NATHAN Green’s last semi-final series was part of Renown United’s under-18 premiership win a few seasons ago.
Now the St George Illawarra centre is hoping to recapture that title-winning feeling after starring for the Dragons in their 46-20 win against minor premiers Canterbury on Friday afternoon.
‘‘Now I’ve got a taste of finals footy, I don’t want it to stop,’’ Green said.
Left motionless in the opening stages of the match, it seemed Green’s hopes of playing any further part in the match were dashed.
As a medicab came to assist him from the field, Green stood up and played on, culminating in two tries for the Dragons.
‘‘It was a head knock near the ear,’’ Green said. ‘‘It wasn’t too bad and I knew the boys needed me and it was a big game. I wanted to play well and was trying to do my best for the team.’’
Green described the Dragons first half, where they led 18-6 at the break, as their best of the season.
They replicated that form in the second 40 minutes, scoring five tries to three, and giving the eighth-placed Dragons a shock win.
‘‘We didn’t look at ourselves as being eighth,’’ Green said. ‘‘Our second half of the year was probably second to none and we knew if we could get in the eight we could give it a shake.’’
And give it a shake they have. The Dragons win now pits them in a grand-final qualifying match against Canberra on Saturday afternoon.
Green, who played five top grade games this year, along with Jack Stockwell (three) are the only Dragons to have played NRLfrom the under-20s this year.
‘‘Jamie Soward has really looked after me and is making sure my head is right and to make sure I prepare the best I can to help these boys out,’’ Green said.
‘‘I always try and bring the things I learnt in first grade back to the 20s and try and bring my leadership on the field.
‘‘I’m not too much of a talker before the game but I try and lead by example.’’
Green, Craig Garvey, Adam Quinlan and Blake Phillips were among the best for the Dragons.
DRAGONS 46 Adam Quinlan 3, Blake Phillips 2, Nathan Green 2, Craig Garvey tries; Quinlan 7 goals d BULLDOGS 20 Edward Murphy 2, Patrick Templeman, David Minute tries; Templeman 2 goals.
Happy hooker: St George Illawarra under-20 players rally around hooker Craig Garvey who scored the opening try on Friday afternoon. Picture: John Veage
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