It doesn't surprise me at all.They still seem stuck on the two wingers who don't seem to understand defence. Interesting to see our two young wingers - now playing for Manly and NZW - going so well.
could have been worse for us. we might have played as well as Parra has been and then get flogged this weekend rather than just beaten.Supposedly a home game that we play away.
With our play todate we'll be lucky to win this one. Thankfully its Newcastle - but still a hard one.
Yes - not sure what thing is about Coaches have to come from inside.It doesn't surprise me at all.
There is something rotten at the Dragons with in house coaching( not just the coach )methodology and those that go to other teams often proper under and outside coaching style.
I really feel our major issue is the Coach. They are a good squad - albeit with some crucial injuries and suspensions. BUT - still - if you have a 12 or 14 point lead you should be able to go on with it.
If you can play a good 40 - you can play a good 80. Its simple.Not sure you can lay all the blame at Marys feet.
Apart from Bennett the Dragons have virtually always used in house former players as coaches and the same problems with the game has persisted for years.
They might hit some form for a few games and then find new ways to lose as other teams find answers to the Dragons play.
The Dragons cant or wont adapt.
Instead they always fall back to the same stand and wait or defend on the retreat defence hoping if they finish on their goal line they can defend that.
It works for a little while then the swiss cheese opens up.
Their attack becomes one out no pass, no offload die with the ball running.
As they become more frustrated discipline and handling flies out the window so they give away penalties and easy field position..
They have now become very a good forty minute side only excelling lately when they line up against the Broncos.
Guess they all remember Langer singing Saints can play so they have a reason to play 80 minutes.
We only played the Knights a few weeks ago and just scraped home so it should be another interesting match up.
It sounds simple BUT to play the first 40 well maybe they get too tired and have lactic acid build up in the sheds at half time or they need to change their energy drink.If you can play a good 40 - you can play a good 80. Its simple.
They do miss JdB and Widdop. BUT - a few need to step up - or step out.
Its not "choking" - they just shut-up shop. Not sure why. I do feel its a mental thing.It sounds simple BUT to play the first 40 well maybe they get too tired and have lactic acid build up in the sheds at half time or they need to change their energy drink.
Whatever the cause of their game plan falling apart or being woken up to by the opposition they need to adapt and quickly or they will be looking at the "choker" tag
we can call it anything but the facts remain the same.Its not "choking" - they just shut-up shop. Not sure why. I do feel its a mental thing.
How many halves do we need ? I think we have to have a serious look at our squad and make some "hard" decisions.we can call it anything but the facts remain the same.
Everyone knows they can, could, should but don't do better.
J Graham is a real leader for the first half
The Dragons need a spur to keep up the effort in the second half.
With Widdop wanting to go home the Dragons should give a bit of thought to taking up Maloney for the remainder of the season. especially if the Choccies pay a large part of his contract.
He might be aging BUT he did the impossible and got the sharks a premiership.
Given the Dragons injury record with halves over the years we can probably not have enough.How many halves do we need ? I think we have to have a serious look at our squad and make some "hard" decisions.
Given the Dragons injury record with halves over the years we can probably not have enough.
Its been a littany of problems going back to when Billy Smith was moved to the centres. knees, kidneys, physical injuries including broken legs, dislocated shoulders and of course some just couldn't tackle or didn't fit in but went elsewhere did very well.
Others played very well for a game or two then faded away once the press said how good they were.
I am predicting a big change in effort for this game against the Knights as some have a lot to play for ….as a team.