SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: The crowd on the hill watches on during the round 24 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at UOW Jubilee Oval on August 26, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Dragons yesterday had a chance to all but cement a top four spot in front of a big home crowd. The Dragons had the chance to send out club champion Jason Nightingale in the best possible way.

The Dragons had the chance to head into the finals with at worst two wins from three games correcting their sub-par form over the past month.

The Dragons had plenty of chances and they blew them all after being slaughtered 38-0 by a far superior Bulldogs team.

The Red V turned in one of the worst performances in the club’s history with a top four spot on the line. They failed to score a single point on a day that could have set up a genuine shot at a second premiership.

Simply put the gravity of this loss cannot be understated. Instead of having a second shot at the finals if needed, the Dragons now face an away trip in round one of the finals.

Considering the way the club started the season, the fact an away, sudden death finals is a huge shock.

Yesterday’s performance has summed up the club since the Origin period. Despite the odd win here and there, the Dragons have been terrible.

Compared to the blistering form they produced in the opening ten or so rounds, this was frustrating for neutrals to watch.

As frustrating as it was for fans of the game in general, it must have been downright unbearable for fans of the club, some who had already planned their Grand Final weekend earlier in the season.

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Fans’ frustrations and anger seem to have built over the past month-or-so boiled over yesterday at Kogarah Oval when a fair amount of the 12,000 or so fans took to boo’ing their fans off the park.

I’m not for a second implying that every fan wearing the famous Red V went down this avenue yesterday afternoon but the disapproval was loud and it honestly sounded like a majority of fans.

The backlash has continued across social media, as it always does, with many calling for heads to roll and even the club’s finals fixtures to be done away with. Right now you can’t really blame fans as I can’t see the Dragons beating anyone other than maybe the Panthers.

The downfall of the Dragons will be discussed later in the week but yesterday afternoon’s reaction posed a huge question: were the Dragons fans right in booing their team off the park?

Dragons fullback Matt Dufty has already come out to voice his displeasure at the reaction. He asked fans for their support making the very real point that none of the players were happy with the result.

Straight up I’ll admit I’m not above talking negatively about my side across social media. The fact that each negative tweet is met almost every time by a ‘I’ll show you’ action is just a funny side-note.

That said, the majority of Dragons fans I follow, while upset and angry about the result have taken to social media to show disdain for the fans dishing out on the players.

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Fans pay good money to go and watch their side. Tickets aren’t cheap while food, drink, merchandise and travel all add up.

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and there would have been a few fans at the game who could have been elsewhere. Sacrifices are made in the name of supporting your team.

I’ve always taken great delight in engaging the “everything’s ok” brigade across Sharks fan pages when times are not so good. To see fans claim everything is perfect after a 30-point loss is ridiculous, but there’s a big different between talking negatively about a team on a closed Facebook page and booing them after being wiped off the park.

For the record I don’t think the Dragons fans were all that out of line yesterday. If ever a team deserved to be booed off the field it was this Dragons team. They were woeful in a game that meant so much. If they couldn’t get up for this occasion then perhaps they shouldn’t bother moving forward.

That said, I can’t imagine it would do any good to the players’ confidence.

No good can come of booing the team off the field but I bet the fans on the hill felt a little better after releasing that pent up frustration.

NRL fans, especially Dragons fans, I’m throwing this one over to you … were the Dragons wrong to boo their team off the field yesterday? Please let us know below.


  1. I was there. I didn’t boo but I don’t begrudge fans who were booing. I know exactly how every one of them felt. They were not really booing the team. They were booing the club for failing to change anything at all over the last 7 years. Basically the team is way down on confidence because the coach and staff are not able to adapt to obstacles thrown at them. At the start of the year they were flying, like the previous and the previous because the refs were making quick play which allows one out up the middle stuff to excel. Mid season, like previous seasons the landscape changed and game got slower. Teams know the Dragons only do one out stuff and have been murdering them ever since. The fans can see it clear as day. They watch it every week. Funnily enough the media don’t have enough game knowledge to pick up on this. But Dragons fans know it. The root issue is that Price and McGregor are trying to copy Bennett’s ridiculously uncomplex game plan, with a team that is not necessarily as talented as other teams. The club is not progressive or sophisticated enough to do anything about it. They’re not booing players performances, they are booing to get change from a club that is more about jobs for the boys than a winning culture… You don’t need to be Nostradamus to know any change will simply be more of the same from within.

    • Butters, sounds to me you are sticking up for the players with your lack of booing. You must of been the only person not booing. The coach is not on the field and any team that cops a 38-0 thrashing deserves to be booed. Heading into this round Saints were in the top four with two rounds to go. You know very little about your own team if you think everybody who booed were not booing at the players.

    • Hi redv90, I am not here to tell you “I told you so” that Saints will not be leaders of the comp come the semis. I refuse to say “I TOLD YOU SO” but I will say this, congratulations on making the eight this year. I want to say “I told you so” but I won’t.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • Wouldn’t HAVE…just sayin’ because, you know, you’ve expressed your concerns before about punctuation & so on with regard to posts of others on this site.

      Thought you’d appreciate my help 😉

      No need to thank me. It is presumed.

      • Amazingly they could play each other so one will make week 2 !!! And everything will look Rosie in the history books. But never boo. Stick solid. It’s embarrassing and frustrating but I hate fair weather fans

  2. If it’s true as reported that a Saints fan approached James Graham in the tunnel and threw his scarf at him before giving him a gobfull then that is an absolute disgrace.

