Dragons beaten at their own game, in-form Sharks win again
St George Illawarra Dragons coach Paul McGregor said his league leaders were given a taste of their own medicine as they suffered defeat for only the second time in 2018, at the hands of South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Early tries from Hymel Hunt and Angus Crichton set the Rabbitohs on their way to a 24-10 win at ANZ Stadium, with two late tries from Tyson Frizell proving in vain for the Dragons as Campbell Graham and Greg Inglis also crossed for the hosts.
"We've been winning games through forcing errors on the opposition and they turned that around today and did a little bit of that on us so full credit to them," said McGregor.
"We had a few blokes that didn't train through the week and that's the first time that's happened [this season], but that's not an excuse."
Injuries to Ben Hunt (thigh) and Jack De Belin (hip) did not help St George, who remain top of the table. The Rabbitohs are up to fifth.
Sunday's other fixtures saw Cronulla Sharks join South Sydney on 12 points from 10 games with a 24-16 win over Canberra Raiders.
Valentine Holmes crossed twice for the Sharks, who have now won four matches in a row, while Andrew Fifita also impressed.