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Rugby League NRL Rd 10 - Saints v Cronulla (Home)

Discussion in 'St George-Illawarra Dragons' started by S J, May 1, 2017.

  1. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Friday 12 May 2017
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    Kogarah Jubilee
     
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    Will be interesting. saints coming off a loss at home. Cronulla coming off a loss from their first game.

    Come be a few changes to run on side. Widdop still missing.
     
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    not sure the Mann experiment worked but he can only improve as a fill in with the storm game under his belt.
    Our defence will have to be a lot better as you can put money on the sharks using Holmes and Co down the sidelines after their forwards push a few plays up the centre
     
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    Our D does compress - so they went wide. It doesn't always work though.

    As I said 6 - 5 tries so not too bad overall.
     
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    I agree on both points
    Our defence does compress ....too much and too often and have been doing so for some seasons which got us nowhere.
    6-5 looks good ...until you actually look at how when and why 4 of our tries were scored then its a case of holy crap batman they were lucky to get them. Of course if we could have kicked a few more goals the score would have looked even better to someone checking final scores to.
    When the storm was running freely and scoring at will at least you had a nice view of the ocean Sj:rolleyes:
    Gallen would appear to be offsetting his aging body with a new career of being a "milkman" so the Dragons will have to watch out for him and his ghostly gold tops.
     
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    The St George Illawarra Dragons will take on the Cronulla Sharks in another local derby on Friday May 12 at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah.

    NRL: 6pm
    NYC: 3.45pm
    Gates: 3.30pm


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    1. Jason Nightingale
    2. Nene Macdonald
    3. Euan Aitken
    4. Tim Lafai
    5. Taane Milne
    6. Kurt Mann
    7. Josh McCrone

    8. Russell Packer
    9. Cameron McInnes
    10. Paul Vaughan
    11. Tyson Frizell (c)
    12. Joel Thompson
    13. Jack de Belin

    Interchange:

    14. Tariq Sims
    15. Leeson Ah Mau
    16. Hame Sele
    17. Jai Field

    18. Kalifa Faifai Loa
    19. Jacob Host
    20. Luciano Leilua
    21. Siliva Havili

    Players unavailable:

    Gareth Widdop (knee) – Round 14
    Josh Dugan (cheekbone) – Round 13
    Drew Hutchison (knee) – season
    Will Matthews (hip) – indefinite
    Kiti Glymin (shoulder) – indefinite
    Levi Dodd (knee) – season
     
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    We may be able to mount a reasonable defence for some of the game BUT where is the spark going to come from in attack??. Will McCrone be the player to hinge our attack on?.
     
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    HE’S played just sparing minutes in his four NRL appearances this season but Dragons youngster Taane Milne will get the chance to remind coach Paul McGregor of his value when he makes his first start against Cronulla at UOW Jubilee Oval on Friday night.

    Milne produced a strong finish to his debut season in 2016, bringing some spark to a floundering attack over the final seven rounds after a strong of standout performances for the Illawarra Cutters in the Intrust Super Premiership.

    The Dragons have not had those attacking issues so far this season with the form of Tim Lafai and Euan Aitken enough to lock down both centre positions after nine rounds.

    With Josh Dugan to miss the Sharks clash with a fractured cheekbone, Jason Nightingale will shift to fullback with Milne coming onto the wing to partner Lafai on the left edge.

    It’s an unfamiliar position for the former schoolboy rugby star, but McGregor is confident Milne can handle the role on the flank.
     
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    We can win this one - but we'll have to really stand up to them early.
     
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    NRL Squad for Round 10 v Cronulla Sharks

    1. Jason Nightingale
    2. Nene Macdonald
    3. Euan Aitken
    4. Tim Lafai
    5. Taane Milne
    6. Kurt Mann
    7. Josh McCrone

    8. Russell Packer
    9. Cameron McInnes
    10. Paul Vaughan
    11. Tyson Frizell (c)
    12. Joel Thompson
    13. Jack de Belin

    Interchange:
    14. Tariq Sims
    15. Leeson Ah Mau
    16. Hame Sele
    17. Jai Field

    18. Kalifa Faifai Loa
    19. Jacob Host

    NYC Squad for Round 10 v Cronulla Sharks:

    1. Steven Marsters
    2. Matheson Johns
    3. Reuben Garrick
    4. Zac Lomax
    5. Jason Gillard
    6. Tristan Sailor
    7. Jackson Willis

    8. Stuart Mason
    9. Reece Robson
    10. Matt Sheppard
    11. Jackson Ford
    12. Jayden Morgan
    13. Joe Lovodua

    Interchange:

    14. TJ Uele
    15. Tom Angel
    16. Dylan Morris
    17. Hayden Lomax

    18. Trent Peoples
    19. Cooper Purcell
    21. Max Bailey
     
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    The Sharks will be all fired up after being in the news for the wrong reasons this week so the Dragons will have their work cut out for them.
    It will be interesting to see how Taane goes on the wing while Nene will be targeted by the sharks backline due to his defensive issues.
     
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    It really is time for something to be done - how many errors can they make ? Coaches may well be sacked because of it. How can everyone at the ground see it - but the myriad of Refs/officials miss it ? Forward passes, knock-ons, etc.

    #nrl http://www.dragons.com.au/…/press_conference_rou.af_video.h…

    Bill Harrigan slams refs as @Cronulla_Sharks beat @NRL_Dragons in controversial fashion. WATCH: https://yhoo.it/2pEXnEP #NRLDragonsSharks

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    Press Conference: Round 10
    St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor and fullback Jason Nightingale discuss the Dragons' 18-14 loss to the Cronulla Sharks at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Friday night.
    dragons.com.au
     
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    Final score line looked very respectable given the Saints had their top two attacking players out and lost Aitken early.

    Dragons
    Were very competitive for the first 50 minutes then started to struggle.
    Errors and "stand and wait" defence caught up with them. You cant stop to see what a player like J Bird will do with the ball.
    You have to move up and tackle them not let them run the ball about.
    Dragons defence was very solid up the middle so like I suggested they might the Sharks spun the ball wide and scored some fine down the flank tries.
    In attack the Dragons should have put more faith in their backs rather than waste tackles with one out runs by the forwards.
    The Dragons did score two fine power forward running tries close to the sharks line and our pack is looking good.

    Sharks
    Made a lot of errors but still had the quality to run out winners against a depleted Dragons side.

    MVP'S for me were J Bird and J Thompson.
    A lot of border line or forward passes with only a couple being called out by the Referees but all in all a much closer contest than would have been expected.
     
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