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Round 3 Vs Broncos

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by getsmarty, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. getsmarty

    getsmarty Referee

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    McGregor out to bolster pack as inexperience bites
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    Brad Walter NRL.com Senior Reporter
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    Fri 22 Mar 2019, 12:03 AM
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    St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has confirmed the club will seek to add another forward to their roster once they gain clarity from the NRL about the process for replacing Jack de Belin.

    McGregor made the comments after Thursday night’s 34-18 loss to South Sydney highlighted the impact that the absence of de Belin, Tyson Frizell and Korbin Sims has had on the Dragons forward depth.

    While Sims will be available for his first Telstra Premiership appearance since joining the Dragons after completing a two-match suspension and Frizell is expected back in two-to-three weeks following surgery for a ruptured testicle, de Belin is sidelined indefinitely.

    However, the Dragons want to follow through on the NRL’s offer for roster assistance after applying the new “no fault stand down” policy while he defends a sexual assault charge and McGregor said recruitment head Ian Millward was scouring the market for another forward.



    Match Highlights: Dragons v Rabbitohs

    That’ll be up to Ian to look what’s available once we find out what we can do,” McGregor said. “First of all we’ve got to know the situation and have a good understanding of it, then Ian will go to work.

    “We’ve got a position open in our squad, we’ve only got 29 [players] including Jack.”

    Without de Belin, Frizell and Sims, McGregor has been forced to turn to inexperienced forwards Jacob Host and Luciano Leilua to share the right second-row position, while Blake Lawrie started just his second NRL match at lock.

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    Dragons prop Blake Lawrie. :copyright:Robb Cox/NRL Photos
    Prop Josh Kerr made his NRL debut off the interchange and conceded a penalty and made an error after coming on just before halftime that added to the pressure the Dragons were under as they defended repeat sets near their own line.

    While they managed to hold on to a 12-6 lead at the interval, a glut of possession early in the second half led to three quick Rabbitohs tries and St George Illawarra were heading towards a second straight defeat.



    McGregor: We won't let Widdop go early

    “It was a little bit like last week, we played some good quality footy and we held onto possession so went into the second half half nice and fresh, but we didn’t sustain it,” McGregor said.

    “They had six sets to one and scored two tries in seven minutes and the game swung the other way. There’s good there, but it’s not sustained for 80 minutes and that’s the disappointing thing at the moment.

    “We’ve got quality and experience missing, but after having a good spell at halftime there’s no reason why the attitude and intent didn’t need to be as good as it was in the first half

    “There’s young guys playing longer minutes and obviously that can expose players, but they’re going to be better for it.”


    https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2019/03/22/mcgregor-out-to-bolster-pack-as-inexperience-bites/
     
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    muzby Village Idiot Staff Member

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  4. getsmarty

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    Which journeyman are we signing...???????????????
     
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    Just get rid of that useless, fart brained coach.
     
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    How about taking Ava off our hands. Save moving costs also
     
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    YOU GOT NO FU##AN IDEA MCIDIOT
     
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    We have enough forward depth coming in the youngsters, who were all over the premiership favourites in the first half.

    Great speed & intent!
    ( Sorry folks, but more than JDB often shows)

    The commentators couldn’t believe the Dragons’ first half domination FFS
    - Jeez the prix were down in the mouth

    Waterboy destroyed the team balance & psyche at the break & thereafter

    Kerr is a mean beast in the making - don’t drop him or Luc FFS. Just make sure that in the rotations there’s experience beside them, talking to them - especially near the goalline

    Big Red had an amazing game & Kerr, Lawrie & Host are keepers

    Waterboy will be looking for journeymen for sure - as I see Allgood’s been moved up the pecking order

    Watch this space...

    Monumental dummyspit coming - followed by a player revolt and

    a media freeforall
    before the Fall

    Lol, Lol & Lol
     
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    It's not like we were 100-1to win comp.
    We were up at ht but in the 2nd the young guys couldn't handle it.
     
