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Rugby League Round 24 - Saints v Brisbane (Away)

Discussion in 'St George-Illawarra Dragons' started by S J, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. Bazza

    Bazza Well-Known Member

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    Nearly 10, but the reverse mate :p:D:D
     
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    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    Dragons tried hard but were outclassed and outplayed by the Broncos.
    To many simple errors and here are just a few....
    Dugan stuffs a catch he would catch in his sleep to let in first try
    Dugan drops ball ( with a little help?) over the line for what should have been a good try
    Nighty caught in field not marking up his opposite winger( another try).
    Kicking ball dead on the full off a kick off ( at least they didn't fail to find touch on penalty kicks this week)

    On the bright side our defence looked a lot more committed BUT still gave away too many easy metres and in the end was left scrambling trying to keep up with the offload and passes by the Broncos.
    The Dragons attack showed some spark BUT still too much one out running and not enough offload passes to be effective.

    The Dragons can start serious planning for next season and working out how they are going to start paying back the massive loan to the Nrl now the last few games of this season are nothing more than a distraction.
     
  3. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Strong effort but the usual errors and injuries - to the usual players cost us dearly.

    You do have to ask yourself why we would have been willing to pay Duges $800k pa - when you look at the errors and injuries he sustains.
     
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    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    As a full back he would be worth it but as a FB playing centre as a FB no and that's the rub......Great FB but a lot of hype on him to be a centre because our SOG selectors pick players out of position thinking that's the way to win for some reason.
    Injuries come with commitment to your game and the way Dufty put in his effort he was lucky he didn't get some injuries from the attention the Broncos defence gave him
     
  5. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    He isn't worth it - he is either out for Rep games or injury and makes too many mistakes.

    He plays as an individual - not a team player. We are better off with a "Boyd" type. Sure - he can win a game - but more often than not - he doesn't.
     
  6. stanleyg

    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    You basically hit the nail on the head SJ.
    The Dragons all mostly play as INDIVIDUALS.
    All that one out running with bugger all offloading when they have the ball and its the same disjointed individualism to their defence bar about 20 minutes of cohesive football each game.
    Boyd also was a selfish FB when at the Dragons who didn't like to be tackled.
    Dugan on the other hand puts his body on the line.
    It is amazing how a lot of people embrace a player as a team saviour then turn on them in Dugans case because he is leaving.
    Soward suffered the same fate but in his case because the poor bugger couldn't tackle although his other skills were pretty good and often a game winner.
     
  7. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    I'm not turning on him - I feel we don't use him properly. I'm merely pointing out a fact.

    I like him as a player - but he does need to fit in. We've seen it time and again - a star player - who doesn't - or won't - fit in. Hayne is a classic case.
     
  8. stanleyg

    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    I didn't say you had SJ but that's what happens to "big name " players.
    One moment they are the possible saviour the next the fans are happy to show them the door or use them as the culprit for poor team effort with some media prodding.
    Look at the "playne drama at the Titans.
    Both Duges and Hayne are FB's who both need to "encouraged" to set up their team mates rather than try to do it all themselves.
    With the Dragons they need to play for each other and promote the use of the ball instead of a lot of solo efforts.
    I can understand however if you are playing for a contract you might want to be a bit selfish with your play in the hope you do something brilliant
     

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