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Offline OldLarsy

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« 2009-Feb-16, 02:33 AM Reply #1 »
It was only a trial, but apparently their ball work and handling was spot on.
I'm excited.

Bennett tries to cap Dragons excitement

New coach Wayne Bennett did his best to cap the excitement that followed St George Illawarra's stunning first game under him - a 48-point flogging of Sydney Roosters at Perth's Members Equity Stadium.

Bennett's messianic standing among Dragons fans grew further as the joint venture ran in 10 tries on the way to a 54-6 pasting of the tricolours on Saturday night in his first match wearing the red polo shirt after 21 productive years with Brisbane.

Fullback Brett Morris, winger Michael Lett, centre Chase Stanley and second rower Beau Scott all posted braces of tries as St George Illawarra appeared to adopt a new ruthless streak which punished every one of their opponents' clumsy gaffes.

Even rival Brad Fittler said respect for Bennett had been apparent in the crushing performance.

But Bennett, the 59-year-old former Australia and Queensland boss, was keen to put a lid on the excitement.

"It was nothing. It was just a trial. You've got to keep things in perspective," said Bennett.

"They could have kept the (Roosters) scoreboard to zero.

"I didn't read too much into any of that. We were playing a Roosters team without a lot of good players but on the other hand, the good thing was they (Dragons) did control the ball pretty well and they were pretty patient.

"They weren't panicking or thinking they had to score on every play."

Asked what he liked most about the display, Bennett deadpanned: "We got no injuries."

The portents were poor for Fittler's men when prop Frank-Paul Nuuausala knocked on from the kick-off and Lett scored following the ensuing scrum win.

Then the Roosters' restart sailed out on the full and New Zealand international Stanley got the first of his tries, with the Dragons safe at 30-6 by halftime.

"They played like St George sides play but there was no doubt, for a trial match in Perth, first up, they were really sharp," Fittler said of the victors.

"You can see the respect he gets and he got a really good performance out of them."

Roosters captain Braith Anasta said he took nothing away from his own trial at lock but Fittler was more upbeat about the benefits to his team as a whole.

"We got plenty. I don't think you could have a better exercise," he said.

"Getting beaten by 50, it knocks you back into place a little bit and shows you where everyone's at."

Players yet to return to the Roosters side include Willie Mason, Mark O'Meley, Setaimata Sa, Iosia Soliola, Craig Fitzgibbon, Lopini Paea and Anthony Minichiello while Ben Hornby and Neville Costigan were missing from the Dragons side.

"We've definitely improved our ball control," Dragons captain Hornby said.


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« 2009-Feb-22, 09:17 PM Reply #2 »
Bennett puts puff back in Dragons

ST GEORGE 24 BULLDOGS 12


WAYNE Bennett has put the grunt back into St George Illawarra.
The Dragons continued their impressive pre-season form with a four-tries-to-two victory over the new-look Bulldogs, who were strong in their first run under new coach Kevin Moore.

Bennett appears to have put a stamp on the Dragons that Nathan Brown was unable to achieve, getting the red and whites to grind out close contests by defending for each other and play simple, structured football.

They did it last night in Wollongong against a Bulldogs outfit that unveiled a raft of new signings.

Standing in the gymnasium under WIN Stadium, where the club's new motto states "there are no short cuts to long-term success'', Bennett spoke about the Dragons learning to roll up their sleeves for 80 minutes.

"We certainly realise that it's one of our achilles heels and we do want to reverse that a little bit,'' Bennett said.

"We're certainly getting the idea about it. We're far from perfect at it. Good footy teams do that. We have to do that and we want to be a good football team.

"I like the way in the first half we lost a bit of momentum and fell behind and then we fought our way back into the game.

"Canterbury have probably recruited as well as anyone in the competition, and I think they'll be formidable.''

Despite the loss, there is plenty of optimism for last year's wooden-spooners.

The new recruits have brought stability, direction and structure, leaving their new coach impressed.

"I thought all of the new guys were outstanding for our first hit out,'' Moore said.

"I thought Mick (Ennis) and Noddy (Brett Kimmorley) were really good, Mick Hodgson's work rate was tremendous and David Stagg's defence was great as well.''

For the Dragons, last night's halves pairing of Mathew Head and Jamie Soward provided solid direction and some flashy touches.

Having overcome a chronic knee injury, which required two reconstructions, Head has trained the full season and looks in good nick.

Head first laid on a flat ball for Matt Cooper to score before snatching an intercept from Ben Hannant and finding Jason Nightingale, who raced 75m for a 12-6 lead.

"I had two knee reconstructions back to back and they're not the easiest thing to come back on. It's great to be back at the club I always wanted to play at,'' Head said.

But Bennett has a welcome selection headache in where to fit Ben Hornby. Five-eighth or fullback appear the most likely options.

Darius Boyd played fullback last night before Brett Morris was trialled there in the second half.

The new-look Bulldogs were sharp early with halfback Kimmorley and hooker Ennis guiding the side in impressive fashion.

Josh Morris set up the first try against his former club with a strong run from 10m out before popping a pass to winger Matt Utai.

The remodelled Dragons engine room looks to have plenty of grunt, with the injection of Jeremy Smith, Neville Costigan and Michael Weyman complementing Justin Poore, Dean Young and Ben Creagh.

Smith is tipped to start the year at lock, with Creagh and Costigan in the second row.

The jury remains out on the Luke Priddis experiment at hooker.

While there is no questioning the 2003 Clive Churchill Medal winner's credentials, the Dragons didn't seem to have as much time to create in attack with him at dummy-half.

For Kimmorley, Ennis, Hannant, Stagg, Michael Hodgson and Yileen Gordon it was the first outing in blue and white and they will be better for the run.

