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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Hunt leads Dragons in Sunday shellacking


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The Dragons have sent Dean Pay’s Bulldogs crashing back down to earth in a monstrous 40-4 shellacking at Jubilee Stadium.

Ben Hunt was the man of the hour as he gave Queensland selectors a reminder of his capacity in the middle of the park, finishing with three try-assists and bagging two of his own much to the delight of the Red V faithful on Sunday afternoon.

His return to form will give the Maroons some peace of mind amid Greg Inglis’ health concerns, but it was nothing but headaches for Dean Pay as his young pack were given a cold dose of reality off the back of two impressive weeks in the NRL.

Reimis Smith found himself on the board for the visitors but it was little less than a consolation with Ben Hunt piling on another of his own four minutes later at the whistle.

Ben Hunt finds form

The impressive rout goes a long way to restoring the faith of a fanbase that watched their side lose their opening two games by double digit margins.

Then they feared the worst when skipper Gareth Widdop went down with another shoulder injury in round three that has scratched him for most of the season.

But in a silver lining to his absence, coach Paul McGregor has been allowed to finally settle a spinal combination that cranked into top gear against the Bulldogs.

His side hasn't lost since Widdop's injury, beginning with consecutive one-point wins before putting on a show for the 13,409 crowd at Kogarah.

Dragons thrash the Bulldogs

Hunt had revamped attack humming from the kickoff, beginning with a 15th-minute try assist for Euan Aitken to score the opener.

Then with the Bulldogs surging into their 20-metre zone, Hunt stripped Rhyse Martin one-on-one before racing 70 metres upfield.

Tim Lafai made it a two-try lead moments later, however Hunt wasn't done.

Continuing to play on the front foot, the Kangaroos representative produced a cutout for Mikaele Ravalawa to make it a commanding 18-0 lead at halftime.

The avalanche continued after the break, with Ravalawa crossing in the 59th minute and Hunt accepted gifts for the final two tries.

First he pounced on an attempted Kerrod Holland offload before doing the same on a Jayden Okbunbor dropped bomb to set up Zac Lomax.

However Hunt saved his best for last, twice getting involved in a remarkable last-minute four-pointer that ended in him scoring under the posts.

The Dragons have sent Dean Pay’s Bulldogs crashing back down to earth in a monstrous 40-4 shellacking at Jubilee Stadium.

Ben Hunt was the man of the hour as he gave Queensland selectors a reminder of his capacity in the middle of the park, finishing with three try-assists and bagging two of his own much to the delight of the Red V faithful on Sunday afternoon.

His return to form will give the Maroons some peace of mind amid Greg Inglis’ health concerns, but it was nothing but headaches for Dean Pay as his young pack were given a cold dose of reality off the back of two impressive weeks in the NRL.

Reimis Smith found himself on the board for the visitors but it was little less than a consolation with Ben Hunt piling on another of his own four minutes later at the whistle.

Ben Hunt finds form

The impressive rout goes a long way to restoring the faith of a fanbase that watched their side lose their opening two games by double digit margins.

Then they feared the worst when skipper Gareth Widdop went down with another shoulder injury in round three that has scratched him for most of the season.

But in a silver lining to his absence, coach Paul McGregor has been allowed to finally settle a spinal combination that cranked into top gear against the Bulldogs.

His side hasn't lost since Widdop's injury, beginning with consecutive one-point wins before putting on a show for the 13,409 crowd at Kogarah.

Dragons thrash the Bulldogs

Hunt had revamped attack humming from the kickoff, beginning with a 15th-minute try assist for Euan Aitken to score the opener.

Then with the Bulldogs surging into their 20-metre zone, Hunt stripped Rhyse Martin one-on-one before racing 70 metres upfield.

Tim Lafai made it a two-try lead moments later, however Hunt wasn't done.

Continuing to play on the front foot, the Kangaroos representative produced a cutout for Mikaele Ravalawa to make it a commanding 18-0 lead at halftime.

The avalanche continued after the break, with Ravalawa crossing in the 59th minute and Hunt accepted gifts for the final two tries.

First he pounced on an attempted Kerrod Holland offload before doing the same on a Jayden Okbunbor dropped bomb to set up Zac Lomax.

However Hunt saved his best for last, twice getting involved in a remarkable last-minute four-pointer that ended in him scoring under the posts.

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