Round 1 Dragons v Broncos at Kogarah

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  1. Drag Queen

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    Bloody missed it cos the old fella wanted an afternoon dive ffs. We did get to see a striped eel snake up close. I'm sure the whole of Oz heard me screaming. Well done Dragons. My favourite bartender has taped it for me :kissing_closed_eyes:
     
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  2. Drag Queen

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    Good stuff. I'm looking forward to watching it on rerun today. Great start to the season from what I've read :grinning:
     
  3. BennyV

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    Very true Crush. Was thrilled to get the win first up, pumped with Hunt but we are far, far from a polished team and based on past years' experience, this is the same standard we can expect all year. As Gasnier mentioned after the game, Broncos dont have a go-to man at the moment, especially without Bird. They dont have a game manager and that will bite them.
     
  4. OzDragon

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    Unfortunately you are correct.
     
  5. Life's Good

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    That’s 4 things but who’s counting:wink:.

    Seriously though, McInnes showed again he has a running game. It works in tandem with Hunts running game. Still early days and we aren’t playing the Donkeys every week but there are good signs based on that vs. the trials.
     
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  6. getsmarty

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    Ben Hunt and Gareth Widdop make big impression as Dragons start new season with a bang
    AAP, AAP
    March 9, 2018 5:18am
    GARETH Widdop and Ben Hunt say their combination at St George Illawarra is still in the working stages after the 34-12 pummelling of Brisbane in the NRL season opener.

    But as far as first impressions go, this was something of a beauty.

    Built off the foundation of one of the strongest forward packs in the competition, the pair combined brilliantly and were involved in everything on Thursday night.

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    Ben Hunt made a great Dragons debut on Thursday night.


    Hunt set up the Dragons’ opening try and scored his team’s next against his former club, while Widdop threw the last pass for two others. Critically, it marked the first time Widdop has played alongside a recognised and experienced No.7 at the club, having largely been forced to make do with regular five-eighths since his move from Melbourne in 2014.

    “He’s a halfback who will go at the game, he’s not going to sit back and wait,” Widdop said.

    “Obviously he did that tonight and I think every player tonight put their hand up tonight and played some good football.

    “My combination with him is only going to get better with time. And obviously with (fullback) Matt Dufty there, it’s a pleasing first start.”

    The duo who only united in January due to World Cup commitments, have had just eight weeks alongside each other at training.

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    Gareth Widdop charges into the Broncos defence.
    They are also one of 11 new halves pairings in the NRL this year, after Hunt’s $6 million signature at the Dragons kick-started one of the biggest market merry-go-round in the game’s history.

    “It’s coming along really well,” Hunt said of their partnership.

    I still think we’ve got a long way to go but he’s a freak footballer, Gareth.

    “He knows the game so well. He keeps calling me to do different plays and I think we’re combining nice.”

    Widdop is signed until the end of 2021 while Hunt will be at the Dragons until at least the end of 2022, with an option to stay for up to another year after that.


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    They’re part of the reason why coach Paul McGregor spoke in the off-season about the club’s premiership window opening over the coming years. Another is the development of the rest of their spine.

    Hooker Cameron McInnes - who was dangerous as ever out of dummy-half - is also there until the end of 2021, while Dufty still has his best seasons well ahead of him.

    “He’s an exceptional player Cam, I’ve never seen anyone work as hard at training as he has,” Hunt said.

    “And young Matt Dufty, he is coming along really well. I think there is plenty of improvement left in his fame and hr’s only going to get better as the year goes on.”



    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...g/news-story/9f5c9e680835538257955a899ca8e1de
     
  7. Ben_Kusto_magic

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    Anyone else think Latimore had a good game? I thought he was strong off the bench.
     
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    On the subject of the DONKEYS don't be surprised if the name NONA is not seen in the future.one thing Shaun does have is a good kicking game ,and J D knows him only too well just my opinion ......
     
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    He was certainly better than I expected. Nothing spectacular but did some very good work.
     
