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TOOMALATAI’S HEROIC FOUR-TRY PERFORMANCE

The St George Dragons surged to top spot of the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup ladder after a dominant 40-0 victory over the Sharks, and they were inspired by an incredible four-try performance from Leanne Toomalatai.

Toomalatai opened the scoring in just the fifth minute of play and would find herself with three consecutive tries within 19 minutes in the second-half to cap off a dynamic individual performance.

The Dragons will now look to build on their first win of the season when they take on the Parramatta Eels this Saturday. 

TOGOMAGA’S FIRST-HALF TREBLE 

The Western Suburbs Magpies UNE SG Ball side bounced back from a tough opening round defeat to the Rabbitohs by recording a comfortable 34-6 win over the Roosters on the back of an electric first-half hat-trick from Piliaau Togamaga.

The livewire fullback caused plenty of havoc in the opening stages with a try after just five minutes of play before repeating his efforts just moments later to grab a quick-fire double.

By the 18-minute mark he had already grabbed his third try of the match, and continued to play a key role in the Magpies first win of the season. 

PSIROUKIS' STELLAR 24-POINT HAUL

We may be just two rounds in to the UNE SG Ball Cup for 2019 but the St George Dragons have made a bold statement to the rest of the competition with a huge 52-4 victory over the West Coast Pirates.

Centre Spiro Psiroukis had a game to remember as he recorded eight conversions and two tries to contribute 24-points of his own. 

The win included a first-half shutout of the Pirates as the Dragons held a 30-0 advantage before continuing their blitz with four tries in the second-half, including two from Stevenson Upulasi. 

The Dragons now set their sights on the Newcastle Knights in search of their third consecutive victory.  

LAST-GASP TRY GIVES EELS THRILLING VICTORY 

Two competition points remained well and truly up for grabs in the final stages of the Eels Round 2 clash against the Steelers but a try to David Tui in the dying stages ensured a thrilling 28-20 victory.

The Eels held a comfortable six-point advantage as the full-time siren drew near before a try to Steelers back-rower Blake Dowel with five minutes remaining reduced the deficit to just two-points.

But Tui, who made a huge impact from the interchange bench with two tries in the second-half, scored the match-sealing try in the 68thminute to help record the Eels second win of the year.