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NRL 2022 LIVE updates: Red V run riot early against Rabbitohs

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Dragons are on fire

Talatau Amone, you little beauty. Highly-rated this young kid and rightly so, he’s turned a three-on-three right-edge raid into points for the Dragons, beating Cameron Murray no less, all ends up.

Amone’s break sends Mikaele Ravalawa over and Lomax’s conversion sends the Dragons out to a double-figure lead. Who’d have thunk that?!

Dragons 12 Rabbitohs 0

Can’t do much about that

Dragons draw first blood

A couple of coach killers from both sides to start – Lachlan Ilias with a knock-on off the kick-off, and then brilliance from the Dragons!

A searching kick low in behind the ruck from Ben Hunt, it turns Alex Johnston inside out with a wicked bounce, Zac Lomax reels it in one-handed and sends Hunt over.

Dragons 6 Rabbitohs 0

We’re under way

And we’re off, Andrew McCullough led the Dragons out carrying his young bub before the home side kicks us off.

The Dragons will be looking to snap a fair old hoodoo against the red and green, the Rabbitohs have won the past eight games between these two clubs. Shades of that horror record they held against the Raiders, which peaked at nine straight losses in 2013.

Alex Johnston meanwhile – he scored his 150th NRL try last week and is gunning for his third straight hat-trick. The last player to do so, the great Matt Utai in 2003

Joey: Run Lachlan, run!

Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns has been an unabashed fan of rookie Rabbitohs half Lachlan Ilias and his transition to NRL the season.

The young No.7 has made a fair fist of stepping into Adam Reynolds’ rather large (metaphorical) shoes, but there’s one aspect of his game that Joey wants to see him take up a notch.

Read Joey’s full column on Ilias, the Rabbitohs-Dragons clash and where Nathan Cleary turns it all around for the Blues here.

300 for the boy from Dalby

A triple ton for Andrew McCullough tonight, one of the game’s more durable and affable characters over the years.

McCullough’s only been at the Dragons since 2021 but has knocked around the NRL since 2008, arriving at the Broncos from Dalby in country Queensland and playing 260 matches for the Queensland powerhouse before joining Newcastle in 2020.

Highlights of his 300-game stint include four Origin appearances, the 2015 grand final and living with Dave Taylor. Highlights of that include ‘nude ping pong’ and Taylor’s signature meal – a full loaf of bread, a full roast chicken and a bottle of tomato sauce. If you want a Dave Taylor yarn, Macca’s your man – well played.

Welcome to Wollongong

Round 15 kicks off in the Illawarra with the Dragons and Rabbitohs either side of the top eight and plenty on the line.

South Sydney are without Latrell Mitchell for one more week after his bout ofCovid-19 put hopes of a Rabbitohs and Origin return on ice. Kodi Nikorima fills in at the back once more as Blake Taaffe slots onto the bench.

Both sides are 1-17 as the Dragons welcome back wingers Mikaele Ravalawa (hamstring) and Mat Feagai (illness). Veteran Andrew McCullough earns a start in his 300th NRL game with Moses Mbye on the bench and Jaydn Su’A also back in the starting side after returning from a long lay-off last week.

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