With the Storm being cast aside in 2010, the St George Illawarra Dragons now find themselves as the hunted ones – but after todays win 28-6 over the Roosters, they are more than comfortable being favourites for this years NRL it seems.
The Chooks came out with good intentions in this ANZAC Day clash – but it seems they don’t quite have the full 80 minute game just yet.
It was an arm wrestle early, withÂ Brian Smiths men going with the Dragons up until the halftime break – but the class and more settled Dragons outfit shone through by fulltime.
Its amazing how this Saints club keeps producing quality props, they have seemingly fed the whole comp off their forward stocks – yet keep growing more talent.
Some basic errors at critical times in the back end of this game cost the Roosters dearly, the longer than game went on – you got the feeling the Dragons patience was certainly going to pay off.
The Roosters will however continue to improve, they are still learning to play as a team – and their go-to man Todd Carney remains a raw fullback. Give them time and they’ll produce even more.
The only concern for the Dragons now is being the tall poppies. While they are seemingly coping fine at the moment, just like 2009, they sometimes get a little nervous when the business end of the season rolls around.
Especially now with the Storm out of commission, the Dragons will need to quickly deal with being the League leaders and mentally shape up for a finals series where a lower ranked team could hit form at the right time.