Round 18 vs Panthers

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  1. getsmarty

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    Hunt rested after shouldering heavy Origin workload
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    The physical and mental toll of playing hooker for Queensland in the State of Origin series has prompted St George Illawarra to rest halfback Ben Hunt as one of four changes for Friday night’s match against Penrith at Panthers Stadium.

    Hunt made 53 tackles in the series opener, 44 in Origin II and 40 in last Wednesday night’s decider compared to his average of 22.7 per game for the Dragons this season, while he also ran 29 times from dummy-half in his three appearances for the Maroons.

    In addition, Hunt had to cope with the mental strain of switching from hooker for Queensland to halfback with his club during the six-week Origin period.

    The 29-year-old believed he could cope with the increased work-load but the Dragons coaching staff put the welfare of the exhausted playmaker first by resting him from the Panthers clash, despite needing to win at least six of their remaining games to make the Telstra Premiership finals.

    Back-up halfback Darren Nichols will partner Maroons five-eighth Corey Norman at the scrum-base against Penrith, while St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has replaced interchange forwards Jacob Host and Reece Robson with Josh Kerr and Patrick Kaufusi.



    Pereira gets clean bill of health

    McGregor also welcomes back England prop James Graham from a broken leg and he will start at lock in place of Jeremy Latimore, who aggravated a knee injury during last Sunday night’s 36-14 loss to Canberra at WIN Stadium.

    St George Illawarra players conceded that it was their worst performance of the season and they endured a horror video review session on Tuesday before turning their focus to the clash with Penrith, who have won their last six matches to climb into the top eight after being equal last before Origin.

    “We have reviewed the game, we have assessed it, we have made some calls and some personnel changes and it is one of those games you need to put behind you as fast as you can because thankfully this week is a short turnaround,” second-rower Tariq Sims said.

    “It is starting to get to the point now where there is no longer any pussyfooting around each other or sugar-coating things. We have got the talent there, we have got the people who can do the job and have done the job in the past but we are just lacking in the intent at the moment.

    “We need to change that around as quick as we can because we need to win six out of eight so it is crunch time. We don’t want to be getting to the end of the season hoping for other teams to lose because that is uncontrollable.”



    Annesley won't rule anything out

    Rookie winger Jonus Pearson said he would be aiming to make more carries from St George Illawarra’s end of the field against Penrith as that was an area of his game that was identified at the review for him to improve.

    “We had a review today and it was pretty tough so we have got to bring it out in the field now,” Pearson said.

    “This week will be one of the most important games for me.”

    Despite their precarious position on the NRL ladder, Sims said the players share McGregor’s belief that the team is still capable of winning the grand final.

    McGregor has come under fire from a section of the club’s fans for his comments at Sunday night’s post-match press conference but Sims said he maintained the backing of the players.



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    “You sit in the change rooms and you look at the players we have got at this club, we have got the talent there so it is on us as a playing group. We are just not putting it together,” he said.

    “Nothing has changed, we still have the belief that we can make the top eight but we just need to pull our fingers out and have a go. Obviously our fans are very, very vocal and we love them more than anything, that is what keeps the club going.

    “But I think it is pretty harsh for them to be calling for Mary because at the end of the day he is just orchestrating us, he is not the one out there missing tackles or dropping balls and things to that extent so we really need to do it for our fans, ourselves and our coach as well.”

    The Dragons had five players involved in the Origin series – Sims and fellow forwards Tyson Frizell and Paul Vaughan played for NSW, while Hunt and Norman represented Queensland.

    The club had expected at the start of the season that having English stars Graham and captain Gareth Widdop would off-set some of the Origin load but both have been out injured.

    Centre Zac Lomax said on Tuesday that he expected to be return from a broken thumb in the July 26 clash with South Sydney and Widdop also hopes to be available for that match after dislocating his shoulder in the round three match against Brisbane.

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    https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2019/07/17/hunt-rested-after-shouldering-heavy-origin-workload/


    P.S If this is truly the case, Why did McGregor not rest him against Canberra ?
     
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  2. OldPanther

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    Because you're playing the worst defence in the comp this week who can't score points when in the best attacking territory Vs last week a genuine top 4 team.
     
