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Summary

  1. Tyson Frizell goes over for the visitors inside the first two minutes
  2. Gareth O'Brien breaks away and converts his try to level before Joel Thompson puts St George back in front
  3. Ryan Atkins runs in to keep Warrington in contention
  4. O'Brien's goal levels the game for a second time before Josh Dugan wins it for St George
  5. Wigan Warriors v Brisbane Broncos (19:45 GMT) on Saturday and St Helens v South Sydney Rabbitohs (19:00 GMT) on Sunday to come.

Live Reporting

By Steve Marshall

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's just about it from us for this evening. Thank you for your company and I hope you enjoyed the game as much as we did.

Remember, we'll be back tomorrow evening for the second instalment of the World Club Series as Wigan Warriors take on Brisbane Broncos at the DW Stadium.

Then on Sunday, Super League champions St Helens face NRL premiers South Sydney Rabbitohs, whose owner Russell Crowe is expected to be in attendance at Langtree Park.

Until tomorrow, goodbye.

Watch the highlights

If you can't keep in touch with all the World Club Series action over the weekend you can catch up with all the goings-on on the BBC's Super League Show.

And, in a first, on Sunday, the show will go out across the whole of the UK on BBC One at 23:40 GMT, featuring highlights from that night's World Club Challenge between St Helens and South Sydney and a round-up of tonight's and tomorrow's games.

The programme will then be repeated in its normal slots, on Monday night at 23:45 GMT across the north of England on BBC One, and then on Tuesday on BBC Two at 13:05 GMT. It will also be available on the BBC iPlayer.

Warrington 12-18 St George Illawarra

Asked about the high tackles, Warrington coach Tony Smith told Sky Sports: "I thought the referee was trying to go through the game without giving a penalty.

"I don't like to see anyone sent-off but having seen that I would hate to be Patrick Ah Van."

Widnes winger Ah Van, remember, was sent off for a high tackle on Wigan's Josh Charnley during the opening game of this season's Super League.

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Warrington stand-off Gareth O'Brien told Sky Sports: "We were in the game but I thought our contact was a bit off tonight and we were disappointed to concede the tries we did.

"We have got plenty to work on for next week. They got us on the back foot and that is something we need to work on.

"We really wanted to put on a good performance but I thought we were a bit loose defensively."

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Dragons full-back Josh Dugan told Sky Sports: "Warrington are a great side and they made us work for it.

"We trained well all week and wanted to build off our training and put on a show for the crowd. It was an unreal atmosphere to play in and a great performance for our boys."

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Ray French

BBC Radio Merseyside at the Halliwell Jones Stadium

"It was a good game and I think St George just about deserved to edge it. It's a very good start to the World Club Series."

Full time

Warrington 12-18 St George Illawarra

Indeed it is. St George Illawarra successfully run down the clock, the hooter goes and it's first blood to the NRL in the World Club Series.

Warrington 12-18 St George Illawarra

That's frustrating for Warrington. Referee Ben Thaler pulls up Ryan Atkins for knocking on but then awards a penalty against the Warrington man for back chat.

The TV replay tells you why Atkins was angry. The ball was knocked out of his hands by a Dragons player and it should have been a penalty for Wolves.

You sense that's their last chance gone.

Warrington 12-18 St George Illawarra

As the Dragons move the ball back to halfway, Benji Marshall tries his luck with a long-distance drop-goal but his effort drifts wide of the right-hand post.

Warrington 12-18 St George Illawarra

Allan Rooney

BBC Radio Merseyside at the Halliwell Jones Stadium

"Warrington have not got through their sets enough tonight and that has been their undoing."

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Daryl Clark goes for the line but the Dragons read his dart.

But Warrington move the ball right but Joel Monaghan can't gather the ball as he tries to dive for the corner and the chance is gone.

Warrington 12-18 St George Illawarra

You sense Warrington need a penalty and they are gifted one.

Gareth O'Brien lofts a high kick and Joel Monaghan is obstructed as he tries to challenge Eto Nabuli.

This could be Warrington's chance.

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BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright at the Halliwell Jones Stadium: "Wigan v Brisbane and St Helens v South Sydney over the weekend - more of the same, please. This has been an enthralling contest."

Warrington 12-18 St George Illawarra

Benji Marshall is starting to run this game, and Kevin Penny can only bat another delicious kick out behind the in-goal area.

Wire are let off, though, as Marshall foolishly barges into Penny to gift the hosts a penalty.

Warrington move the ball upfield but then opt to kick off the fourth tackle and Eto Nabuli gathers over his shoulder under little pressure and the threat is gone.

Warrington 12-18 St George Illawarra

To be fair to the NRL side, that try was no more than they deserved for their pressure in the opening 25 minutes of the second half.

And they have Warrington under pressure again but the hosts do just enough to keep the Dragons out. You sense the home side are tiring though.

TRY

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That's quite a response from St George Illawarra. Hooker Mitch Rein does the hard work with a bulldozing run.

Then, from a quick play the ball, Wolves are undone by a fine reverse kick from Benji Marshall, which Josh Dugan gathers before spinning off a tackle to touch down.

Gareth Widdop kicks a simple conversion and Dragons lead by six.

The question is, though, should Marshall still have been on the pitch to work his magic?

PENALTY

Warrington 12-12 St George Illawarra (pen O'Brien)

Fair play to Gareth O'Brien, who dusts himself down to land a simple penalty from in front of the posts and we're all square.

Warrington 12-12 St George Illawarra

Ray French

BBC Radio Merseyside at the Halliwell Jones Stadium

"He must go off for that. I just can not see how he has not sent him off there. That is ridiculous refereeing. I'm sorry but what do you have to do to get sent off for a high tackle?"

