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 St George Illawarra
Next Game: The Season has finished
Dragons late-season NRL fade ends in tears
3 Sep 2017
St George Illawarra have missed out on the NRL finals after they were shocked 26-20 by Canterbury on Sunday.

St George Illawarra's end-of-season fade out has ended in heartache, the Dragons missing the NRL finals after a 26-20 loss to Canterbury on Sunday.

A win would've put the Dragons in the playoffs, but instead Paul McGregor's men became just the third team since the top-eight system was introduced in 1995 to miss the finals after leading at the end of the seventh round.

"I'm gutted; absolutely shattered," McGregor said.

"It shouldn't have come down to today but it did.

"We let a team that couldn't score points put 26 on us. It's not good enough."

The result means North Queensland sneak into the finals in eighth place, despite losing five of their last six games.

They'll play Cronulla, while Manly will host Penrith in the other elimination final.

The Dragons had appeared in control and finals bound when Gareth Widdop slotted a penalty goal with 18 minutes remaining to lead 20-14 at ANZ Stadium.

But the game was back level when Will Hopoate broke downfield to put Aiden Tolman over, and Canterbury suddenly had the lead in the 73rd minute when hooker Michael Lichaa ducked and weaved over from dummy-half.

The off-contract rake had one of his best games during his three-year stint at Canterbury, and was particularly dangerous running the ball from the ruck.

The Dragons tried valiantly to hit back in the last seven minutes but an inability to make last passes stick sealed their fate.

The loss means they finish the season with the highest for-and-against (+83) of any team to miss the finals this century, aside from those stripped points for salary cap breaches.

"It proves we can defend and we can attack, we're just not winning close games," McGregor said.

"There were six sides this year that come to mind that could've went each way, and we didn't win any of them."

The Saints earlier worked their way back into the game after they trailed 14-6 late in the first half.

Winger Jason Nightingale narrowed the margin to two just prior to the break, before fullback Matt Dufty lobbed up in support in the 54th minute to give the Dragons an 18-14 lead.

Their advantage could've been at least eight had Josh Dugan not been held up over the line by Hopoate, who was immense for Canterbury with a try and two assists.

Meanwhile Josh Reynolds' Bulldogs farewell was short-lived after he injured his ankle in scoring the team's opening try. He tried to play on but didn't return after he left the field in the 18th minute.

"It wasn't about me, it wasn't about individuals, it was about getting that win," Reynolds said.

"For all those rounds you play you want to win those games. I'm just really glad the boys come home in the end."

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Last Game: The Dragons lost against the Penrith Panthers 26 - 30 at Penrith Stadium, Australia (5251 days ago)  game results here
 St George Illawarra Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 12 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 60 
 Total Goals: 50 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 661 
 Total Points Against: 573 
 Leagues the St George Illawarra are in
1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Brent Kite, Craig Stapleton, Gary Mcbride, Jason Hooper, Jason Ryles, Lance Thompson, Lee Hookey, Luke Bailey, Luke Felsch, Mark Gasnier, Mark Riddell, Matt Cooper, Nathan Blacklock, Nathan Tutt, Reece Simmonds, Shane Millard, Shaun Timmins, Trent Barrett, Willie Peters,

 Players in 2001
Amos Roberts, Andrew Bobbin, Andrew Hart, Chris Leikvoll, Colin Ward, Craig Smith, Darren Treacy, Jamie Ainscough, Jamie Fitzgerald, Justin Smith, Kieran Kerr, Paul McGregor, Wade Forrester, Wayne Bartrim,

 Players in 2000
Anthony Mundine, Corey Pearson, Daniel Heckenberg, Lee Murphy, Luke Branighan, Luke Patten, Nathan Brown, Robbie Simpson, Terry Lamey,

 Players in 1999
Brad Mackay, Craig Fitzgibbon, Mark Coyne, Rod Wishart,
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Last Results

Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Penrith 30
St George 26


Sunday, 4 May, 2003
St George 28
Sharks 12


Friday, 25 Apr, 2003
St George 24
Sydney City 20


Saturday, 19 Apr, 2003
St George 24
Canterbury 14


Sunday, 13 Apr, 2003
Eagles 38
St George 12


Saturday, 29 Mar, 2003
Canberra 18
St George 14


Sunday, 23 Mar, 2003
St George 30
Parramatta 28


Saturday, 15 Mar, 2003
Wests Tigers 24
St George 20


Saturday, 21 Sep, 2002
Sharks 40
St George 24


Saturday, 14 Sep, 2002
St George 26
Newcastle 22


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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