 
TRIAL MATCH
Fulltime
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 24 (M Cooper J Nightingale R Thorby J Clarke tries J Soward 4 goals) bt BULLDOGS 12 (M Utai B Barba tries H El Masri M Ennis goals) at WIN Stadium. Crowd: 7,628.



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« 2009-Mar-15, 01:17 PM Reply #3 »
Solid effort Friday night I thought, better things to come including a possible top 4 but definite top 8   emthup

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« 2009-Mar-15, 03:37 PM Reply #4 »
I was very happy with the form of the Dragons. I was proud to be a fan of an outfit that showed guts and determination. If they can get their attack in order and drop the one bloke who has no idea in defence, it'll be a big year   emthup

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« 2009-Mar-15, 03:39 PM Reply #5 »
Optimistic and hardy mob, those Steelers supporters. Good luck and hope you win a couple this year

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« 2009-Mar-21, 05:19 PM Reply #6 »
Backed em Half/Full  :sweat:

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« 2009-Mar-21, 05:23 PM Reply #7 »
Uh onwy fowwow 2 teams...da wabbitohs..and whoevuh is pwayun da fekkin dwagons :p  :lol:   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:  :p

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« 2009-Mar-21, 05:28 PM Reply #8 »
Uh onwy fowwow 2 teams...da wabbitohs..and whoevuh is pwayun da fekkin dwagons :p   :lol:     :lol:     :lol:     :lol:     :lol:     :lol:   :p

I';ll make sure the Big 6 don't salute next week for those comments   :lol:   :lol:

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« 2009-Mar-21, 05:43 PM Reply #9 »
Uh onwy fowwow 2 teams...da wabbitohs..and whoevuh is pwayun da fekkin dwagons :p   :lol:     :lol:     :lol:     :lol:     :lol:     :lol:   :p

So what happens if they merge to become the St George/ Illawarra/ South Sydney Dragon Rabbits ? You'll be stuffed ?

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« 2009-Mar-21, 05:43 PM Reply #10 »
dats despicabwe :mad:

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« 2009-Mar-21, 05:51 PM Reply #11 »
If Bennett takes St George to a premiership I'll be surprised. I don't think the Broncos will be any less succesful without him, or the Dragons any better with him.

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« 2009-Mar-21, 06:13 PM Reply #12 »
Max, it's round 2, not the right time to make silly statements.

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« 2009-Mar-21, 06:18 PM Reply #13 »
sorry Max, meant to add the   :biggrin:

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« 2009-Mar-21, 06:19 PM Reply #14 »
How  :censored:ing bad did we play  emthdown...and you guys could  only beat us by 6 points... :o
« Last Edit: 2009-Mar-21, 06:21 PM by Sporty »

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« 2009-Mar-21, 06:23 PM Reply #15 »
I'll be happy to be proved wrong, but I think the idea that Bennett is some kind of miracle worker is garbage, the Broncos could hardly have been unsuccessful given the recruiting catchment they had.

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« 2009-Mar-21, 06:24 PM Reply #16 »
Our defence is good on our own line which is a plus.
They attacked a bit better in the 2nd half, should get better as the season wears on.


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« 2009-Mar-21, 06:35 PM Reply #17 »
I'll be happy to be proved wrong, but I think the idea that Bennett is some kind of miracle worker is garbage, the Broncos could hardly have been unsuccessful given the recruiting catchment they had.

So Max, you're try to say that the recruitment team won the 6 titles across the 21 yrs?

The guy did it at Souths Brisbane, then the Raiders, then set a benchmark at the Broncos that will never be broken.

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« 2009-Mar-21, 06:37 PM Reply #18 »
Yep, he turned promising players into legends   emthup

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« 2009-Mar-21, 06:54 PM Reply #19 »
Triple seven........you may have played three kangaroo tours at halfback, or three premierships, or whatever, if so let us know. But the Broncos had a massive advantage as a stand-alone Brisbane side except for the short lived Crushers period. With every up and coming kid in Qld wanting to play with the  Broncos they had an embarrassment of riches player wise and to  :censored: that up would have been an achievement in itself ! If Bennett  can lift the Dragons, I'll be the first to acknowledge it, time will tell the story.

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« 2009-Mar-21, 07:20 PM Reply #20 »
Pointless discussion Max if you now want to now play me and not the origiinal issue.

And if you can't acknowledge the man's ability and results over the last 30 yrs at every level, club, state and internationally, well, nothing more I can offer you.

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« 2009-Mar-21, 07:22 PM Reply #21 »
Also look at his impact on NZ in the World Cup  ;)

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« 2009-Mar-21, 07:25 PM Reply #22 »
I could lift the Dragons Max.
Wayne Bennett is a smart man. If anyone can't improve on Brownies coaching resume, they shouldn't be allowed to coach under 10's.

Bet if Bennett was offered the gig more more dough at Manly or Melbourne, he wouldn't have touched it with a barge pole.

And thats not being derogatory to WB

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« 2009-Mar-21, 07:33 PM Reply #23 »
Pointless discussion Max if you now want to now play me and not the origiinal issue.

And if you can't acknowledge the man's ability and results over the last 30 yrs at every level, club, state and internationally, well, nothing more I can offer you.

Nothing derogatory of you intended 777, thought you might have played under him perhaps.

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« 2009-Mar-21, 08:24 PM Reply #24 »
This is an "educational " article.........


http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,24517536-10389,00.html?from=public_rss

As Kerry Packer once said, an Allan Bond only comes along once in your business career.....a reference to the Bond bargain  fire-sale of the Nine TV network.

Wayne Bennett might well have said the same of Allan Langer......so what does old Wayne say or do ? He puts sh!t on the bloke !   :bleh:


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