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  10. Gareth67

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    2010 that was nothing short of back street thuggery , a real cowards act . Big Vaughan must have suffered an injury from that - I hope that the bronco is suspended for the same length of time that Vaughan is out - plus 2 weeks on top .
     
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    Yes was strong and did all he needed to do.
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    Cheap shot Gareth67.

    Reckon he knew Vaughan was a decoy. I hope that will be put away and when we play them next, he will be black and blue.
     
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  13. ALSGI

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    Unfotunately we only play Donkeys once this year unless we play them in finals.
    But yes, I reckon PV will definately put that one in the memory bank for next time.
     
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    Bummer ALSGI. Hope they don't make it and Vaughany gives him a nice wave.
     
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    We had them at 6's and 7's.
     
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    Aitken showed some improvement last night. I think Nightingale, Lafai and Macdonald need to improve a lot in next weeks game against the Sharks. I was very supprised to see how well Aitken ran for his try and his try saving tackle, even though we was beaten on the outside, he came again and with some help saved the try.
     
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    They both look as if there in shock - " was that really the score ? "
     
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    where's that objective bloke? dragons would lose straight shooter
     
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    Great to see Graham give it to thaiday.
    Thaiday old and slow.
    Au mah was steaming up the field.
    Lafai instead of throwing no chance passes ,should take the tackle.
    Thought we should be further up at ht but the game changed on the Hunt intercept.
     
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    Hunt produces Dragons masterclass to haunt his former side
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    Ben Hunt has come back to haunt his former side, the Brisbane Broncos, guiding his new club the St George Illawarra Dragons to a comfortable victory in the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership season opener.

    Hunt, who laid on a deft kick for a Tyson Frizell try and then scored a try of his own when he took an intercept off an errant Matthew Lodge pass.

    All eyes were also on the return of Lodge, who many believe should not be back playing NRL.

    Nevertheless, Lodge was solid in his first game back in a number of years with Broncos coach Wayne Bennett confident that the prop will be better for the long-run after his opening hit-out.

    “You have to start somewhere,” Bennett said at the post-match press conference.

    “We got him on the footy field tonight and got him playing football.

    “He just needs to play football, he played football tonight. First game back in the NRL for three years. It’s the best thing that’s happened to him.”

    The opening twenty minutes of the game proved to be a scrappy affair as three penalty goals put the Dragons up 4-2.

    The opening try came soon after, though, when Ben Hunt weighed up the situation from dummy half and deftly kicked ahead as Tyson Frizell outpaced and outmuscled Anthony Milford to score.

    With a 10-2 lead at the break, the Broncos were in all sorts after a lacklustre display.

    Despite their best efforts to lift intensity and enthusiasm in the second half – which they did to some extent on the back of a James Roberts double – it was not enough for a poor Broncos side.

    Inopportune errors continued to cost them as further tries to Euan Aitken and Jack de Belin sealed a comfortable opening win for the Dragons.

    Bennett did not mince his words, laying the blame solely at the feet of the forwards.

    “That first half was poor. We had no momentum, couldn’t get anything. Our ball control was 45 percent at half time,” Bennett said.

    “The halves can’t play if the other guys aren’t doing their job.”

    Dragons coach Paul McGregor praised his new halves duo for their performances.

    “Gareth … I’ll embarrass him but he’s got bottomless talent. He likes to play instinctive footy,” McGregor said.

    “When you wear the seven you’ve got to execute a game plan. They complement each other really well. That was just the start of something we can build over the year.

    “You’ve got two competitive players on the football field, we’ve got some strike on both edges.”

    Player of the Game:

    3. Ben Hunt

    2. James Roberts

    1. Jack de Belin
    St George Illawarra Dragons 32 (Frizell, Hunt, Aitken, De Belin, Nightingale; Widdop 7/8) def. Broncos 14 (Roberts 2; Kahu 2/3)

    http://www.nospam09.com/2018/03/09/hunt-produces-dragons-masterclass-to-haunt-his-former-side/
     

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