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Dragons win World Club Challenge

St George Illawarra captured the World Club Challenge title for the first time with a 21-15 win over three-time champions Wigan at DW Stadium on Sunday night.

After being blown away in the opening four minutes, the NRL premiers showed their mettle to pull off the victory in front of 24,268 fans in cool, clear conditions.

By their high standards, it was a mistake-riddled performance by the Dragons and showed they were still in pre-season mode.

Winger Brett Morris was man of the match, the winger scoring two tries and causing havoc down the left side all evening as the Dragons prevailed without coach Wayne Bennett on the sidelines.

The hosts had a pre-match blow with workhorse Stuart Fielden sitting out the match alongside the suspended Jeff Lima.

To rev up the crowd, the Warriors paraded members of their 1987 World Club Challenge winning side before a minute’s silence in respect for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake. Continue reading

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Idris excited to return to backline

Jamal Idris wants for his time at second row to be over so he can make a permanent home for himself in the NRL at centre. The Canterbury star says he will play wherever needed, but admits he’s itching to move back to his original position out wide. Canterbury coach Kevin Moore shifted the 20-year-old monster to the backrow last year, to help the club cope with injury problems and add size in the forwards. He’s been named in the No.11 jersey for Friday’s trial against St George Illawarra, but when Frank Pritchard, Andrew Ryan and Greg Eastwood return to the side, the club’s personality player is excited about returning to the backline. Idris’ size and aggressiveness has seen him adapt well to the forwards, but he said Moore hasn’t given any indication he’ll be used there regularly this year. Continue reading

Gasnier reclaims 3

Mark Gasnier has reclaimed the No.3 jersey in a St George Illawarra side reshuffled by coach Wayne Bennett for Sunday’s massive SCG clash with the red-hot Sydney Roosters. With the ladder-leading Dragons now having lost three of their last four, Bennett has handed Gasnier the jersey he wore in his previous stint with the club in his fifth game back from two seasons in French rugby union. Gasnier started his first game in Sunday’s loss to Brisbane, but in the No.19 jumper. Bennett has re-jigged his forward pack to accommodate the returning Michael Weyman (suspension) and a move for Beau Scott from Gasnier’s right centre position to the second row. Neville Costigan moves from the back to the front row to partner Weyman and new hooker Dean Young, with Luke Priddis named on a six-man bench. Scott partners Ben Creagh in the second row with Jeremy Smith named at lock.

The Wing/Centre combination is the next key position to review and there really aren’t a lot of options available if you want your backline scoring good points. 

Again the table explains its self and the only change from the fullback table is I consider 35 points to be the bench mark for the last two columns.  If your four wing/centre players can get you 35 points or more each game (140 points) you are well on the way to a big score and not relying so much on those high priced meat heads in the forwards to deliver those high 50’s or 60’s scores.

If you have had a look at the top teams in the NEX and DT competition you would have noticed the vast majority have gone with Lowe (42.06), Aubusson (36.61) and Ben Smith (35.00) from the Eels and a selection of different players making up the 4th spot.  Those three players are solid performers but they don’t have the X-Factor of Jaryd Hayne but if you look at the percentage of scores over 35 it would be a brave move to go with someone else.  I’m not going to talk about all of them I’ll just look at some of the alternative options that might make up that 4th spot. 
 

  GMS Ave Total Pts Tries  Goals MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 35 % >= 35
LOWE 17 42.06 715 4 157 591 3 34 -74 16 94.12%
AUBUSSON 18 36.61 659 24 115 504 0 84 -68 11 61.11%
HAYNE 16 35.38 566 32 265 68 175 114 -88 9 56.25%
LEWIS 14 35.07 491 20 117 360 9 94 -109 8 57.14%
SMITH, B 15 35.00 525 12 86 462 0 24 -59 10 66.67%
SCOTT 14 31.07 435 4 104 308 1 76 -58 6 42.86%
SMITH, N 14 30.50 427 0 72 406 1 14 -66 4 28.57%
Lawrence 18 27.06 487 40 149 309 3 56 -70 1 5.56%
Kenny-Dowell 18 25.61 461 48 221 200 7 82 -97 2 11.11%
ROGERS 12 24.67 296 38 84 159 28 47 -60 2 16.67%

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Dragons to make room for Cooper

St George Illawarra centre Matt Cooper says he is a certain starter against Gold Coast on Friday night for what will be his first NRL match in over a month. Cooper has been sidelined since June 16 after damaging his hamstring in the final moments of NSW’s series-deciding Origin II loss to Queensland at Suncorp Stadium. The former Test three-quarter suffered the injury after hyper-extending his knee, but says he is in no doubt to face the Titans at WIN Jubilee Oval. “It’s been a bit of a struggle sitting on the sidelines watching the boys play,” Cooper said of after the side’s final training run in Wollongong on Thursday. “The rehab’s been going really well, the physios and the trainers have done a great job with me and I’m keen to get back out there this weekend. “I’m going into the game 100 per cent.” Cooper’s return will see him rekindle his centre partnership with former NSW teammate Mark Gasnier, the pair to line up together for the first time since Gasnier’s return to the NRL this month. Gasnier will again start the game from the bench, with Blues centre Beau Scott again preferred on the right edge. Dragons coach Wayne Bennett said no decision had been made on which players will drop off the bench, with two of Ricky Thorby, Jon Green and Nick Emmett set to miss the final cut.