Dragons 2014 Analysis


Source: News Limited
Source: News Limited

I wrote this for season 2013 – Coach Price has made a seriously strong contribution and commitment to the club for many seasons and thoroughly deserves that to be reciprocated by all and sundry”

At least publicly, the club admin has supported Coach Price pretty well it appears. He seems to be happy with the purchases suggesting they were his picks as were staff changes.

And this –  “Most difficult team to rate before season starts. I reckon we will all know more four to six weeks in when we can see the way they are going about their football and how they think they can win”

I can’t remember thinking “these guys look like they know how to play winning footy”. At times I thought the opposite.

And recently Gareth Widdop said this post Charity Shield wipeout: “We just need to fix up our D and the rest will fall into place”. I think I heard a news grab where coach Price said something very similar. I know coaches and players deflect at times but that’s so far off the mark it would be laughable if not so serious for everyone involved at the Dragons.

Why not: “Boy did we get shown up today by a really top team just how much work we have got to do as soon as possible. Congrats to Souths – so now let’s make sure we all learn from this and get cracking tomorrow. That’s what we play trials for.”

If this is the “Strongest Line-Up” according to Big League we can see some fresh faces in key positions.

1 Dugan

2 Morris

3 Beale

4 Farrell

5 Nightingale

6 Widdop

7 Williams

8 Merrin

9 Rein

10 Hunt

11 Creagh

12 Thompson

13 Harrison

14 Groat

15 Frizell

16 De Bellin

17 Cooper

October Outcome:

It’s probably time to deliver now for the coach, his staff and players. What is deliver? I guess we might have differing views on that.

More likely an August finish. Anything above the bottom four would be something positive I feel.

But every season in modern NRL at least one team surprises almost everyone with a terrific transition from also rans to play-offs.  Here are a couple of notable examples:

Roosters 2009 wooden spooners to GF in 2010.

And in 2013 it was a stirring finish by the Cowboys only to lose controversially in the play-offs

Will it be the Dragons in 2014?

What does this mean for the Dragons? For a more in-depth analysis and who can make or break it for the Red V click here.

A special thanks to NRLSTATS and BIG LEAGUE for their support and statistical data.