Dragons to the last tackle. But they go wide to Ravalawa, who dives for the corner, and holds off Maumalo's attempted tackle to ground the ball. 

Incredible display of strength from Ravalawa. 

Lomax to kick from the right touchline now, he shapes it with the outside of his boot, but the ball comes back too far.

(WAR 12 DRA 8)

27 mins

Warriors' scrum, inside their own half. Ah Mau comes on and drives up the middle. Murdoch-Masila does well again on the fourth, before Nikorima puts up a high kick on the last.

Ramsey takes it safely though.

24 mins

The Warriors have the ball inside their own half. Harris runs the ball to the 40, before the Warriors go to the right edge. O'Sullivan nearly puts Curran through a gap on the fourth, before a scramble on the last.

Egan tries to kick over the top after O'Sullivan's attempted off-load went to ground, but the ball bounces dead.

Knock-on called against the Dragons, but they'll use their captain's challenge. The call is rescinded, no knock on the call, but the Warriors had kicked it dead anyway.

20 mins

The Dragons attack down the Warriors' right again, before Tuivasa-Sheck tidies up an attempted kick through the line.

15 mins - TRY WARRIORS

Penalty against the Dragons, offside called against Vaughan. 

The Warriors can run as Pompey takes the ball to the 40. Nikorima tries a kick through on the fourth, and Dufty misses the attempted grounding!

Turner gets to the bouncing ball and scores! The referee wants to check with the bunker - claims that Dufty's grounded it.

Replays look like he's missed it, and the try stands.

Nikorima converts.

(WAR 12 DRA 4)

13 mins - TRY WARRIORS

The Warriors go quickly after hthe penalty, before Egan puts Tohu Harris over with a quick dummy and pass. Harris spins out Clune's tackle to score.

Nikorima will take the kick from right in front, and gets it.

(WAR 6 DRA 4)

12 mins

Norman tries a 40-20, but wasn't actually in the 40. Warriors' restart.

The Warriors win a set restart as they pass halfway. O'Sullivan hits Taunoa-Brown with a flat pass, before Turner wins a penalty in the play-the-ball.

Great chance here. Nikorima is smashed by Sims, and the Warriors get another penalty. Murdoch-Masila was tackled without the ball.

8 mins - TRY DRAGONS

We're hearing that Hiku's in fact suffered a dislocated shoulder, rather than a break.

The Dragons have a penalty after Evans is called for a shoulder charge. The Dragons go wide to Ramsey and he scores a simple try. 

Lomax lines up his first kick of the afternoon, and he hits the post.

(WAR 0 DRA 4)

6 mins

Uh oh. Play is stopped. Hiku's stayed down in back play, and he's limping from the field with his arm looking in real strife.

That has to be a broken arm. Such a shame for Hiku, only coming back into the side today. 

Play resumes with the Dragons.

6 mins

Pompey holds off two defenders as he runs into the Dragons' 30. Murdoch-Masila makes more good metres.

They go wide to the right on the fourth, before O'Sullivan goes to the air. Hiku can't win the ball though, and the Dragons can start their attack from their own tryline.

4 mins

Norman kicks on the Dragons' last, and Tuivasa-Sheck takes it cleanly in the air. 

Maumalo takes some stopping, and wins a set restart as the Warriors get to the 40. They get past halfway on the third. O'Sullivan and Nikorima combine to feed RTS, who's tackled.

Nikorima kicks on the last, but the Dragons see off any danger.

2 mins

Maumalo, Harris and Taunoa-Brown all make runs, before Murdoch-Masila gets the ball to halfway on the fourth. O'Sullivan kicks on the last, where Dufty takes it on the full.

The Dragons can have their first attack.


We're away in Sydney! The Dragons kick to the Warriors to get started.


And now McCullough and the Dragons emerge, can they keep their hot run of form going?


RTS leads the Warriors out of the tunnel, as he reaches his 100th game for the club in his last season.


Good afternoon! Just confirming the Warriors' starting side, Montoya will play on the wing, despite being named in the No.4 jersey, swapping with Hiku, who'll start at centre.

Elsewhere, Kane Evans starts at prop alongside Jamayne Taunoa-Brown. Ben Murdoch-Masila comes in to start in the second row, with Tohu Harris moving to lock, after he was named to play in the front row.


