Lewis Dodd hits back at critics after drop goal stuns Australian Champions

St Helens are Champions of the World thanks to a Lewis Dodd drop goal that defeated Penrith Panthers in golden point extra time.

The Saints led 10-0 at the break thanks to tries from Jack Welsby and Konrad Hurrell.

They moved further clear with a Lewis Dodd penalty to make it 12-0 however the Panthers then battled back with tries from Taylan May and Brian To’o.

To’o’s try came late after two drop goal attempts were missed by the Saints.

So, the game went to extra time but this time Dodd nailed the one pointer after a Stephen Crichton knock on.

Dodd spoke immediately after the game and had a cheeky jab at all those who wrote the Saints off.

He told Fox: “We had been written off all week, I’m just so happy. It is a privilege working with these boys.

“I am so proud of these boys.”

When asked about the drop goal, Dodd said:

“I knew that was going over, it was great work by Al, giving me a fast one. We don’t do things for ourselves, we do them for the people around us.

“We have a simple game plan but it’s hard work.”

Now the Saints can call themselves the Champions of the World.

A deserved accolade for a team that has truly dominated Super League for the last half a decade.

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