The Roosters edged out the Dragons 36-20 in what looked like a see-saw clash.
All scores were locked after Dragons fullback Cody Ramsey dispatched Matt Feagay with a brilliant pass, but the Roosters scored three tries in five minutes to take the lead.
Dragons skipper Ben Hunt scored 40/20 tries after playing a starring role in a 10-minute period in the first half.
Hunt’s brilliance followed an “explosive” start from 5-8 Joey Manu, who had a hand in the Roosters’ first two Tests.
But it wasn’t all good news for the Roosters as COCSU’s Takiaho was ruled out of the game to end the loss to HI and then Billy Smith was ruled out with a knee injury in the first half.
The Dragons have had their own injury problems with midfielder Moses Sully sidelined with a leg injury.
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The Giants doubled their lead when Sam Walker drove in from Ben Hunt to score. And two minutes later they went in again through James Tedesco.
In true fashion of this game, the Roosters hit back. Angus Crichton makes a break but is blocked before the line. Joey Manu lifts the ball up and it’s offside.
Being one-man didn’t seem to bother the Dragons as young fullback Cody Ramsey beat the Roosters defender before popping the ball to Mat Fagay.
The Dragons suffered another blow when veteran forward Aaron Woods was out.Imprisoned by sin for professional misconduct.
The Giants went back in front through Connor Watson.
The Dragons equalized through Zach Lomax, who set up Billy Smith. Hunt’s first goal for the Dragons came after an impressive 40/20. Hunt passed the ball to Lomax before the try.
Five minutes later, Lomax scored from the penalty spot to give his team the lead for the first time.
The Dragons got on the board through skipper Ben Hunt in Wednesday’s home decider against Maroons.
Hunt beat four roster players to get the ball down.
“He dragged the Dragons into the game,” said Fox League expert Shane Flanagan.
“He’s been a rogue scorer throughout his career. We often say he scored those tries as a running back like Andrew Jones, but Ben Hunt has 70 career tries.
Seven minutes after setting up the try, Manu dug himself in to extend the Roosters’ lead.
“What can’t he do?” Fox League analyst Andrew Vos said.
Roster stars Joey Manu and Victor Radley scored their first tries against the Dragons at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday. Manu Radley, who was playing five-eighth, went straight down the middle and ran under the posts to score.
The Sydney Roosters host the St George Illawarra Dragons at Central Coast Stadium in an important clash.
Matt Lodge will make his debut for the Roosters in a timely boost, with Lindsey Collins sidelined with a hamstring injury and Jared Warea-Hargreaves sidelined.
Drew Hutchison joins the roster bench.
For the Dragons, Mikaele Ravalawa is out with a hamstring injury and Tautua Moga is in the starting line-up.
Coach Anthony Griffin shuffled the pack ahead of kick-off with Francis Mollo returning to the bench, Jack de Belin switched to full back, Jack Bird to play lock and Billy Burns in the second row.
Origin hero Ben Hunt will be backed in the No.7 jersey, while Blues trio Daniel Tupou, Angus Crichton and James Tedesco will play for the roster.
10th-placed Roosters and 9th-placed Dragons are both desperate to meet in the top eight.
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Chickens: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Billy Smith 4. Paul Momirowski 5. Joseph Suali 6. Joseph Manu 7. Sam Walker 10. Siocyua Takiaho 9. Sam Verrills 16. Nat Butcher 11. Angus Crichton 12. Citi Tuponiu Victor 14. .Conor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 18. Drew Hutchison 19. Matthew Lodge. 18th man: 24. Terrell May
Dragons: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Matthew Fegai 3. Moses Sully 4. Zach Lomax 5. Tautu Moga 6. Tatu Amon 7. Ben Hunt 10. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 13. Jack de Belin 12. Jayden Suah 21. Billy Burns 11 .Jack Bird 8. Francis Molo 14. Moses Mbi 16. Aaron Woods 22. Josh McGuire. 18th man: 18. Michael Molo
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