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Gasnier sparks Dragons NRL win

By Daniel Pace 01/05/2005 06:51:03 PM Comments (0)

Mark Gasnier just wanted to lie down and recover after setting up a match-turning try for St George Illawarra in the NRL club's come-from-behind 40-32 victory over Wests Tigers at Telstra Stadium.

Gasnier's superb flick pass in the 60th minute allowed Country Origin representative Ben Creagh to cross in the corner for a crucial try that left the Dragons trailing 26-22 and gave them the confidence to push on for victory against a wilting Tigers outfit.

The 23-year-old Gasnier then bagged two tries of his own in a sizzling three-minute period to guide the 13th-placed Dragons to successive wins following their impressive victory over the Sydney Roosters on Anzac Day.

Gasnier did a face plant in the Telstra Stadium turf when he set up Creagh for his try and was understandably dazed when teammates rushed to congratulate him.

"It's not something you plan, it just happens. It was a reaction thing," City Origin centre Gasnier said of his sublime pass.

"When I got up I saw people coming over and my nose was bleeding.

"I just wanted to lay down for a bit."

Coach Nathan Brown was delighted his players were able to fight their way out of trouble for the second week running but disappointed they allowed Wests to lead 24-12 at halftime.

"The Mark Gasnier pass ... I haven't seen a pass that good for a lot of years but we have to get our attitude part right from the start of the game," Brown said.

"Defensively we were really disappointing. The second half we only had the one try scored at the death against us (by prop Todd Payten) but we've got a lot to work on."

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