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Rugby League Rd 17 - Saints v GCTitans (Away)

Discussion in 'St George-Illawarra Dragons' started by S J, Jun 26, 2017.

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    Round 17 , Fri 30 Jun, 6:00 PM (local), Gold Coast.
     
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    Well - if Aitken is back who is to go. We do miss him in the Centres. Mann to bench is a good one.

    Will Frizz be ready ? DB will be back - so some strength to the middle D.

    Should be a win - but who knows.
     
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    If Aitken is fit give him a run or two in the Illawarra side heaven knows they need some help then seeing he is under contract he can fill in for Lafaai perhaps on the bench.
    Haynes put some fire back into the Titans so they may be a real challenge. Mann to the wing and Nene to the bench.
     
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    Rumours abound re halves.
     
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    The rumour I would like about halves is Hunt saving the Dragons some cash and reneging on his deal.
    Losing Dugan for the sake of a few dollars over this deal cost us more than he might be worth.
    Field went ok on the weekend in attack but his lack of defence could fit in well at Nrl level.
    Nona would have been worth a run but went off injured on the weekend.
     
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    NRL Squad for Round 17 v Gold Coast Titans

    1. Josh Dugan
    2. Nene Macdonald
    3. Euan Aitken
    4. Tim Lafai
    5. Jason Nightingale
    6. Gareth Widdop (c)
    7. Kurt Mann

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

    Interchange:
    14. Tariq Sims
    15. Jacob Host
    16. Hame Sele
    17. Josh McCrone

    18. Blake Lawrie
    19. Taane Milne
    21. Matt Dufty
    22. Will Matthews

    Players unavailable:

    Paul Vaughan (calf) – 3-4 weeks
    Drew Hutchison (knee) – indefinite
    Kiti Glymin (shoulder) – indefinite
    Levi Dodd (knee) – season
    Siliva Havili (pectoral) – finals
    Shaun Nona (cheekbone) – indefinite
     
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    NRL Squad for Round 17 v Gold Coast Titans

    1. Josh Dugan
    2. Nene Macdonald
    3. Euan Aitken
    4. Tim Lafai
    5. Jason Nightingale
    6. Gareth Widdop (c)
    7. Kurt Mann
    8. Russell Packer
    9. Cameron McInnes
    10. Leeson Ah Mau
    11. Tyson Frizell
    12. Joel Thompson
    13. Jack de Belin

    Interchange:
    14. Tariq Sims
    15. Jacob Host
    16. Hame Sele
    17. Josh McCrone

    18. Blake Lawrie
    19. Taane Milne


    NYC Squad for Round 17 v Gold Coast Titans

    1. Steven Marsters
    16. Dylan Morris
    3. Matheson Johns
    4. Zac Lomax
    5. Jason Gillard
    6. Tristan Sailor
    7. Jackson Willis

    8. Matt Sheppard
    9. Cooper Purcell
    10. TJ Uele
    11. Jackson Ford
    12. Stuart Mason (c)
    13. Joe Lovodua

    Interchange:

    14. Tom Angel
    15. Brayden Gallagher
    18. Trent Peoples
    19. Max Bailey

    20. Bailey Dickinson
    22. Reuben Garrick
    23. Jai Field
     
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    We'll be the ones in red and white.
     
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    A bumbling penalty filled game with the titans proving to be the better side and getting the win.
    The Dragons never looked like scoring a try but jagged a late one anyway.
    The only good thing I can say about their game is that as clueless as they looked at times they didn't stop trying.
    I honestly after that effort can't see them being in the eight come September.
     
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    You mean the side in the Liverpool soccer playing strip?
     
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    Another poor result. We've had a pretty bad run lately. Don't deserve to be in the 8.

    Again - errors - poor options and no go forward.
     
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    About sums up last night and more than a few other efforts lately.
    The opposition has worked out the Dragons attack and run up quick in defence with their backs living in our back line.
    What I cant understand though is how they successfully do it but when the Dragons try it they get pinged for being offside .
    The only option then is of course is resort to the one out bash n barge with the odd one pass efforts which make them easy targets for being tackled.
    Whenever the Dragons do get into the 10 to 20 metre zone they seem clueless about how to mount a successful attack.
    As for our defence I have said it before they need to be more in the face of the opposition and value every centimetre of the field not just the last 10 to 20 metres.
     
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    It's a bit of everything, isn't it? Yes, to some extent, opposition defences are sussing out the Dragons, but at the same time, they are bot executing when they do get the opportunities in attack crisply as they did at the start of the season. How many passes went to no-one or behind players in attacking moves? And their defence is just not good enough. Individual effort is fine; it's a matter of organisation. Also, Hurrell must be one of the worst defenders in the comp. Forget those big hits: positionally, he hasn't got a clue. Wouldn't it make sense to target him?
     
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    Meanwhile, people like Mark Gasnier were saying how good Hurrell was, so what do I know?
     

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