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Rugby League Saints - 2018 - UPDATE

Discussion in 'St George-Illawarra Dragons' started by S J, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. stanleyg

    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    I totally understand your comments about Thompson and do hope the Dragons get the best out of Leilua.
    Thompson is an entirely different player though.
    Very good in defence
    Very mobile
    very good in backing up in attack.
    a seasoned player

    Leilua at this stage
    is not mobile except when running the ball hard in attack
    is inconsistent in both attack (rushes his plays) and not that crash hot in defence.
    He is big
    he is solid
    he could develop into a great player

    but at this stage in their careers Thompson has it all over him as a second rower so the Dragons loss is the Seagles big gain.
     
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    ALX22 Well-Known Member

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    Big risk, also a potential loss in fans.
     
  3. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    The Qatari sheik interested in getting involved in rugby league is poised to make a bid to buy the St George Illawarra Dragons.

    One of the world’s wealthiest men with an estimated worth of over $60 billion, Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani is set to target the Dragons. Reports emerged earlier this month that the oil tycoon is keen to invest in rugby league after learning of the game from Australian mates.

    And WWOS has been told that Thani is considering buying the Dragons and attempting to make them a super power in world sport.
     
  4. stanleyg

    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    Believe it if and when I see it.
    It would also probably entail
    removing any mention of "Saints"
    No alcohol advertising
    Maybe praying 5 times a day.

    Probably more chance of the sheik buying a soccer team as they are better actors than the league players who only make average milkmen.

    I would prefer if the Dragons are that badly in debt they sell off 49% to the fans as the clubs are still required to play within the set salary cap and the other clubs would cry foul if a sheik paid large 3rd party deals which as an owner he wouldn't be allowed to do anyway
     
  5. S J

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    Walmsley apparently still on the boil ... :)
     
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    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    The way the players wear jerseys these days he might have to bulk up a bit :confused:or some forward is choking on Hunts jersey trying to put it on
     
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    There's not a lot $60 billion can't get you and Qatari billionaire Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani is reportedly looking to put some of his significant fortune into rugby league with the Dragons top of his shopping list.

    While the injection of such significant money at the club would surely be a blessing, reports suggest officials at the Dragons are reluctant to hear any sort of offer on the assumption their jobs could be at risk should Thani takeover. The Dragons have struggled on the pitch in recent years having made the finals just once in the past six seasons.

    Thani, with ten children to his name, owns more 20 hotels around the world and has a museum dedicated to preserving Qatar's history named after him.
     
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    A big risk, but would be nice to hear his vision.
     
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    didn't Thompson leave the Gong beaches for the northern ones?
     
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    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Just making sure you're reading it StG ... ;)
     
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    1 Matt Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop, 7 Ben Hunt, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Jack De Belin.

    Interchange: 14 Leeson Ah Mau, 15 Hame Sele, 16 Jacob Host, 17 Kurt Mann. Reserves:

    18 Mitchell Allgood 19 Blake Lawrie 20 Jeremy Latimore 21 Jai Field.
     
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    Sale apparently moving forward - news very soon.
     
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    THE BEST 17 ?

    1. Matt Dufty
    2. Jason Nightingale
    3. Euan Aitken
    4. Tim Lafai
    5. Nene Macdonald
    6. Gareth Widdop
    7. Ben Hunt

    8. Paul Vaughan
    9. Cameron McInnes
    10. James Graham
    11. Tyson Frizell
    12. Tariq Sims
    13. Jack De Belin

    14. Kurt Mann
    15. Leeson Ah Mau
    16. Jacob Host
    17. Luciano Leilua

    OTHERS: Darren Nicholls, Jai Field, Jordan Pereira, Patrick Herbert, Reuben Garrick, Steven Marsters, Tristan Sailor, Zac Lomax, Blake Lawrie, Hame Sele, Jackson Ford, Jeremy Latimore, Josh Kerr, Mitchell Allgood, Reece Robson.
     
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    I was hoping to put them in as 7th spot in the 2018 top 8 but the line up doesn't inspire me so I guess I will have to see how they gel in their pre season games.
     
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    I agree with the final comment - Top 4 this year.

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    It was only this time last year that pundits and experts predicted a cellar-dweller finish for the mighty Dragons and, to be honest, it was hard to disagree with them.

    Instead Saints burst out of the gates and raced to the top of the ladder within the first few rounds, and the red and white army made sure they didn’t book a holiday in September. However, in what has been a recent trend for the joint venture, they stumbled through an underwhelming second half of the season and finished ninth.

    Looking ahead to 2018 we have seen some very aggressive recruitment drives, with teams looking more impressive than ever. It has been widely predicted that 2018 may become a three-horse race between the Melbourne Storm, North Queensland Cowboys and Sydney Roosters. Favouritism has never really meant much, and here’s why the Dragons can raise eyebrows in 2018.

    Headlines have been dominated by player movements in 2017, and the catalyst of all of this was Ben Hunt signing a lucrative deal with the Dragons. A poor 40 minutes on the biggest stage of them all was all it took for Broncos supporters to have doubts over their star halfback.

    Gareth Widdop has been a solo superstar at the Dragons but now finally has the opportunity to combine with a player of similar stature. Attack has been the main criticism of Paul McGregor’s team, and Hunt’s creativity combined with Widdop’s strong passing and running game can cause some big upsets in 2018.

    Aaron Woods’s controversial move to the Bulldogs was considered one of the coups of the year. Starting Australian front-rower, prop of the year – who wouldn’t want him at their club? Well, maybe not Bulldogs fans, because subsequently skipper and fan favourite James Graham was pushed out.

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, with the Dragons swooping immediately on the tough Englishman. It’s hard to go past names like James Tedesco, Cooper Cronk or Jordan Mclean as the top signings for 2018, but I would have no problem with the suggestion that James Graham may be the most influential.

    As mentioned before, attack has been a constant problem for the Dragons, and the thing that makes James Graham such a large influence is his neat passing game. A front-rower with the ability to throw short crisp passes adds a whole new element to an attack.

    Graham leads from the front and gets in the ears of his teammates, which is what the Dragons have lacked, especially in the second half of the season. James Graham and Paul Vaughan as the starting front-row combining with Tyson Frizell making tackle-busting runs and the Dragons have a formidable forward pack.

    You are not a true rugby league fan if you are not disappointed with your team for not making the finals in any year. Once the disappointment of the ninth-place finish had subsided, Dragons fans must see 2017 as a huge step forward.

    Many players had breakout years, but none more so than Jack De Belin and Cameron McInnes. De Belin had average running metres of 146.6, a resounding improvement on his previous seasons. Strong running combined with a very tight defence led to De Belin being included in the New South Wales squad as 18th man.

    McInnes on the other hand, finished the year with the highest tackle count in the NRL, making 1,155 tackles. Another strong start to the season and Brad Fitler may be taking a very close look.

    Whether the Dragons are successful in 2018 largely depends on the success of Matt Dufty. He is young, boasts speed and evasiveness similar to Billy Slater and has crafty ball skills. If the young gun can link up with his halves smoothly and be sound in defence, then Dragons fans should get excited. Considering he is still developing, the fullback spot does present question marks and will define the Dragons season.

    It is extremely difficult to see the Dragons challenging the likes of the Roosters, Cowboys and Storm for the premiership, but I have seen weirder things happen. It might not be the year of the Dragon, but a strong recruitment drive and a year to build on may see the red and white fly high to snatch a top-four finish.
     

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