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Ouch! That's another high tackle on a Warrington player as Gareth O'Brien is taken out by Benji Marshall.

It's an obvious penalty but once again referee Ben Thaler keeps his cards in his pocket. St George Illawarra are lucky not to be down to 12.

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Warrington have had to do a lot of defending so far but finally get the ball inside the Dragons half.

Kevin Penny dances in and out of tackles as he runs across the field. But that run gives Richie Myler the chance to hoist the bomb which Eto Nabuli gathers inside his own in-goal area. Dragons must drop-out.

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BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright at the Halliwell Jones Stadium: "Loved the reaction when a massive Ben Westwood hit forced Rory O'Brien to spill the ball there. Every Warrington player, to a man, raced to the veteran Warrington forward to pass on their gratitude. It ended a long period of St George pressure, which the hosts have emerged from unscathed."

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At last, play is inside the St George Illawarra half - but not for long as another Warrington error hands possession back to the visitors.

That's good hands from the Dragons but Benji Marshall is obstructed by his own team-mate and Warrington have a penalty.

It's wasted, though, as they fail to find touch and the Dragons are again handed good field position.

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That was a close call for Wolves. Jason Nightingale gathers a high bomb five metres from the Warrington line, but in trying to offload to Dylan Farrell the balls goes forward.

But Warrington just can't get it clear. Micky Higham knocks on and Wire are under pressure once more... well they are until Ben Westwood forces Rory O'Brien to fumble the ball and the hosts have it back.

No yellow card?

Just in case you missed the major talking point of the first half. St George's Eto Nabuli escaped a yellow card for this high tackle on Kevin Penny... You'd have to say he was lucky. To say the least.

Eto Nabuli tackles Kevin Penny
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This second half has been mostly played in the Warrington half so far, and Wolves will start again with a scrum inside their 20-metre line.

Gareth O'Brien's pass is ruled to have gone forward on the fifth tackle and Dragons will get the ball back at another scrum inside the Wolves half.

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St George will set up camp nine metres from the Wolves line. On the last tackle, Josh Dugan darts through a gap in the line and looks certain to score.

But Rhys Evans not only gets his tackle in but gets his body between Dugan and the ground and the Dragons full-back can't touch down. Brilliant defence.

Kick-off

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We're back under way. Gareth O'Brien kicks long, Josh Dugan gathers and the Dragons will start their first set of six of the second 40 minutes.

It ends with Benji Marshall kicking the ball deep and Rhys Evans has to gather inside his own in-goal area.

Warrington can't get the ball clear and Kevin Penny has to touch the ball down, meaning Wolves will have to drop-out from under their sticks.

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Nathan: "Nabuli should have undoubtedly been sinbinned - awful tackle! Not complaining though as a Saints fan - go St George!"

So Nathan thinks Eto Nabuli should have seen a yellow for his high tackle on Kevin Penny. What do you think? And can Warrington turn it around in the second half?

Let us know what you think by using #bbcrl on Twitter.

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BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright at the Halliwell Jones Stadium: "Well, where do we start with that first half?

"Eto Nabuli's high shot on Kevin Penny was the most controversial moment, for sure. It's a mystery to the home crowd how he avoided more serious punishment than just a penalty.

"Warrington have certainly given as good as they have got in the first 40 minutes, enjoying long spells of pressure and getting St George rocking in the closing stages. I can only recall the visitors having two serious chances for tries and they have taken both in clinical fashion."

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So, what do you make of that then? And who do you think is going to win it from here?

It's certainly been entertaining but should Eto Nabuli been shown a yellow card for that high tackle on Kevin Penny?

Let us know what you think by using #bbcrl on Twitter.

Half-time

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So, one missed kick at goal separates the sides at half-time in what has been an enthralling contest.

It's anyone's game, but you would imagine Warrington coach Tony Smith would be disappointed that his side have been punished for two defensive lapses.

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Wolves have the ball back and will have one last go after gathering the drop-out.

Ben Currie tries to slide a kick through after the hooter has gone, but New Zealand international Jason Nightingale gathers the loose ball and that will be half-time.

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Allan Rooney

BBC Radio Merseyside at the Halliwell Jones Stadium

"I think that should have been a penalty try. Rhys Evans would have scored there and he was held back. I think Warrington have been badly done to there."

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Ben Westwood and Micky Higham are both repelled by the St George Illawarra defence. Warrington are getting further away from the line.

Richie Myler hangs the kick high but the ball bounces off the shoulder of Eto Nabuli and the Dragons have a goal-line drop-out.

Warrington 10-12 St George Illawarra

Gary Wheeler almost steps out of a tackle, but gets far enough to ensure Warrington are on the front foot.

Once again the ball goes goes high but as it bounces inside the Dragons' 10-metre line it looks like Wolves' Rhys Evans is pulled back.

Warrington will have a penalty and time for one set of six.

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Warrington have used the high kick successfully over the past few seasons, but the Dragons are defending it well.

Richie Myler boots another one high at the end of another set and, not for the first time, Josh Dugan gobbles it up.

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Ray French

BBC Radio Merseyside at the Halliwell Jones Stadium

"This is getting tasty now. That high tackle has really incensed the home crowd."

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BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright at the Halliwell Jones Stadium: "Not sure how Eto Nabuli escaped punishment there. He clotheslined Kevin Penny WWE-style and Penny seemed to hang in mid-air for an age. Ben Thaler's decision incensed the home crowd, as you can imagine, but they were soon on their feet to acclaim a Ryan Atkins try."