ROUND 18 of the Telstra Premiership sees Saints travel to Parramatta for a highly anticipated match against the highly fancied Eels. Following a dismal display preceding the bye where Saints were out-thought and out-classed by the talented young Tigers, St George Illawarra missed a golden opportunity to move into the Top 4 and finds itself tittering on the inner edge of the Top 8 with a perceived tough draw ahead.
FOLLOWING a gritty win over the winless Knights, St George Illawarra travel to Melbourne this weekend in pursuit of their 6th win on the trot. In the early years of Melbourne?s existence, St George, Illawarra and St George Illawarra had a very good record in Melbourne. However, since the 1999 semi-finals, Saints haven?t been able to record a win in Melbourne.
IT?S hard to believe but only 22 days ago, Saints were 200 seconds away from being 1-6 from its first 7 games. Since Matthew Head?s improvisation in that pivotal play on Anzac Day, Saints have gone on to record a come from behind win against the Wests Tigers and demoralised both South Sydney and Penrith in the last two weeks and now finds itself back in the familiar position of 5-5.
ONLY a trial? Maybe. Very disappointing? Definitely.
WITH the euphoria and excitement of the Anzac Day win over the Roosters, fresh in the mind, it is imperative that Saints put back to back wins together to get our season back on track. With that in mind, the Dragon Army needs to come out in force & support our boys on Sunday afternoon.
THERE has not been a bad game between the Dragons & the Roosters for many a year & with both sides desperate for a win on Monday, things should not be any different.
THE two best things to come out of last weeks gallant loss to the Panthers out at Penrith Park. Firstly, the club showed a lot more heart ? in previous weeks, it would?ve been 48-8 instead of 18-8; secondly, English referee Russell Smith cannot referee us two weeks in a row.
WHO would?ve thought that the fixture corresponding to last season?s 4th vs 5th semi final would be a match to decide who props up the NRL ladder only 6 months later?
CAN we please try that again? Last Friday was not the start to the season that Dragons fans wanted. The team played below our expectations & there wasn?t enough Red & White in the stands for a game against one of our traditional rivals.
THERE is no bigger ask in Rugby League than playing the defending premiers on their home ground. And to add more spice to the encounter, the Dragons are hardly coming off the ideal preparation on or off the paddock. With that in mind, the Dragon Army needs to come out in force & support our boys on Friday night.