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Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by thebigredv, Jul 4, 2016.
Kickby coach needs a job.
50% isn’t bad when you have to play the ABs 3 times a year.
He also had the benefit of 100% records against USA / Georgia / Italy / Uruguay...
Opponent Played Won Drew Lost Win % For Against
Argentina 9 8 0 1 89 294 172
England 9 1 0 8 11 186 289
Fiji 3 3 0 0 100 104 48
France 2 1 0 1 50 51 52
Georgia 1 1 0 0 100 27 8
Ireland 5 1 0 4 20 102 108
Italy 2 2 0 0 100 66 34
Japan 1 1 0 0 100 63 30
New Zealand 14 3 0 11 21 262 488
Samoa 1 1 0 0 100 34 15
Scotland 4 2 0 2 50 101 133
South Africa 8 3 2 3 38 159 181
United States 1 1 0 0 100 47 10
Uruguay 2 2 0 0 100 110 13
Wales 6 4 0 2 67 140 101
TOTAL 68 34 2 32 50 1746 1677
Last updated: 19 October 2019
His stats were shit.
And ;McGregor gets an extension for a win percentage of 47%- go figure!
Picked up a book yesterday. I never knew it existed.
“My Knowledge Of Coaching” by none other than Paul McGregor.
ok someone has to ask the big question,if and when we get rid of mary what the hell do we all talk about then some of our members without mentioning names will be left with nothing to do they may have to resort to talking to there wifes girlfriends or both.i can see this being a problem for some hopefully sooner rather than later.
If there’s ever a time when McGregor isn’t with us, we have a readymade replacement in.... BJ.
He has a lot to answer for.
BJ. Has his mouth and hands full ATM.
McGregor hasn’t been sacked yet?
Maybe he said “yeah but statistically Ivan Cleary is worse than me by .4% and he got a five year deal”
Your management would totally buy that too
Still waiting to log on here and read something positive for this club. Still nothing.
It's like Donald Trump losing next year's election - fake news will have nothing to report and go bust. CNN and the like need Trump!
its good to know you have a backup plan ol fela I do worry about old botany street people.
With the passing of each and every day, McGregors contract end edges closer to the day.
Can't get more positive than that!
The Steelers Club bar and dining room looks nice since they did it up a while ago.
Mainstream media loves hysteria as it moves product.
A friend of mine used to work for a soft porn Australian trash weekly. They had a great time making up stories.
The talented fairy-tale writers had very little to do with the flesh people day to day.
The trouble is that anyone with a half a brain is conditioned into this crap and no one cares less especially when the media rabbits on about its own.
Like the psychological pain that cops endure when they come across a victim.
You should drive carefully to avoid a horrific injury or painful untimely death, not because a cop might throw up at the sight of your headless torso still clinging to the steering wheel which is halfway up your...
So.............. TSP, are you saying........ SACK McGREGOR?
2019 Review: St George Illawarra Dragons
Justin Davies | October 22 2019 2:30PM
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The Dragons in 2019 were a car crash on the highway which you couldn't take your eyes off - and ended with their worst finish in the National Rugby League era in 15th.
They mustered just eight victories in a season which was only slightly better than a visit to the dentist to get a root canal. The constant chopping and changing of the side only exacerbated the sorrow that befell Dragons fans and heighted the calls for ‘Fail Mary', leaving more questions than answers for a side that considers itself a competitive one.
A pair of losses in the opening fortnight to Cowboys and Rabbitohs largely set the tone for the season. There was a brief heartbeat with four-straight wins to follow, but 2019 quickly turned into a forgettable mess for the joint venture side. Losses piled up higher than the protest banners which started to appear on the hills at Jubilee and WIN, and the Dragons lost what should have been the backbone to a successful season - their defence - as they conceded the third most points in the competition (575).
Their late season successes against the Titans which kept them from a first wooden spoon were met with a huge chorus of meh as the season was euthanized mercifully in front of a sparse crowd in Robina which was fitting for the NRL's two worst sides.
Headed into 2020 and his sixth full season as Dragons coach, Paul McGregor has a huge task ahead of him. The former Dragon might have taken the side to its tipping point and he will need a ferocious start to next season to quell the dissenting voices around the club. 2019 needs to be the rock bottom for the Red V, and not the continuation of a malaise which has spread around the club.
