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Round 14 vs Eels

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by getsmarty, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. getsmarty

    getsmarty Referee

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    It's funny isn't it...I don't even get angry any more when we lose....had the Tele on in the background...thought the boys had a dig...beaten by a Roosters side with 9 players out....Oh Well...
     
  2. Wittenberg

    Wittenberg Juniors

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    Clune, Sailor, and Dufty virtually sees us playing three 5/8 s at the same time. Once Sailor came on Dufty went into his shell and Clune seemed to go missing. We need to sort this out. Have nothing against playing Sailor again, it should happen, but he is a weak defender and will be targeted by Parra as the Roosters quickly ran at him last night.
     
  3. thebigredv

    thebigredv Juniors

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    Agreed.
     
  4. Old Timer

    Old Timer Coach

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    We are such an adlib side devoid of structures other than 5 x hit up then a useless bomb.

    Sailor comes on and gets busy but other than Mc Innes, Lomax & Dufty the side seems incapable of playing any kind of uptempo football.

    He tried hard to get bodies in motion around but alas the rest of the team is obviously not fit enough or smart enough to be fully engaged in such a style of footy.

    Watching Keary ignite raids sees all the chooks getting involved to keep the momentum up but when Sailor tries it we find that Hunt disengages or the ball ends up in the hands of one of our many oompa loompas and it it’s like we are stuck in mud.

    Defence is an issue for Sailor but that has the potential to be sorted (technique and correct back rower alignment) but the team not being fit or fast enough to keep up with him will see him look more like a chook with his head cut off rather than someone who can lift our attack as a team to another level.

    We have no team work in attack or defence and therefore many potentially good players will actually look ordinary as they single handedly try to save our sorry arsed team.
     
  5. Belta

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    What a mess. What poor structures we have. The defensive efforts on our line are embarrassing.

    The few times we got in good attacking positions we offered nothing, so predictable and easy to defend.

    The only forward running hard with any conviction is captain courageous. The coach spent half his press conference praising a centre who once again failed a simple task of passing to an unmarked winger to give us a chance. The other week we were up 16 - 10 with Saab unmarked and could of strolled over untouched... I honestly believe that story that reserve grade side beat them at training
     
  6. hazzbeen

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    I have bagged our backs for a long time but , gee our forwards are piss weak , except for McInnes Fritz , the rest can all go ... What a waste of 7 years its going to take a long time to rebuild ......
     
  7. Dragon David

    Dragon David Juniors

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    Yes, our forwards, with the exception of the two you named Hazzbeen, are piss poor in most facets of attack and defence. Just no grunt and power. We definitely need to get rid of the no hopers and get guys who have a lot more to offer. I am just amazed how we have not got better forwards like most other clubs. Ours are not that big, but you dont need to be just have strength and determination and skill to give the opposition a run for their money.
     
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  8. George Dragon

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    Looks like Ford out at least 2 weeks, Tariq out.
    Host in, does Korbin get a bench spot.
    We are low forward stock.
     
  9. Eatons Hill Dragon

    Eatons Hill Dragon Juniors

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    Give big Eddie Blacker a go, nothing to lose.
     
  10. Reddragon

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    Same. They tried hard, but you know they'll fail against a decent team.
    The elements of a good team are there. It just needs a real coach and some decent recruitment.
     
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    At lease Jacob Host will be given some time on the field to show whether he is worth a contract renewal or not.
     
  12. Dragonslayer

    Dragonslayer First Grade

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    My guess on the team v Eels

    1. Dufty
    2. JP
    3. Aitken
    4. Lomax
    5. Rava
    6. Sailor
    7. Clune
    8. Lawrie
    9. Hunt
    10. Kerr
    11. Friz
    12. Fui
    13. Cam

    14. Ellis
    15. Merrin
    16. Host
    17. Brittain
     
  13. Dragon Revival

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    We only have four good forwards:-
    De Belin-suspended
    Frizell-leaving
    McInnes-overworked
    Vaughan
    Ah Mau, Graham, Packer and Thompson were never replaced by forwards of similar ability.
    Promising forwards:-
    Ford
    Kerr
    Jury still out:-
    Blacker
    Brittainerror
    Ellis
    Host
    Lawrie
    Not worth keeping:-
    Fuimaono-error prone
    Korbin Sims-error, injury and penalty prone
    Tariq Sims-error, injury and penalty prone
     
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    My feelings as well Smarty.
    Wife & daughters often say to me how come you don't scream at the tv whilst watching the Dragons anymore.:(:(
     
  15. blacksafake

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    Ford two weeks? Anyone else gets a fine.
    Hell Josh Reynolds once did about three in a season & only got fined each time.
     
