SYDNEY - Brisbane won a game they had no right to be within shouting distance of as St George Illawarra's impotent attack again stood out like a sore thumb in a 22-6 NRL loss at WIN Stadium on Friday.
Finishing the game with just two fit players on the bench, the Broncos were beaten everywhere but the scoreboard, their desperate goal-line defence assisted by a Dragons side possessing little creativity with ball in hand.
In the end, it was a David Stagg try with 16 minutes remaining that iced a courageous away win, as Justin Hodges (hamstring) and Josh McGuire (calf) watched on injured from the bench.
The sorry effort is sure to increase pressure on Dragons coach Steve Price, while it also highlights just why the red and whites are so keen to snare sacked Canberra fullback Josh Dugan. The Dragons' frustration was evident as prop Michael Weyman remonstrated towards the coach's box as he was pulled from the field in the dying stages.
But as bad as the Dragons were, nothing should take away from a marvellous effort by Brisbane, who were forced to play without Hodges for a spell when he was sin-binned around the halftime break for a professional foul after a try-saving tackle on Brett Morris.
They opened the scoring on five minutes via Ben Hannant - who was tireless after being promoted to the starting line-up. The Dragons were denied a reply via Trent Merrin on video review with Nathan Fien taking out the marker.