Match report: Vodafone Warriors 12-31 St George Illawarra Dragons

In a nutshell
The Warriors threw away a six-point lead at half-time as they slumped to their second successive loss at the beginning of the 2014 NRL season.

How it unfolded
First half: The Warriors led early on, courtesy of Sam Tomkins’ first ever try in the NRL – it is certainly not going to be his last. However, the Dragons hit back, and Mitch Rein’s try was converted by Gareth Widdop to put the visitors 6-4 up. A Jerome Ropati was then converted by Shaun Johnson; before Johnson added a penalty on the stroke of half-time to make it 12-6 at the break.

Second half: That first period was a complete contrast to what would happen next. Two quick Dragons tries – from Adam Quinlan and Gerard Beale – were ran in by the visitors, and a six-point lead for the Warriors had dramatically turned into a deficit of as many points. Further scores from Brett Morris and Ben Creagh then sealed the victory, before a Widdop field goal gave the Dragons even more security. The match however, was overshadowed by yet another serious injury for Warriors man Ben Henry, who could miss the remainder of 2014.