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Round 9 vs Dogs

getsmarty

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Telstra Premiership Round 9 Dragons vs Bulldogs
Telstra Premiership


Match: Dragons vs Bulldogs
Round 9 - Sunday 9th May

Kick off: 4:05pm
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home Team

Dragons

6th Position

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away Team

Bulldogs

16th Position

Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

Match broadcasters:

Ground Conditions: N/A

Weather: Unknown

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Stats
Head-to-Head
St. George Illawarra Dragons and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have played 40 games. St. George Illawarra Dragons has won 15 games. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs has won 25 games.

Head-To-Head
Since 1998
Played
40

15
Won

25

Previous Meetings

Match: Dragons vs Bulldogs

Saturday 18th July 2020

F ull T ime

home Team

Dragons

Scored 28 points

away Team

Bulldogs

Scored 22 points


Match: Bulldogs vs Dragons

Monday 8th June 2020

F ull T ime

home Team

Bulldogs

Scored 22 points

away Team

Dragons

Scored 2 points

Form Guide
Dragons recent results:
Bulldogs recent results:
Current Season
Wins this season
57%
4/7
12%
1/8

Points Scored
home St. George Illawarra Dragons
153

away Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
80
Points Conceded
home St. George Illawarra Dragons
141

away Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
248
Completion Rate
79%

80%

Tackle Efficiency
87.9%

88.1%

Average Points Scored
home St. George Illawarra Dragons
21

away Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
10
Average Points Conceded
home St. George Illawarra Dragons
20

away Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
31
Average Play The Ball
3.67s

3.23s

Key Stats
Wins at this venue
59%

55/94

75%

6/8

Wins overall
48%

282/582

51%

311/613


https://www.dragons.com.au/draw/nrl-premiership/2021/round-9-dragons-v-bulldogs/
 

getsmarty

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DRAGONS


Injuries and suspensions cause selection headache
Author
Brad Walter NRL.com Senior Reporter
Timestamp
Sun 2 May 2021, 08:20 PM
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St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin may be forced to turn to rookie backs Mat Feagai, Shaun Sauni-Esau and Tyrell Sloan after injuries to Zac Lomax and Cody Ramsey in Sunday’s 16-8 loss to Wests Tigers at WIN Stadium.

With wingers Mikaele Ravalawa and Jordan Pereira suspended, Max Feagai was called up for just his second NRL appearances against the Tigers and his twin Mat will come under consideration by Griffin as he runs low on backline options for next Sunday’s clash with Canterbury.

Lomax is expected to face about a month on the sidelines after being forced from the field midway through the first half with a thumb injury, while Ramsey suffered a rib injury late in the match.

Centre Brayden Williame is unavailable due to a calf injury, leaving and Mat Feagai, Sauni-Esau and Sloan, who played fullback for the Steelers team which lost 28-24 in Saturday’s SG Ball grand final against Canberra, as the only other specialist outside backs in the Dragons' NRL squad.

"You don’t want to be an outside back on our list at the moment," Griffin said. "We're going to have to go deep into our list and look at our options.


"Zac has dislocated his thumb. They're not sure if there was any other damage so they'll get him straight off for scans and to see the specialist in the morning. With Cody, it looks like a broken rib. Brayden Williame has a torn calf as well so we're obviously very light on there."

The Dragons led 6-0 early but after Lomax was injured making a tackle on his try line in the 19th minute, the Tigers directed their attack down the right edge where he would usually defend alongside Ravalawa.

Back-rower Billy Burns was forced to play centre, with Max Feagai outside him on the wing but Griffin shifted the right-edge pairing of Jack Bird and Ramsey to that side until the latter came from the field 13 minutes before full-time.

The Tigers had just taken a 16-8 lead after rookie winger Zac Cini crossed for his first NRL try in the 48th minute and centre Joey Leilua pushed off an attempted Bird tackle to score in the 65th minute.

"I thought we did a great job with the changes we made, losing Lomax and Ramsey," Griffin said.

"I think we had to defend 55 plays in our 20 [metre zone] and we had 10 up the other end.

"They got us on a scrum and the last play. And one from Leilua.

"I can't fault their effort, they keep turning up defensively. We coughed up too much ball and when we did get the ball we couldn't get out of our own end.

"You've got to give some credit to the Tigers. It was clearly the best game they've played all year."


https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2021/05/02/injuries-and-suspensions-cause-selection-headache/
 

Dragonslayer

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OK, I'll take a punt on the round 9 team v Doggies

Only using players in our top 30.

1. Dufty
2. Max
3. Norman
4. Bird
5. Mathew
6. Clune
7. Hunt
8. Lawrie
9. Macca
10. Vaughan
11. Ford
12. Sims
13. Fui

14. Maguire
15. Alvaro
16. Kerr
17. Ellis

I'm putting Maguire back to the bench as I think he adds more value as the second rotation of lock with Fui. Ellis as the reserve prop if needed and Kerr can play edge or in the middle if necessary. I'm putting Norman to left centre this allows Clune to partner Hunt in the halves, which I think will add more running and better kicking game.

I'd like to see Sloan at fullback and Dufty #17, but I don't think Hook would go down that deep with the players he has available, and 1 debutant is enough.
 

Forbes Creek Dragons

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Players out...Rava/Lomax/Periera/Ramsey/Williame.... Who gets a Run ?.
Without really analysing our squad I guess it will be both Feagai Bros, Bird and maybe Ford, Burns or Fuimaono at centre. A major surprise would be Amone maybe getting a run if they get approval. On a positive note by the end of this injury run we should have a better idea of our best backline and future makeup of the side. I reckon it will be 1.Dufty 2.Feagai 3.Bird 4.Burns 5.Feagai. It’s not how I’d go.
 

