Eels game.

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  1. blacksafake

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    I heard Piggy Riddell on radio this morning say that L plate should have rested players from the tigers game.L plate is obviously the only one who can't see this.
     
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  2. Dennis Papaioannou

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    Or they are creating a structure to expose our backline deficiencies. Their back line is potent and will surely test us.
     
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  3. Gareth67

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    blacksafake , if anyone would know then it certainly would be Piggy , he strikes me as the type that would say exactly what was on his mind - a kind of straight talking chap , very similar to that magic boot of his .
     
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  4. muzby

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    You would set up a team that gives you the best chance of winning, regardless of your opposition.

    You then set up a game plan to expose weaknesses in the opposition, not the other way round.

    If you chop & change the team week in week out based on who you are playing, that’s a recipe for disaster.
     
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  5. LINESPEED

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    We're dealing with a moderate to severe personality disorder, so all the rabid decisions go with the territory.
    He was Daley's sidekick and learned to buy player loyalty by sacking no one, despite form. Thus the NSW SOO debacle was exacerbated - as is ours now.
    Other coaches make logical and constructive decisions based largely on strategic thinking that offers the best chance of winning games.
    This guy has never transitioned from waterboy because that's where his IQ comfortably landed him - and that fact is patently obvious to any layman watching the contortions of his press conferences.
    Totally out of his depth & afraid - and the players know it & it rubs off. Ask Mick Potter what he was like to room with - clothes for the next 7 days all laid out in meticulous order.
    Like an unchanged team sheet for a season.
    For the Chosen Ones it's
    fearless Easy Street and the narcotic calm of Status Quo.
    For the kids it's hell in the mock rotations of 18 thru 23.
    For us, well, we all know the truth & must endure the misery that is this man. Poor bugger really, and a shame & one suspects the wider NRL no longer warms to this now annual sideshow.
    No bellylaughs now.
    More like condolences
    And yes the crickets in the darkness behind the Taj.
     
  6. getsmarty

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    Dragons hit reset button ahead of final month
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    MERCURY. NEWS. St George Illawarra Dragons back in training. 11 January 2018 . Picture: Sylvia Liber.

    HE can’t quite call it a best laid plan, but Dragons coach Paul McGregor admits a Central Coast getaway ahead of this week’s clash with Parramatta came at the perfect time.

    McGregor and his staff scheduled a mini-camp in Terrigal six weeks ago, anticipating his side would need a freshen up for the final month of the season.

    It’s unlikely they knew just how timely it would prove, with the trip coming hot on the heels of last Saturday’s loss to the Warriors – their fourth from their last five games.

    The slump, and it’s mirroring of recent history, would see most sides wracking their brains searching for a fix, but McGregor has encouraged his to do the opposite away from the training paddock.

    “It was planned six weeks ago, but the timing of it was pretty important considering we were coming off a couple of losses,” McGregor said of the trip.

    “To get away, was great timing. Logistically its hard to get the boys together because half live in Sydney and half live in Wollongong. Post-training they sort of go their separate ways.

    “We had a good gathering on Sunday and didn’t talk about footy too much. One thing about my players is they certainly care a lot and sometimes, when you’ve got time away, it can be hard to to not look at a paper, to not turn on the phone, and just rest.

    “I’m not going to tell a bloke to go home and not read a paper or to turn his phone off or not go and talk to a mate. It’s entirely up to them how they choose to do things but you obviously make them aware that time away from that’s going to help the mind.

    “When we’re at training we need high intensity and a lot of energy, when we’re away from training we need to turn off a few things, relax a bit and enjoy the downtime.”

    The trip brought welcome respite from the pressure that is mounting on the Dragons, who risk losing the top-four spot they’ve held all season should their wobbles continue.

    It’s a scenario that seemed unthinkable even a month ago, but McGregor said his side’s belief hasn’t wavered despite the recent run of outs.

    “When you’re going great, probably not going as good as people say, and when you’re going bad, you’re probably not going as bad as people say. That’s how footy works,” McGregor said.

    “When you create what we did, we led the comp up until a month ago and we’re the only team that’s been in the top four [all season], I understand the [scrutiny].

    “It’s good because we’ve built that. No one else had built it for us, we’ve built in ourselves and we’ve proven to anyone and everyone that we can beat any side. It’s important we finish what we started, and we’re in a position to do that.”

    With the slim exception of the Tigers, the Dragons remaining four games come against sides out of the top-eight running and McGregor said it’s important his side take strong form into the finals.

    “The biggest thing about going into finals is building momentum,” McGregor said.

    “Teams that go into the finals with momentum usually go well. When you look at last week’s game, and that’s all you look at at the minute, there were a lot of good things that came out of the second half. That’s got to be our starting base for the next month.

    “For the 80 minutes [the Warriors] didn’t score a point when we had 13 points on the field and the second half we won 12-0. Although we didn’t execute well at times, I thought we played with a lot more energy and intent and that’s where it’s got to start there.”



    https://www.illawarramercury.com.au...hit-reset-button-ahead-of-final-month/?cs=302
     
  7. Dennis Papaioannou

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    Intriguing...enjoyed your post
     
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    Very well put LINESPEED , you have covered all bases with your post , even the crickets, which is exactly what we Dragon supporters will be listening to at years end , after yet another most disappointing season - and one that promised so much .
     
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  9. slippery5

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    Nothing more needs to be said. The loyalty given is exactly why I found myself barracking for the Maroons & bordering on me hoping we lose again just to get rid of the imposter.
     
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    I'm not asking for much in this match, but the occasional offload with a player supporting would be nice for a change.
     
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    if mannah offloads to hayne and he scores under the posts, it's on you.
     
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  12. getsmarty

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    True
    Yes the player are poor but the game plan and tactics are poor.
    With a better coach all the back line would go better.
     
  17. True_Believer

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    They ARE getting a starting spot in a top 8 side.
     
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  18. Bests Golden Boots

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    You mean a coach that would instruct Widdop and Hunt to tell Lafai and Aitken to stand back further and run onto the ball at speed allowing Aitkens strength and Lafais footwork to be utilised to break the line. Something like that?
     
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    Can anybody here tell me who writes the game preview in the forum " live" section .... thanks ...
     
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    BGB
    Are you available
     

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