NRL

Dragons shock local rivals Cronulla

A Euan Aitken double has fired St George Illawarra to a surprise 16-10 NRL win over local rivals Cronulla at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Sunday.

Widely tipped to be cellar dwellers this year, it was Paul McGregor's side's second win of the year as they held off wave after wave of Sharks attack to claim a confidence-boosting victory.

The Sharks had 37 tackles inside the opposition 20m zone, compared with the Dragons' 21, and enjoyed 59 per cent of possession.

Five times they crossed the line but ultimately only had two four-pointers to show for it.

After the Sharks lost just one match at Shark Park last year, they are now 0-2 at their home ground after three rounds.

AAP