BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Tyson Frizell of the Dragons looks to break away from the defence during the round nine NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on May 11, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

After surrendering yet another substantial halftime lead in their Magic Round loss to the Warriors, Dragons second-rower Tyson Frizell believes their second-half stumbles are purely mental.

Starting to slip into a worrying trend, St George Illawarra led the Eels 14-6 at one stage in round eight, before they crumbled defensively to eventually go down 32-18 losers.

Unfortunately for the Red V faithful, lightning struck twice, with Paul McGregor’s men leading 18-6 at halftime before eventually going down 26-18 to a desperately out of form Warriors side.

While the NSW Origin and Kangaroos representative sympathised with the club’s fan base off the back of consecutive second-half collapses, in which the Dragons have conceded an un-ideal 46 second-half points while simultaneously scoring a paltry four, Frizell detailed to the media he is not overly worried as he sees a clear solution to this problem for the injury-ravaged Dragons.

“It’s pretty disappointing for ourselves as a team after coming out and starting [the first halves] in the past two weeks so well and coming out and losing the second half quite convincingly,” Frizell told

“There are areas there that we can work on. It’s not something that we intentionally go out there and not perform.

“Halftime is probably not a situation that we want to come to because we’re usually on the front foot.

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“But we need to better … It’s all a mindset issue I think for us.”

While Frizell remained calm in regard to his teammate’s second-half fadeouts, coach Paul McGregor did not share the same sentiments following their loss to the Warriors.

“It is concerning, I’m not going to hide from it,” said McGregor.

“You’ve got to be a consistent side for 80 minutes in this competition. We showed last week in how dominant we were for 40, and again tonight, but it’s not good enough.

“You’ve got to be consistent for 80 minutes and disciplined in what you do and be clear about what it takes to get the job done.

“We’ve got a few people, as players and as coaches, who’ve got to look at why it’s happening and address it. Quickly.”

While missing key players such as Korbin Sims, Corey Norman, Gareth Widdop, and Jack De Belin clearly does not help the Dragons’ cause, Frizell refused to use the Dragons’ injury woes as an excuse.

“We’ve got the ability there, we’ve got the fitness, we’ve got the structure around our plays,” he said.

“It’s just sticking there for the 80 minutes. We need to start our first half how we start our second half.”

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Having limped to three consecutive losses after stringing together a period of consistent form, the Dragons will be hoping to get back in the winner’s circle when they face in-form Newcastle Knights.

In a timely boost for the Dragons’ prospects, Korbin Sims has been named on the extended bench to make his return against the very team he broke his arm against in round four.


  1. Yeah that’s what he said last year about second half of season fade outs too and criticised fans for criticising St Choke after they had lost 3 in a row and then went on to lose 7 or 8 in a row. It might be purely mental Frizell, but you guys lack the brains to do anything about it.

  2. It so easy to work out why St Illawarra are faders. After they build up a lead like they did against Parra recently, the Saint Steelers look around for support and they see 1D10T fans like redv13 singing out to parra fans like Kev saying……

    redv13 May 5, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    Good luck today Kev. πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ’ž Hope it’s a cracker of a game with minimal influence from the refs πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

  3. With The Red V, There Has Been A Few Things That Has Troubled Them This Season. Firstly There Is The Injuries & Suspensions (Which Is Not An Excuse Given The Way Cronulla & Sydney Have Performed).

    Secondly There Is The Team Selection Right Through From 1 To 17. They Have A Slow Backline, Forwards Who Are Out Of Shape & A Spot Which Is Wasted On The Bench.

    This Is What I’d Like To See Next Year, Along With Some Proper Management πŸ‘

    1. Dufty
    2. Oates (Sign From Brisbane)
    3. Lomax
    4. Gutherson (Sign From Parramatta)
    5. Pereira / Lafai / Aitken
    6. Norman
    7. Hunt
    8. Kerr
    9. Mcinnes
    10. Vaughan
    11. Host
    12. Sims
    13. De Belin

    14. Robson / Field
    15. Graham / Lawrie
    16. Welch (Sign From Melbourne)
    17. Flegler (Sign From Brisbane)

    • Nice effort but we’re the dragons not the roosters. We comply with the salary cap each season. Not sure there is 2 million plus available in funds for those 4 recruits.
      P.S: I nearly vomited with Lafai/Aitken on the wing 🀒🀒🀒 and where is Frizzel and K Sims??

      • Frizzel and Sims must have been given brown paper bags from Russell Crowe and headed over to the soufffffffffffffffffffs “TRANSIT LOUNGE”

        How’s Kev going redv13πŸ’©πŸ‘ƒπŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘… – – – – – -πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘==========πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

      • REDV13 Cry me a river πŸ’© breath. You remind me of a person……..blah blah blah………..CLOWN 🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑

        • Redv13, Haha What Am I Thinking! I Totally Forgot About Frizzel & Sims πŸ˜‚ (Maybe McGregor Edited My Post & Is Gonna Put Those 2 In Reserve Grade).

          Aitken I Personally See As A Winger Because He Is A Good Strong Ball Runner With A Good Fend, But Isn’t The Greatest Defender. While Lafai Is Just Overrated & Needs To Be Moved On Lol.

          1. Dufty
          2. Oates (Sign From Brisbane)
          3. Lomax
          4. Gutherson (Sign From Parramatta)
          5. Pereira / Aitken
          6. Norman
          7. Hunt
          8. Graham
          9. Mcinnes
          10. Vaughan
          11. Frizell
          12. Sims
          13. De Belin

          14. Robson / Field
          15. Sims
          16. Kerr / Host / Lawrie
          17. Flegler (Sign From Brisbane)

          Who Do You Think Is Needed To Add Some Spark?

  4. It’s all very well to say the problem is all mental with the Dragons. then its up to the Coach to do something about the so called mental fade outs. What has McGregor done ? Absolutely nothing, he might as well not even be there at half time. There is only 1 solution left to do and that is to sack the coach and get someone in from outside with a tough approach. Look how Craig Bellamy read the riot act to the Melbourne Storm after they only lost by 2 points to Cronulla, the next week they came out and put 64 points on the opposition, thet’s the sort of coach the Dragons need.

  5. FFS every team has their ups and downs during a season including the Dragons.
    You Red V fans that bag your own team are worthless and shouldn’t comment on football at all.
    We don’t need mass changes we just need to play more consistent footy over 80 more minutes.
    We proved against the Roosters we can match it with the best.
    One thing the team can improve on is the ball carriers need to find the players hitting the gaps, we have stuffed this up so many times already this season.

    • Cmonthedragons, The Saints Are Getting On The Right Foot Don’t Get Me Wrong! Im Only Voicing My Opinion On How I Think We Can Improve The Squad & Return To The Summit Like 2009 & 2010.

      Some Problems Are Crystal Clear Though! Ravalawa / Lafai Are Not Exactly The Best Backs Going Around, There Starts To Sets Are Sluggish. While The Bench Forwards Are Getting Caught Out In Defence On A Regular Basis In The 2nd Half, Leaking Points.

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