Discussion in 'St George-Illawarra Dragons' started by S J, Apr 26, 2017.
Round 9 , Sun 30 Apr, 4:00 PM (local),
Well - Widdop out - who to bring in ?
Will be a very hard one.
We will be able to mount a defence but Widdop is the centre of the Dragons attack so we could be back to last years attack when he wasn't firing well.
The St George Illawarra Dragons will take on the Melbourne Storm in the Emergency Services Cup on Sunday April 30 at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
1:30pm – Gates open
1:45pm – NYC kick-off
4:00pm – NRL kick-off
Storm by 22!
Yes - it will be hard. We can still do it though. Tough it out. Saints by 12.
Its not the storms score that interests me. The question is how many points the Dragons can put on the board without Widdop. The Dragons might spring an upset
ST GEORGE Illawarra workhorse Jack de Belin says he’s happy to shift to the halves if Dragons coach Paul McGregor looks out of the box to fill the void left by injured skipper Gareth Widdop.
Widdop underwent scans on his left knee on Wednesday and is facing up to a month on the sidelines after suffering a medial ligament injury in the Dragons golden-point loss to the Roosters on Anzac Day.
Kurt Mann was injected in the halves to replaced Widdop moments before halftime, but shifted to the wing for a large chunk of the second half after fullback Josh Dugan left the field for an HIA. It left de Belin feeding the scrums, though he still managed to make 35 tackles and run for 119 metres.
It was an unexpected detour, but De Belin said it wasn’t too much of a stretch as the Dragons fell just short of a courageous victory.
“It was disappointing not to get the win but at the same time it showed a lot of our characteristics with our resilience and being able to hang in there when things were going against us,” de Belin said.
Mann appears most likely to wear the No. 6 if McGregor looks for a like-for-like replacement for Widdop, but should he opt for the likes of young-gun Jai Field or reserve grade half Shaun Nona, de Belin could well spend some time on the edge.
The Dragons will start as underdogs against Melbourne without their skipper, but de Belin remains confidence his side can spring an upset.
“When you’ve got a spine like they do, every time you come up against them it’s going to be a tough one,” de Belin said.
“But I feel like the way we’re playing at the moment, the confidence and the belief in each other, it doesn't matter who we’re playing, we’ll be sweet.”
Idiot dragon supporters. ..1 brother & my old Man. Lol!
NRL Squad for Round 9 v Melbourne Storm:
1. Josh Dugan
2. Nene Macdonald
3. Euan Aitken
4. Tim Lafai
5. Jason Nightingale
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
14. Tariq Sims
15. Leeson Ah Mau
16. Hame Sele
17. Taane Milne
18. Jai Field
19. Blake Lawrie
20. Luciano Leilua
21. Jacob Host
Gareth Widdop (knee) – Round 14
Drew Hutchison (knee) – season
Will Matthews (hip) – indefinite
Kiti Glymin (shoulder) – indefinite
Levi Dodd (knee) – season
could be worse I suppose. Could be a long time Parra supporter or if you are a real masochist follow the choccy soldiers this season
We'll be there today.
Always love sitting and looking out over the ocean ...
If the Dragons don't turn up to play then that view might be the best thing you see at the Gong. This game will be a real test of how our attack can function for a full game without Widdop.
We can do it - I'm not really expecting win with Widdop out - but a close one would be good. But - who knows.
win or lose all I want is a maximum effort that doesnt involve back pedalling or grasping stand and wait defence as you just cant do that against side like the Storm.
We know they can put in a good defensive effort but our attack is a big unknown for this game.
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