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Season Preview - St George & Illawarra Dragons
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Ins: Mike Cooper (Warrington), Dylan Farrell (Rabbitohs), Matt Groat (Tigers), Peter Mata’utia (Knights), Joel Thompson (Raiders), Gareth Widdop (Storm), Sam Williams (Raiders), Michael Witt (London).

Outs: Matt Cooper (Retired), Evander Cummins (Eels), Nathan Fien (Retired), Jackson Hastings (Roosters), Cameron King (Cowboys), Matt Prior (Sharks), Kem Seru (Roosters), Chase Stanley (Bulldogs), Daniel Vidot (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Hull KR).

2013 Record – 14th, 18 points (7 wins, 17 losses).

Stat Rankings:

Attack: 15th, 15.79  ppg

Defence: 11th, 22.08 ppg

Marquee Man: Trent Merrin – In an otherwise poor season for the Dragons, back rower Merrin was a standout. First in Offloads and second in Average Tackles, Metres Gained and Runs, the South Coast Junior led from the front and it was this kind of form that saw him reclaim his sky blues jersey.

Under the Spotlight: Josh Dugan – Known more for his off field exploits, Dugan made an instant impression after being thrown a mid-season lifeline by the Dragons. A talented ball running fullback, Dugan possesses the natural ability to be an overwhelming success in the game, however one fears that he may be only a Pineapple Cruiser away from an extended stint on the sidelines.

Draw Analysis: Have some tough away trips with visits to New Zealand, Melbourne and Canberra. Also have a tough run in, with only 2 of their last 7 at home.

Verdict:

St George were woeful in 2013, recording their worst finish to a season in the history of the joint venture club.

At times their attack showed about as much life as that of a corpse, failing to trouble the scorers on two occasions and winning just 2 games by 13 points or more all season.

Steve Price’s coaching ability continues to come under question, however to be fair this will be the first season he’s had a chance to assemble a squad more suited to his style of play.

The Dragons have recruited some smart halves in Widdop and Williams, however depth in the forwards looks to be of concern especially if injuries strike early.

If you think the Dragons can improve, they are $1.80 to record Over 8.5 wins with Centrebet. 

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