    JG has been at the club for 1 season and I have never ever seen him give up once even when we’re well behind. If we had 17 players with his passion fair dinkum we’d be undefeated!!!

    That so called supporter should hand in his membership and go follow another team. The team is in a massive hole and we as supporters need to stick solid not turn on them.

    Yesterday sucked big time and yes it’s time for management to grow a set of balls and sack Mary but burning jerseys and throwing gear at the heart and sole is not being a legitimate fan.

    Rant over, go the dragons

  3. I drove 140km to watch the game yesterday, been a supporter since 1971 and a Red V member for 16 years. Yesterday was a total disgrace to the jersey, to Lance’s memory, to Gypsy and to the fans. I didn’t boo even though they played like sh!te, but I can’t blame people for booing, but abusing players is a whole different level and I think that’s going way too far. I would ban those clowns for a season and let them dwell on that.

    I’m gutted to see how the team has simply imploded again in the second half of the season, but I would never burn my jersey or abuse the players. How many of us have gone out and played first grade NRL or any sport. Plenty of teams get smashed doesn’t mean they don’t try, even if it didn’t look like that much yesterday.

    I have no idea what is going on in the heads of the players at the moment, but I do know Mary has been the one constant in the 3 of the last 4 seasons we had a second half of season meltdown. He should have been shown the door after 2016, which goes down as the worst in the clubs history. Maguire wants back in the NRL, we need a hard nut from outside of St George to coach and he’s would be worth a look.

    Dragons don’t even deserve to be in the eight after that effort and are quite simply the worst performing club in the comp. They’ll get humiliated again in their one and only finals appearance and expect more inane and insipid responses from Mary.

    • ahahah🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Fairdinkum Maguire will never go to Saint Illawarra Steelers. As for the Dragons implosion it has coincided with the loss of their best player the English 5/8. Dragons will be knocked out first week of the semis as will Penrith, However I love it that Saints fade 6 weeks out of the semis every year. It takes the attention away from my Roosters choking in the preliminary final ever year.😍

      • It has nothing to do with Widdop being out, they have been crap for 10 weeks. Roosters are already choking and another failure for the team with the infinite cap coming up.

        • Now now daffy, We have not an infinite cap as St George had during their 11 year reign. Rorting clubs and buying a competion for eleven straight seasons. When you live in glass houses, don’t throw stones.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣💪👀👍

  4. The Dragons had so much to play for, so much. I think the decline started when they were guaranteed a finals spot, the forwards made NSW team and Widdop dyed his hair white (didn’t anyone warn him of the Changa Langlands curse with the colour white!). From what I saw on the weekend, they can’t get out of their own half with one out running, and their attack is four forward hit ups, one spread and then give it to Hunt to kick and hope. Predictable and half hearted.

  5. I wrote a comment some time back about the strength and conditioning group under Pickwork. Hes a numbers guys who has different angles on player fitness etc and uses a lot of data control on tracking time and metres.
    Mcgregor needs to comprehend mental fatigue. These guys who played SOO / England tests / are spent. Hunt cant handle the pressure of being dropped as a bench player for Qld – it shattered him.
    Widdop is spent from leading the team upfront – he created 75% of the tries / try assists in the first 15 rounds and was the Captain.
    Mary needs to rotate the bench and rest the forwards in between and after SOO, he spent all their energy and now we are cooked … also without Vaughn.

    Widdop needs to get back to his game plan (if he returns to the Newy game)
    A couple of fresh young forwards to the bench
    Hunt to hooker – Cam to the bench
    Jai Field to full back (Dufty out)
    Zac Lomax in the centres

    • It is a myth that these players who play Origin are fatigued or have a Origin hangover. What a load of RUBBISH!!. Those rep players play less club games as they are stood down from club footy the week before. Half of those players cant back up after the Wednesday Origin, and this year there was a total bye weekend for every team at the same time after the Sunday Origin. So these Origin players play up to but not more than the same as everyone else.💪😎👍

  6. I booed them cos they desreved it as i give credit when they deserve it.
    All to play for and dish up rubbish.
    A young boy threw a bottle and graham said f off in the tunnel.
    38/0 and 40/4 beatings not good enough.

  7. I was speaking to Billy Smith tonight, former Champion half back from St. George in the 60’s and 70’s and he was sick to the stomach after watching yesterday’s 38-0 mauling, at Kogarah the once great home of the Dragons. Smith was a tough player and once said, ” I would die for the club ” that’s the attitude the Dragons should have, however with McGregor as coach that will never happen.

    • I had the privilege of seeing Billy play for 5 seasons and we haven’t had a half-back as good since and he did bleed red and white. Current players were a disgrace to the jersey on Sunday. I remember when Mary repalced Price he talked about getting pride back in the jersey. Well here’s some new Mary, that’s supposed for the whole season not just the first 10 rounds. I’ve never seen teams have such utter meltdowns in the second half of the year as dragons under your watch.

      • Daffy you claim to have seen Billy Smith play footy then that proves you have seen this score line before. and it was a second half meltdown classic. It was the year 1975 and at half time the Roosters lead was 5-0 in the grand final, full time was 38-0. Oh by the way daffy if there was a salary cap back in the day when saints payed big money for players like Johnny Rapper from Newtown then they would not of won back to back premierships not the rort you guys did for eleven years straight,🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  8. I have no issue with booing, the players deserved that for the performance they put in.

    Abusing a player with the knowledge that they can’t do anything back is simply cowardly.

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