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  16. SaintElroy

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    I actually thought when I first saw it that Keary just lifted Ford with a monster fend and that’s how his body went
     
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    I think you may be right but Lomax is playing busted
    So unsure how long he will last
    Also Merrin has been shocking of late.
     
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  18. getsmarty

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    St George Illawarra's Jackson Ford facing three week suspension for tripping
    [​IMG]By Brett Graham
    5 hours ago
    St George Illawarra back-rower Jackson Ford could be out for three weeks after being charged with tripping by the NRL's match review committee.

    Ford will be sidelined for two games if he takes the early guilty plea, or three matches if he fights the charge and loses at the judiciary, after being hit with a Grade 3 tripping charge.

    The incident happened in the 76th minute of the Roosters' 24-14 win over the Dragons.

    Roosters star Luke Keary came crashing down on his head as he crossed for a try after Ford came in with a soccer-like slide tackle that Nine's Andrew Johns labelled "dangerous."

    "Well that's nearly the send-off offence," Nine's Phil Gould said in commentary.

    "In the old days that's a send-off.

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    Jackson Ford has found himself in hot water for a 'dangerous' trip on Luke Keary. (Nine) (Nine)
    "You can't do that. There are ones where you get wrong-footed and you stick a foot out but this is one where he's actually can't get there with his hands and he's kicked out with his legs.

    "It's a send-off. That should have been a send-off."


    https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/jackso...udiciary/85aab447-5a6a-435c-8ad2-bfa3966356fc
     
  19. getsmarty

    getsmarty Referee

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    Dragons: Ford facing three-week stint on sidelines after tripping charge
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    Jackson Ford is facing an stint in the sidelines. Picture: NRL Imagery
    THE Dragons forwards depth is set to be tested, with young-gun Jackson Ford facing a three-week stint on the sideline after being slapped with a grade-three tripping charge.

    The charge stems from an incident late in Thursday's loss to the Roosters when Ford made a last ditch effort to prevent Luke Keary from scoring the match-winning try in the 75th minute.

    The ban could be reduced to two games with an early guilty plea, which could be entered on Saturday.

    The loss is also set to cost the club veteran back-rower Tariq Sims for a stretch after he left the field with an AC joint injury. He'll undergo scans to determine a more solid return timeframe but is facing an extended stint on the sidelines.

    It's something the Dragons can ill-afford with Test prop Paul Vaughan missing two games after being ordered into quarantine for breaching COVID protocols on Thursday. It will see all three out of action for Friday's match against the Eels.

    Coach Paul McGregor left no doubt as to his feelings about the breach following Thursday's loss.

    "We're well aware of what our responsibilities are, we talk about it consistently, so there's no reason for it other than it was selfish behaviour really," McGregor said.

    "I haven't spoken to him. We've got a WhatsApp group and I explained the punishment that's been handed to him by the NRL, then concentrated on what we needed to do today.

    "It's not what you need from one of your senior players, someone that's important to your footy team. It's disappointing if it was anyone. It's just a behaviour that you shouldn't do.

    "We spoke about (doing) whatever it takes and doing the right thing by one another, making sacrifices and that's just one of them. The game's done a lot to get back going so we've got to be respectful of that."

    https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6869015/ford-facing-tripping-ban/?cs=302
     
  20. Forbes Creek Dragons

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    I’d play Host at 12 and Fuimaono off the bench. With three of our outside backs carrying injuries we need to carry a back on the bench. We could play him at centre if need be and move things around. I guess we could do the same with Brittain moving Hunt to 6 and and Sailor into the backs but I’d prefer someone who we can get a stint in the forwards at the end of the game if need be. We are super short up front.
     
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