Forbes Creek Dragons

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OK, I'll take a punt on the round 9 team v Doggies

Only using players in our top 30.

1. Dufty
2. Max
3. Norman
4. Bird
5. Mathew
6. Clune
7. Hunt
8. Lawrie
9. Macca
10. Vaughan
11. Ford
12. Sims
13. Fui

14. Maguire
15. Alvaro
16. Kerr
17. Ellis

I'm putting Maguire back to the bench as I think he adds more value as the second rotation of lock with Fui. Ellis as the reserve prop if needed and Kerr can play edge or in the middle if necessary. I'm putting Norman to left centre this allows Clune to partner Hunt in the halves, which I think will add more running and better kicking game.

I'd like to see Sloan at fullback and Dufty #17, but I don't think Hook would go down that deep with the players he has available, and 1 debutant is enough.
Norman at centre isn’t such a bad idea it’s working with Burton.
 

redv13

Juniors
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1. Dufty
2. Feagai
3. Bird
4. Fuimaiono
5. Feagai
6. Norman
7. Hunt
8. Lawrie
9. McCullough
10. Vaughan
11. Sims
12. Kerr ( last chance )
13. McGuire
14. Burns
15. Faamausili
16. Alvaro
17. Amone if not Ford
 

thebigredv

Bench
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Looking at some of the teams and all I can think of is how screwed we are.

Still the corresponding game last year was the lowest ebb of the last decade so surely we can't go worse than that??
 

redv13

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Looking at some of the teams and all I can think of is how screwed we are.

Still the corresponding game last year was the lowest ebb of the last decade so surely we can't go worse than that??
Well next week for the backs we have Lomax, Ramsey, Ravalawa, JP and Wiliame all unavailable. Throw in McInnes, JDB, Brittan, Merrin retiring and the cupboard is nearly bare. Changes need to be made no doubt but it’s just not possible. We’re running on fumes at the moment whether we like it or not
 

St Tangles

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I'd be playing Fegai at centre not on the wing / much better centre than winger his brother on 1 wing

1 Dufty
2 Matt Fegai
3 Bird
4 Max Fegai
5 Shaun Sauni-Esau
6 Norman
7 Hunt

8 Lawrie
9 McCullough
10 Vaughan
11 Fuimono
12 Simms
13 McGuire

14 Kerr
15 Alvaro
16 Poasa
17 Amone
 

Inisai Toga

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Kerr to reserves. Given enough time and can’t afford the mistakes and lack of impact. He’s got the potential but just not consistent enough at this level at the moment. I’d put Max Feagai to the centre and see what he can contribute there.If he goes ok it’s then easier to reposition Bird to different position when players come back from suspension and injury.
 

Wittenberg

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Without really analysing our squad I guess it will be both Feagai Bros, Bird and maybe Ford, Burns or Fuimaono at centre. A major surprise would be Amone maybe getting a run if they get approval. On a positive note by the end of this injury run we should have a better idea of our best backline and future makeup of the side. I reckon it will be 1.Dufty 2.Feagai 3.Bird 4.Burns 5.Feagai. It’s not how I’d go.
I understand why people are bringing up Ford or Burns to be in the centres this week but Burns was simply outpaced time and time again and the new rules at work in today’s game make it very difficult to use a forward in a backline. Mind you I’m pretty worried about Bird at the moment. He is running strongly, reads the game well, but he is missing tackles and was totally ineffective when he was played at 5/8. Any selections this week will be difficult and our pool is limited…..argh
 

boardlumps62

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Well next week for the backs we have Lomax, Ramsey, Ravalawa, JP and Wiliame all unavailable. Throw in McInnes, JDB, Brittan, Merrin retiring and the cupboard is nearly bare. Changes need to be made no doubt but it’s just not possible. We’re running on fumes at the moment whether we like it or not
I'm not giving up on JDB should know this week?
 

BLM01

First Grade
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Well next week for the backs we have Lomax, Ramsey, Ravalawa, JP and Wiliame all unavailable. Throw in McInnes, JDB, Brittan, Merrin retiring and the cupboard is nearly bare. Changes need to be made no doubt but it’s just not possible. We’re running on fumes at the moment whether we like it or not
Yep but no whingeing from the coach
As Sterling says yesterday about Hook what he liked
you will never get rant snd raved from press conferences, woe is us or throwing anyone under a bus
“nothing is as bad as it seems and nothing is as good as it looks” that’s the way Hook will show emotion to the media
On the flip side now is the time to have these short term injury issues and form slump, not mid late year
I’m just being positive as I saw positives amongst the clouds that everyone is emotional about and understandably so
i judged them on how they lose and I agree with hook there was still effort but no gas to attack and we were poor in that department and conceding errors pretty much all game which Hook did confess to.
We were lucky that the Tigers were like that also in the first 20 minutes or so which is when we should’ve taken them to the cleaners
 

Illusion

Juniors
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711
Looking at some of the teams and all I can think of is how screwed we are.

Still the corresponding game last year was the lowest ebb of the last decade so surely we can't go worse than that??
Don't be disappointed , but we can ...... Been like this for a few years now , just when you think it cant get any worst ..... Lets hope it doesn't .....
 

Forbes Creek Dragons

First Grade
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I understand why people are bringing up Ford or Burns to be in the centres this week but Burns was simply outpaced time and time again and the new rules at work in today’s game make it very difficult to use a forward in a backline. Mind you I’m pretty worried about Bird at the moment. He is running strongly, reads the game well, but he is missing tackles and was totally ineffective when he was played at 5/8. Any selections this week will be difficult and our pool is limited…..argh
As I said in my post, it’s not the way I’d go. In saying that with Kerr and Burns failures it’s time Ford got a run off the bench at the least.
 
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