Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by TomRedVRiver, Dec 6, 2017.
You are defending Mary. Best of the Irish to you jak
Speaking of Smith, how many forward passes did he throw that were undetected by the referees yesterday?
You mean the first 40 minutes only.
McInnes won't play SOO...ever.
McInnes is continuing to develop and hasn't reached his ceiling.
Don't believe he should consistently be playing 80 minutes given his high work rate in defence.
Can't expect him to be sharp out of dummy half when he eventually becomes fatigued later in the season.
Would like to see Sele deployed to play like Havili from dummy half as an option.
I'm sure NICHOLLS would also make a nice fist at dummy half for 10 to 15 minutes ........if MANN is in the run on side or try MANN at dummy half you dummy Mary if you had any brains give McInnes a rest and bring Mann of the bench use him don't lose him......
Almost as many as Rein in his prime. Difference is Smith gets a saloon passage by the refs.
Been doing it forever.
He actually did that for one of our try’s. Dummy half threw it to McInnes, he threw it to hunt, who cut out to Widdop who threw another cutout to put nightingale over. All heading down the right side as well. Shows our halves playing both sides. Massive game for most.
I reckon Hunt & Widdop have combined for at least 6 tries already this year, trials included.
Great to see...
I think that was Mann at first receiver for Nigtingales try, not McInnes.
I don't think it was a case of him having extra room in the first half because of Hunt and Widdop.. and I don't think he was told to stop running, or was over tired.
In the first half we were struggling at times to make metres, and he took it upon himself to get those metres when the opportunity was there. Simple as that. In the second half things came a little easier and the halves were coming into their own a bit more so the running game wasn't required of him - all he needed to do was get them good ball which he did. This is smart, effective dummy half play. Something that was completely foreign to this club in the dim, sloppy Mitch Rein era
I ended up frustrated with McInnes by the end of last year. Good service, great defender, but he did not put enough doubt in the oppositions' mind because he hardly ran, meaning our forwards, especially if they ran one out, were getting smashed.
Against the Broncos he was superb. He took on the line a number of times and this added to their inability to stop our roll on. Hope he keeps that style going.
My bad, was thinking of Aitkens try. McInnes was first receiver. Also there was no cutouts but it still went through the same hands I mentioned earlier.
McInnes played the running game a lot in 2016. Even scored a couple of tries. In 2017 he hardly ran at all. ‘Maybe that was the coaches plan
To me the reason that McInnes was able to run more was for the following reason.
He only had to do 30 odd tackles.
Last year he averaged 50 tackles .
Secondly hunt took a lot of pressure off by wanting the ball.
Lastly we were dominant expecially after 30 mins .
Hopefully he will continue to run and allso kick like he did on thursday
Good points, plus he stated recently he wants to run the ball more and kick more, both of which he did in game one. Hope he keeps it up, not just for the metres he can grab but also to keep the opposition guessing - keep the markers from racing off toward first receiver etc.
I've noticed that Nightie makes a lot less runs out of dummy than he used to - used to make some good metres.
When duty calls: McInnes bolts from Anzac clash to hospital for birth
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Cameron McInnes celebrated the birth of his first child on Thursday night, but only after the St George Illawarra club doctor worked some magic and delayed the birth until after Anzac Day.
Dragons officials discovered McInnes' fiancee Rachel was to be induced at Wollongong Hospital on Tuesday, which meant there was a good chance their little hooker would be distracted by the likely birth around the time of the traditional blockbuster against Sydney Roosters.
So Tony Carrigan contacted a few of his medical mates at the hospital, and with Rachel's blessing, delayed the start of the labour process by 24 hours.
At no stage was Rachel or the newborn's health put at risk by delaying the birth.
McInnes punched out 80 minutes in another brilliant performance for the Dragons, shook hands with the Roosters players, raced up the Allianz Stadium tunnel and returned to Wollongong.
The 24-year-old had exited the Moore Park precinct before the official presentations had been completed on the field.
The baby – a boy they have named Talanoa – arrived just before 8pm and weighed in at a whopping 4.5kg, which means the Dragons could have a future prop on their hands.
"The doctors were going to induce Rachel on Tuesday so she would have the baby Wednesday, but our club doctor went up to the hospital – it's one of the places he works – and asked if they could induce her Wednesday so the baby arrived Thursday,'' Dragons coach Paul McGregor told Fairfax Media.
"It's all worked out excitingly well. We delayed the birth of the baby so Cam could play footy.''
McInnes played every minute of last season and featured in all the action for the table-topping Dragons after seven rounds this year.
Life seems good for McInnes, and it could get better next month with his first NSW jersey.
McGregor said McInnes had gone from ''surviving 80 minutes to being comfortable playing 80 minutes''.
"Cam is a bit of a perfectionist, and he didn't want to do anything wrong when he first arrived here,'' McGregor said.
"Training-wise I haven't seen any better, and he's a professional athlete who does what he needs to do and will do anything for anyone else.
"He had to let go a bit. He was worried about being perfect, but nobody is perfect.
"He's still a young bloke learning his trade, and he hadn't been an 80-minute player.
"We wanted to turn him into an 80-minute player. We expected him to stuff up a few times, but he surprised everyone and didn't stuff up.
"This year he feels, and this is in his words, he feels comfortable playing 80 minutes. Where last year he felt like he survived 80 minutes at different times, now he feels he can thrive in that 80 minutes.
"We wanted an 80-minute hooker. The fitness base was there with Cam, he just needed that game management. His best football is still ahead of him.''
McInnes was in the thick of everything for the Dragons on Anzac Day and had a hand in the first try, which was scored after just 61 seconds.
Such was the rap when he first burst on to the scene at South Sydney that then coach Michael Maguire viewed him as a future captain of his junior club.
He was good again today.
Mighty in defence & timed his runs well enough to give our attack the go forward when it was needed.
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