St George Illawarra
Dragons
14
Cronulla
Sharks
18
FULLTIME
2017-05-12T08:00:00Z
UOW Jubilee Oval

Preview

Another team hurt by the rep round, the Dragons lost Josh Dugan to a cheekbone injury which sends Jason Nightingale into the number one jersey.

Without Gareth Widdop, they struggled offensively a fortnight ago against the Storm and the loss of their fullback will only compound that issue.

The Sharks continued their strong away form last start with a win against the resurgent Tigers and will look to continue that this weekend.

They’ll welcome back Luke Lewis into a side looking to square the ledger against the Dragons following a 16-10 loss to them in round three.

The battle of the bigs promises to be an exciting one with Andrew Fifita, Lewis, Wade Graham and Paul Gallen taking on an in-form Paul Vaughan, Tyson Frizell, Joel Thompson and Jack de Belin.

In order for the Dragons to make it 2-0 against the reigning premiers this season, they must make it a defensive grind. In some ways, that will play into Cronulla’s hands but the longer they can keep this game competitive, they better chance they’ll have of avoiding three losses on the trot.

Sharks by 8.

Team Lists

Team Stats


Scoring Plays

Dragons   Sharks
2 Tries 3
2 Conversions 3
1 Penalty Goals 0
0 Field Goals 0

Attack

Dragons   Sharks
185 All Runs 166
1,628 All Run Metres 1,436
2 Line Breaks 7
17 Offloads 13

Defense

Dragons   Sharks
635 Kick Metres 497
0 40/20 0
308 Tackles 315
28 Missed Tackles 33

Discipline

Dragons   Sharks
4 Penalties Conceded 7
4 Errors 14
0 Sin Bin 0
0 Send Offs 0

Player Stats

Summary

 

11 COMMENTS

  1. Cronulla were lucky tonight – the last pass in their final try was a lucky one and Graham dropped it in the play the ball. I’m not complaining, these things cut both ways. Saints will win a lot of games with that level of effort, particularly when Widdop and Dugan come back. With all the errors that Cronulla made they would have been smashed by a team like Melbourne.

  2. Definitely not my go to complain but gee how could the refs miss Wade Graham knocking on as he played the ball which lead to the last try… added the first sharks try off a Fwd pass… seriously down on troops take heart dragons … the better lost that one…. it will swing around..

  3. Once again the Dragons’ lack of quality halves cost them dearly. Unfortunately this problem will not be remedied until next season. McCrone’s kicking was diabolical tonight – again.
    Sharkies bombed a couple, which made the scoreline look better for the Dragons.

    • I’m guessing I’m in a minority here but I thought McCrone’s kicking game wasn’t that bad considering he was playing with a fullback who doesn’t kick, a 5/8 who doesn’t kick and a hooker who doesn’t kick. The sharks could pressure McCrone all night as they knew noone else was kicking.

    • Drew Mary clearly doesn’t address the woeful kicking game in training, as every week it’s the same crap over and over, worst kicking game in NRL history. Mary also doesn’t address Nightingales deplorable positional play defending on the wing, he’s let about 15 tries in on his wing and what does the coach do? JN is also so slow he can’t even beat Gallen in a foot race.

      Having said that Feki scores a try off 1m forward pass in front of touch judge and ref, then Graham drops ball before last try, refs are more incompetent than ever.

      Dragons forwards played great tonight all manned up, and despite the poor kicking game the backs showed some nice ball movement but clearly lack a strike player or two. With Widdop we win that game easily IMO. I reckon mary should drop McCrone and give Nona a run, or try Mann there when Widdop is back. Drop JN and have Taane Milne back where he belongs.

      • Yeah Daffy, it’s tough for Red V fans right now, isn’t it? Disappointing that after such a great start in 2017 the season is starting to unravel due to our situation in the halves. Josh McCrone just can’t seem to make the right kicks or decisions that put pressure on the opposition. Maybe they should give Nona a go but he isn’t experienced at NRL level, so it could end up anywhere.
        At full strength we would have beaten the Sharks last night, just like we would have beaten the Roosters on Anzac Day.
        I guess it’s the penalty we pay again for not enough experienced depth in the squad.

  4. On the back of a 68% completion rate, as opposed to 92% from the opposition, and a couple of clearly bombed tries by the Sharks I would suggest it was the Dragons who were actually lucky that the scoreline was a bit flattering. As for getting smashed by Melbourne as 38er believes, the Sharks have a habit of lifting against the better sides hence the recent shut out of the Storm with a near faultless performance. Once the consistency appears (and they start actually winning home games) Cronulla will put the rest of this comp on notice. Sharks D is the benchmark at the moment.

    • Really, Dragons also bombed tries, and a lot of Cronulla’s dropped ball came from being smashed in defense not poor play. They win off two BS decisions from moron refereeing and yes the scoreline flattered them since they should have lost against an understrength team

    • bbbj, I’ll stick with what I said about Cronulla, but you’re right to question my judgement – I’m 1/5 in the tipping comp I’m in so who am I to say.

  5. I watch all football codes and yes refs do make mistakes, but the NRL refs and that useless bunker are by far the most incompetent!!

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