St George Illawarra Dragons 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis

The Dragons will be looking to make the most of Widdop’s final year in the Red V.

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Tue, 26 Feb, 12:00 AM

St George Illawarra Dragons

 

Finished in 2018: 7th (15 wins, 9 losses)

Key ins: Korbin Sims & Jonus Pearson (Broncos), Lachlan Maranta (Rugby Union), Corey Norman (Eels)

Key outs: Leeson Ah Mau & Patrick Herbert (Warriors), Nene Macdonald (Cowboys), Reuben Garrick (Sea Eagles), Hame Sele (Panthers), Kurt Mann (Knights), Jason Nightingale (Retired)

Coach: Paul McGregor

Captain(s): Gareth Widdop

Gareth Widdop

 

Summary: The team dubbed the March premiers have struggled for consistency over the last couple of seasons, unceremoniously falling apart at season’s end. Dragon’s coach Paul McGregor will be wary of that fact and will be aiming to ensure Widdop’s final season in the Red V isn’t wasted. The Dragons ranked highly in offensive statistics last season, ranking 1st in tackle breaks and 4th in offloads. They will be hoping the acquisitions of Sims, Norman, Maranta and Pearson will help maintain that output as powerful winger Nene Macdonald and crafty veteran Jason Nightingale have departed. The Dragons can’t rely on Widdop for all their offensive productivity. That type of one-dimensional footy won’t see them contending. Corey Norman, Cam McInnes and Ben Hunt will need to fire offensively for the Dragons to surprise people this season.

 

Key stat: The Dragons ranked #4 in offloads and #1 in tackle breaks in 2018.

Round 1: Cowboys v Dragons

Saturday, 16 March, 8:00 PM – 1300SMILES Stadium

North Queensland Cowboys logo North Queensland Cowboys   –  $1.95*  
St. George Illawarra Dragons logo

St. George Illawarra Dragons – $1.95*

 

2019 Premiership odds: $10* with Sportsbet

Best Dally M Chance: Gareth Widdop

Prediction: Dragons to miss the top 8 ($2.30* with Bet365)

 

*Prices correct at time of publishing

 

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