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Rugby League NRL - Round 21 - Saints v Newcastle (Away)

Discussion in 'St George-Illawarra Dragons' started by S J, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Saints v Newcastle
    Saturday 29/7
    03:00 PM


    Newcastle Stadium
     
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    So - does Duges play NSW Cup this week ? Does DB miss a week ? Will Thommo return ? Will Aitken play ? Will Frizz play ?

    It would be nice to have all on deck for once.

    A must win / should win, game.
     
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    Will Duges move to centre if Aitken is out ?
     
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    seems a bit like Deja Vu. Didn't we only just play the Knights?. The Nrl really needs to address their crappy game roster.
     
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    NRL Squad for Round 21 v Newcastle Knights

    1. Matt Dufty
    2. Nene Macdonald
    3. Josh Dugan
    4. Tim Lafai
    5. Jason Nightingale
    6. Gareth Widdop (c)
    7. Josh McCrone

    8. Leeson Ah Mau
    9. Cameron McInnes
    10. Paul Vaughan
    11. Tyson Frizell
    12. Joel Thompson
    13. Jack de Belin

    Interchange:

    14. Tariq Sims
    15. Jacob Host
    16. Russell Packer
    17. Kurt Mann

    18. Blake Lawrie
    19. Taane Milne
    20. Jake Marketo
    21. Luciano Leilua

    Players unavailable:

    Euan Aitken (shoulder) - indefinite
    Drew Hutchison (knee) – indefinite
    Kiti Glymin (shoulder) – indefinite
    Siliva Havili (pectoral) – finals
    Levi Dodd (knee) – season
     
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    NYC Squad for Round 21 v Newcastle Knights:

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

    8. Stuart Mason (c)
    9. Joe Lovodua
    10. Josh Dowel
    11. Trent Peoples
    12. Jackson Ford
    13. Brayden Gallagher

    Interchange:

    14. TJ Uele
    15. Tom Angel
    16. Elijah Hunt
    17. Hayden Lomax

    18. Bailey Dickinson
    19. Jack Cross
    20. Max Bailey
    21. Dylan Morris
    22. Vinnie Tikeri
    23. Cooper Purcell
     
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    ISP Team for Round 21 v Newcastle Knights:

    1. Jordan Pereira
    2. Kalifa Faifai Loa
    3. Patrick Herbert
    4. Matheson Johns
    5. Izaac Thompson
    6. Adam Clune
    7. Jack Payne

    8. Jacob Hind
    9. Jake Marketo
    10. Blake Lawrie
    11. Will Matthews
    12. Luciano Leilua
    13. Hame Sele


    Interchange:


    14. Sam Clune
    15. Jesse Dee
    16. Josh Kerr
    17. Rhys Kennedy

    21. Kal Collins
     
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    In two minds on the Dugan at centre selection.
    Dugan IS our best Fullback and should be in the number 1 spot.
    He has however signed elsewhere for next season and Mary does need to start work on filling the hole for 2018.
    Dufty went against the Seagles with the Saints having lots of possession.

    It basically comes down to do you want the best available players in their best positions in 2017 or not?.
     
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    DRAGONS centre Tim Lafai is excited by the prospect of a backline featuring both Josh Dugan and livewire rookie Matt Dufty after the latter produced a stunning debut against Manly last week.

    Dugan, still nursing the rigours of another Origin series, was absent from the clash with a hamstring injury opening the door for 21-year-old Dufty’s first NRL start.

    He made the most of it with two try assists and a try to go with 194 running metres. It was enough for him to retain the No. 1 jumper for Saturday’s clash with Newcastle with Dugan returning in the centres to cover for the injured Euan Aitken.

    Lafai, who is the club leader for linebreaks this season, said the shift makes the already potent Dragons backline even more formidable.

    “Matt Dufty had an awesome game last week,” Lafai said.
     
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    It was supposed to be a game of a top 8 side versus a team in a fight for the spoon but the script didn't go that way.

    A great game plan and some in your face defence put the Dragons off their game saw the Knights take the win and the points.
    The Knights will be a force next season

    The Dragons???
    The Good
    Offloads and more offloads.

    The Bad
    Offloads were fine BUT they mostly ran around in circles.
    Errors by the dozen mostly helped by rushing due to the Knights defence
    Same ol crap defensive pattern
    To bunched in possession with the wingers spending more time in the ruck area than on the wing.
    Nene had a game to forget although he wasn't the only one.

    Summary

    One more loss and the eighth spot is as good as gone save for F/A tallies
    You have to hope Millward watched todays game. The Dugan at Centre was a waste and all he did was lose the club a brilliant FB.
     
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    If it was the Under 8s you'd drop Lafai for next week. And - get a new Dad to Coach ... :)
     
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    ST GEORGE Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has slammed the NRL bunker as "embarrassing and incompetent" after two disallowed tries in a shock loss to Newcastle.

    Asked for his thoughts on the decision to deny centre Tim Lafai and winger Nene McDonald, McGregor said: "Embarrassing and incompetent.

    "Anyone who knows rugby league will know they were wrong. The ball went back and (Trent) Hodkinson took a dive."

    Captain Gareth Widdop added: “They spend millions of dollars on it and don't get it right."

    But McGregor said his team must take responsibility for the result.

    "It's too far between our best and our worst. Today was too close to our worst. There's disappointed people and I'm one of them."
     
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    It's not the fault of the Bunker the Dragons lost. Poor completion and too many unforced errors. The Knights dropped plenty of ball, but the Dragons were even worse.
     
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    Yes - Error compounded error. They made the breaks and had their chances. I felt the two disallowed tries were pretty "iffy" but even so - they still should have won.
     
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    If it was any other team but the Dragons you would be amazed BUT running up a big score against a top 4 side one week and falling over against a side in contention for the spoon the next wouldn't be considered unusual by the Gong side these days.
    A couple of "iffy" tries denied really had bugger all impact on the game. It was there to be won but the Dragons fell over their own game plan and errors.
     
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    I cannot believe these refs continually make the same errors, and shift momentum. The on field referees clearly did not understand how the bunker refs came to the decisions that did. Disgusting to watch, yes the dragons continued to turn over ball, but with two tries disallowed within minutes of one another what else would you expect
     
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    Well said Mad Bazz ... :)
     
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    Agree MB.
     
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    Well said Archie. Great first post.
     
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