x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Gasnier powers Dragons

Mark Gasnier scored the match-winner as St George Illawarra powered home to a 16-13 NRL win over South Sydney at ANZ Stadium yesterday.

Mark Gasnier scored the match-winner as St George Illawarra powered home to a 16-13 NRL win over South Sydney at ANZ Stadium yesterday. Gasnier was criticised for his NRL comeback from French rugby against Penrith two weeks ago, but he showed why the Dragons went to so much trouble to get him back by coming up with two clinching plays against the Rabbitohs.

Two magical pieces of ball handling by full-back Josh Hoffman and winger Antonio Winterstein combined to give Brisbane a 24-10 victory over the Gold Coast at Skilled Park last night. The Titans led 10-6 after enjoying a mountain of possession in the opening 40 minutes. But Winterstein's second try following some brilliant play from Hoffman was too much for the Titans. Links with the past were the key to persuading Mick Potter to commit his immediate future to Bradford, the Super League outfit.

The Bulls ended their search for a coach when the 46-year-old Potter, who is to leave St Helens at the end of the season, abandoned plans to return home to Australia and decided instead to go back to the club where he began his coaching career 14 years ago. "It was really tough for me initially because I was going home," said Potter, who is in his second season at Knowsley Road. "But they were very persuasive and I'm happy to stay. I think they are a club that are in the building phase and that probably suits me. I think Steve McNamara has laid a good platform to take them forward.

* Agencies