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    That’ll be up to Ian to look what’s available once we find out what we can do,” McGregor said. “First of all we’ve got to know the situation and have a good understanding of it, then Ian will go to work.
    This matter should have been dealt with at the time that the NRL stand down policy was being developed. Were was our CEO Johnstone? What about the new commissioner Coyne? Surely our super official Millward would have been very interested in obtaining an agreement regarding this matter.
     
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    Kerr will not get a run in terms of big minutes...either will robson..

    McGregor will sign someone like Allgood and play them ahead of Kerr...mark my words....

    The sooner he is gone ( Coach ) the less damage will be done in terms of juniors leaving. I cannot believe that they are in talks for an extension..........
     
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    St George Illawarra Dragons keeping faith after early NRL struggles
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      "It won't happen overnight, we've just got to keep working on it".

      Captain Gareth Widdop is committed to staying at fullback as long as coach Paul McGregor wants him there, after the Dragons stumbled to consecutive losses on Thursday night against South Sydney.

      McGregor's backline reshuffle - partnering Corey Norman and Ben Hunt in the halves and having Matt Dufty for late-game impact - showed some promise in the first-half at Kogarah, before the Dragons were blown away by a rampant Rabbitohs forward pack.

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      Early warning: Gareth Widdop. Picture: Grant Trouville.

      Without Tyson Frizell and Jack de Belin, St George Illawarra struggled to match their firepower, which then turned up the heat on the new-look spine.

      And the NRL blowtorch will remain on them, with trips to Brisbane and Newcastle in the next fortnight, a potentially disastrous 0-4 start.

      Widdop only managed 42 run metres, including 26 kick return metres, but in the aftermath of the 34-18 loss to Souths, Widdop is adamant he can persevere at fullback.

      "At the end of the day, Mary's (McGregor) the coach and it's his decision to selection team on what he feels fits," Widdop said.

      "And it's our job to do our role as best we can. It's a matter of what the coach wants us to do."


      Widdop has spent his entire NRL career at five-eighth, including the 2012 premiership with Melbourne, but impressive at fullback for England helped sway McGregor to push him to fullback.

      "It's obviously not firing at the moment, we're not making it easy on ourselves," he said. "...I've played in the NRL for 9-10 years and played at five-eighth.

      "I've played fullback in small periods, I'm still learning."

      "I've played fullback in small periods, I'm still learning.

      Gareth Widdop
      Widdop pin-pointed the Dragons struggle to complete their sets in the second half as major reason for the loss, after leading 12-6 at half-time.

      They finished with 30 completed of 40 sets, while Souths had 43 sets and completed 32 of them.

      Korbin Sims, recruited from Brisbane, could be rushed straight into the starting line-up to add some defensive starch to the Dragons pack, having been suspended in the opening two rounds. Already rocked by NSW representative forward Jack de Belin being stood down by the NRL while facing rape allegations under the new "no-fault" policy, McGregor then had to find a replacement for Frizell after suffering a lacerated testicle in the loss to the Cowboys.

      The Dragons have been quick out of the blocks in the past decade and often criticised for late-season fade-outs. In 2015, the Dragons lost their opening two games to Melbourne and the Tigers, before launching a six-game winning streak in a season where they bowed out in the first week of the finals in a thrilling 11-10 loss to Canterbury.

      Meanwhile, Rabbitohs prop Liam Knight faces a one-week suspension with an early guilty plea for a chicken wing tackle on James Graham.
    https://www.illawarramercury.com.au...captain-stands-by-backline-reshuffle/?cs=3713
     
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    Only because he had them all out there together...
     
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    Mate dont keep using the word extension.....I feel flat, cold and disinterest as it is
     
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    Prediction after playing the Broncos 0 and 3
     
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    Cows playing Broncos into form.
    Great news for us.
    Pity taumalolo got hurt tonight not last week.
    Miracle needed next week.
     
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    Just watching the broncos destroy the cowboys I reckon to minimise the risk of further injuries & to protect our for & against we forfeit.
     
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    Mary does not sign players, Millward does.
     
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    Agree why wasn’t the application lodge the moment the nrl stood JDB down. The nrl even publicly stated this would need to be done a week before he was officially stood down. It honesty defies belief.
     
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