  3. TruSaint

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    who's the worst defensive team ?
    ATM, Saints have the worst defence in the comp.
     
  4. OldPanther

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    I thought that was us(Panthers). Oh how times have changed.
     
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  6. TruSaint

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    No mate, we have that title now.
    Worse than Titans and Dogs.

    Rock f**king bottom
     
  7. OldPanther

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    Well we dropped a few players and then started our run. Maybe you'll do the same (starting next week of course)
     
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  8. TruSaint

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    Our season was over weeks ago buddy.
    Im just being realistic now.

    You should lap us and I think you will. Best of luck for the rest of the season.
     
  9. OldPanther

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    Same to you.
     
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  10. possm

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    Well if that is the case he will have to be selected on form.
     
  11. TruSaint

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    You tell him , and get back to me ;)
     
  12. slippery5

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    Didn't they just play SOO?
     
  13. slippery5

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    Would anyone be surprised if he asks for a release ? I hear the Broncos are looking for a quality half.
     
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    I mean 2 players spoke out to support Garth Brennan then he was sacked let’s hope history repeats itself at the dragons... what dreams are made of
     
  16. TruSaint

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    The marketing machine is working mate.

    Expect to hear from many players between now and seasons end, on the direction of the club. The old "Mary did not drop the ball... we didn't follow the game plan ... WE let the coach down >>> " etc etc etc...

    I guarantee its coming.
     
  17. Dragons 09

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    Yep, spot on mate, we've been here before.
     
  18. TruSaint

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    Phil helps out...:D:D:D:D:D

    Dragons coach Paul McGregor's job is safe, says Phil Gould

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    Despite the growing fan demands for Paul McGregor to be sacked, Phil Gould feels the St George Illawarra Dragons coach is in no "danger whatsoever".


    The results-hungry Dragons army has long been disgruntled with McGregor at the helm but their desire to see him axed ramped up following last Sunday's embarrassing 36-14 loss to the Canberra Raiders.


    And with only six wins this year, the media has begun asking questions of McGregor's credentials, particularly after the Gold Coast Titans cut ties with Garth Brennan over the weekend.

    MORE: Mark Carroll lambasts Dragons players over lack of effort

    But Gould gained an insight into St George Illawarra's inner sanctum during a recent event and believes McGregor, who signed a two-year extension in April, is very safe in his position.


    "I actually went to a trivia luncheon down at Wollongong a couple of Fridays ago, it was a tribute to Paul McGregor," Gould told the Six Tackles With Gus podcast.

    "They were raising money for a very worthy cause but the theme of the lunch was a tribute to Paul McGregor and all his ex-coaches and teammates and players came to speak on his behalf.

    "Because I'd coached him in Origin I got an invite to come down and what I found in that room that included all the old St George and old Illawarra people and all the people around the club, it's a really tight-knit club.

    "A really great atmosphere, great enthusiasm and a lot of love for the coach. I don't think internally there's any pressure on Paul McGregor that might even be hinted on from the outside."

    Dragons back-rower Tariq Sims on Wednesday said the players needed to shoulder the responsibility for the team's recent form, not McGregor.

    And that seems to be the thinking of those in power at the Dragons, with Gould confident the mentor is not even close to having to fight for his job.


    "People look at the results of late and they go, 'Well, the coach will end up getting the blame and they'll move him on', because that's what we do in rugby league history," Gould said.

    "I didn't feel that when I was in that room down there at the luncheon. He's a very highly respected and regarded person within the organisation. He's played for them, he's coached them, he was involved in various roles before he became a coach.

    "I don't think Paul McGregor is in any danger whatsoever."
     

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    Gees he's good, got it covered from all angles. When i heard about the McGregor tribute luncheon i thought it strange and wondered what it was all about. Thought a more appropriate time would have been during the off season or some other time, not during the toughest part of the season for us (during Origin). Upon reading this, perhaps it was a well orchestrated gathering of media influence in order to spread some Mary love. I wouldn't put anything past this lot.
     
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    Gee, how good is that , your an old boy of the club, appointed coach, results don’t matter , we will all stand in a circle holding hands singing Kumbya. We are f##ked.
     
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