Kia ora, and welcome to Newshub's coverage of this NRL round-six clash between NZ Warriors and the St. George Illawarra Dragons at Sydney's Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will play his 100th game for the Warriors, which will see the return of several key players. 

Peta Hiku returns after a two-week stint in the casualty ward, while Bunty Afoa returns from suspension, as has Jamayne Tanoua-Brown, both named on an extended bench.

Tuivasa-Sheck becomes the 26th player to reach the milestone for the club just a week after winger Ken Maumalo achieved the feat against Manly-Warringah last time out. 

The Warriors will be hoping for a change of fortune after disappointing losses to the Syndey Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles.

The Kiwi side languishes in 11th on the points table and need a win to stay in touch with the top eight. 

The Dragons are the surprise pick of the competition. After being tipped by many to claim the wooden spoon, they have won four on the bounce after losing their season opener to have them in sixth place. 

Playing under new coach Anthony Griffin - who has never missed the top eight as coach in his seven-seasons coaching - the Dragons are coming off an impressive victory over the Parramatta Eels. 

Live updates: NRL 2021 - NZ Warriors v St George-Illawarra Dragons from Sydney

The Dragons have been the Warriors’ most challenging opponents in the club’s history with St George heading the win ledger 21-9 in the 30 encounters between the two sides since they first met in 1999.

However, the Warriors have won the last four straight, starting with a 20-12 success at Mount Smart Stadium in 2016 followed by the historic 18-12 win in Wollongong in 2018, a 26-18 triumph in the Magic Round in Brisbane in 2019 and an 18-0 shutout in Gosford last year.

TAB odds:

Warriors $2.65 Dragons $1.45

Warriors: 1-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2-Pita Hiku, 3-Adam Pompey, 4-Marcelo Montoya, 5-Ken Maumalo, 6-Kodi Nikorima, 7-Sean O'Sullivan, 8-Leeson Ah Mau, 9-Wayde Egan, 10-Tohu Harris, 11-Josh Curran, 12-Jack Murchie, 13-Jazz Tevaga

Bench: 14-Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15-Bunty Afoa, 16-Kane Evans, 17-Paul Turner, 18-Rocco Berry, 21-Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

Dragons: 1-Matthew Dufty, 2-Cody Ramsey, 3-Jack Bird, 4-Zac Lomax, 5-Mikaele Ravalawa, 6-Corey Norman, 7-Adam Clune, 10-Paul Vaughan, 9-Andrew McCullough (c), 15-Trent Merrin, 11-Josh Kerr, 12-Tariq Sims, 13-Tyrell Fuimaono

Bench: 14-Kaide Ellis, 16-Daniel Alvaro, 17-Brayden Wiliame, 18-Jackson Ford, 19-Billy Burns 20-Josh McGuire

How Perenara would fit at Roosters - SBW 

TJ Perenara would be best utilised as a utility playmaker if he switched from rugby union to league, according to former All Blacks teammate Sonny Bill Williams.

Perenara, 29, is reportedly in discussions with the Sydney Roosters, and is said to be weighing up a switch to the 13-man code as his NZ Rugby contract comes to an end at the end of 2021.

But if Perenara needs inspiration to swap codes, he needn't look any further than Williams, who switched between the two codes more than once over his career - including playing for the Roosters from 2013-14, and again in 2020.

Perenara has reportedly been offered a one-year contract with the Roosters worth NZ$140,000 to replace the recently retired Jake Friend at hooker.

TJ Perenara and Sonny Bill Williams.
TJ Perenara and Sonny Bill Williams. Photo credit: Getty

Speaking on Channel Nine, Williams detailed exactly how and where he saw Perenara fitting in, should he opt to take up a deal with the Roosters.

"I would see him as a hybrid," Williams said of Perenara playing rugby league. "Initially as that No 14 player that can come on at hooker or play at No 6.

"The energy he brings to a team, his fitness, his strength physically - I think he would make a great rugby league player."

Williams also revealed that he'd been in talks with Perenara, and that the All Blacks halfback could cross codes "soon".

"What a special addition that would be," Williams said.

"I know him personally and if he came over here he would be under no illusion the work that would need to be put in to be a successful rugby league player.

"He comes from a league background. I've talked to him at length about how much he loves rugby league and he would love to give it a crack one day.

"Most likely we will see him soon, hopefully."