For Griffin, Ramsey’s treat hurts the Warriors even more as a dragon

St. George’s Elvara coach Anthony Griffin may have found the answer to his fullback dilemma after Cody Ramsey’s electric display helped the Dragons to a 24-18 win over the Warriors.

In front of 7147 fans at the rain-soaked Jubilee Oval, Ramsey returned from a hamstring injury in Round Three and climbed comfortably to the No. 1 jumper, scoring one and setting up another.

Griffin played that role with Tyrell Sloan and Mojes Mbay earlier this year, but Ramsay saw every part of the NRL fullback on the Dragons side who moved up 10 places to the stairs with Saturday’s victory.

Harty has extended a month of mourning for the Warriors, who have won just one of their last five under coach Nathan Brown.

The home side started in the best possible fashion when Warriors halfback Shawn Johnson dropped the first kick-off of the afternoon, allowing Jack Lomax to touch for the Red V in the next set.

But from there the warriors were on top. Johnson scored a goal of his own and sent two aerial kicks to Dalin Watene-Zelezniak to bat back on the field to touch William Vilia.

The only reaction Ramsey can give Dragon is because he bursts into the line and slips through the Warriors’ weak defense to make his first attempt of the season.

St. George Ilawara trailed 14-12 at the break and the Warriors wanted to move away when Watene-Zelezniak crossed for his first game in the afternoon.

Fullback Reese Walsh’s mistake with the boot – he kicked one out of four – proved it to undo the Warriors. They also lost star prop Aidin Fonua-Blake to injury.

This means that when NRL debutant Michael Mollo barges over the line from a nearby range, the dragons become equal after the Lomax transformation.

Rams threatened him whenever he brought the ball back from the backfield, and a shift play on the right end of the Dragons allowed him to explode upwards in the game which broke the game.

Behind Ramsey’s break, Lomax found his way along the line. He missed his conversion but added a penalty to make it 24-18 with 10 minutes left.

Despite fears from the Warriors late in the last 30 seconds, Griffin’s side are holding on for their fifth win of the season.


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