After back-to-back losses to open the season, Dragons reeled off four straight victories - their largest streak of the season - which included a pair of Golden Point field goals from Corey Norman and it looked like another top eight season for the Dragons. Alas, this review would still be a week or two away had that been the case. From there, they lurched from thrashing to thrashing with the low point a 45-12 loss in Mudgee to the Knights, in what was a season of dreading turning on the TV on weekends. Plenty might blame the drama which unfolded over the off-season but all considered, the Dragons had a roster that wasn't a 15th place finisher and there has already and will be pressure on Paul McGregor headed in 2020 to get them back to competitive and possibly top eight.
Only saved by the ignominy of the wooden spoon by the Gold Coast Titans, there wasn't much that worked this season for St George Illawarra. Plenty of reputations and egos were bruised by the Dragons work in 2019 and there will be a huge repair job on next season. The year worked in a sense that Dragons it might have been a rock bottom for a side that deluded itself with designs of competitiveness and now, can rebuild themselves into a contender which might not take long in the National Rugby League.
What didn't work
The simplistic answer would be to say everything and clock off for the day. Looking deeper - the Dragons tried to get too extra. Ben Hunt, off-season recruit Corey Norman and Gareth Widdop all tried to fit three into two for the halves which ended with a mix-and-match style before Widdop went down injured. They averaged 17.8 points (including tries from kicks) but outside of beating Bulldogs and Titans handily twice each, Dragons went past 20 points TWICE all season. The backline continued to age and the fullback position also became a poisoned chalice with a forward pack that still boasted plenty of representative experience but without Jack De Belin, there wasn't enough grunt to push past teams like 2018. In the end, a simplistic game plan with a tinker man at the helm, the Dragons didn't know what they were in 2019 and it showed in their performance and final deserved ladder position.
Picking through the wreckage of the Dragons season - there wasn't much in the way of performances for the joint venture to savour. Luciano Leilua, took another step in his growth, the interchange forward sparked a side that had trouble moving the ball. Outside of that, there were consistent performances from Paul Vaughan, Cameron McInnes and sporadic work including a bunch of tries from Mikaele Ravalawa kept them afloat in a rough season.
Tristian Sailor will be the name that is remembered from the Dragons rookie class of 2019. The son of former Dragon Wendell Sailor debuted in against the eventual Premiers Sydney Roosters in Round 23, scoring a try at fullback and might have started to regenerate their backline. Jackson Ford brought some late-season energy to the forward pack in his five appearances with a four-pointer to boot in a lean class for the famous Red V.
Finishing bottom of the four-team competition last year, the Dragons made a huge splash in their recruitment to bring across a handful of the Broncos premiership winning side alongside Blues half Maddie Studdon which got them to a first Grand Final - a 30-6 loss to Brisbane. Centre Jessica Sergis was named Dally M Female Player of the Year as the NRLW competition continues to grow from strength to strength each year.
Lower Grades Recap
NSWRL Canterbury Cup
The Dragons NSW Cup side gave fans something to cheer about in September. They won the minor premiership with a side packed with NRL experience and some youthful talent on the edges headlined by Tristian Sailor. Dragons pipped the Rabbitohs on the last day for first place, then proceeded to take a direct line into the preliminary final with an extra-time success against the 4th-placed Bulldogs.
In the precursor to the big dance, Dragons fell victim to the rugby league version of the Mighty Ducks that were Newtown Jets, who went on to win the Canterbury Cup-State Championship double.
NSWRL U20 Jersey Flegg Cup
St George Illawarra's U20 side had a fairly average season, sneaking into 8th place and playing in an Elimination Final. They lost that final to eventual premiers South Sydney.
Knives are already sharpened for Dragons coach Paul McGregor so he needs to get his side off to a fast start in 2020. The roster still contains plenty of experience and talent for the Dragons which might move them to fringe top eight side but some major signings are needed to get them playing football that can compete in the NRL but ultimately, it will fall on their halves once again to keep their head above water or quickly they will be burnt again.
P.S thanks Dragonslayer
An illegal post, lu should arrest agent 99 for one count article misplacement.
It was a good article but far too upbeat about 2020.
If jdb is convicted, you will have a bunch of muddle headed players angry at the world. Plus he will appeal.
If he’s found innocent, the entire expectation of the club will be on his shoulders due to the fact that he was unfairly used as an excuse countless times last year.
My guess is he may have had a hand in a few more wins and general morale, but proportionally diminished due to ongoing Mary-fication.
That court jester training uniform we saw was an inspired choice.
The only person who didn’t think he looked like a complete tool in it was fester.
I want more than sack Mary, I want a resignation and apology to all for the selfish pursuit of shiz at all levels.
Stop trying Mary, just stfu and be on your way.
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