Much improved Dragons down poor Tigers outfit

Heading into the game, the Tigers were the clear favourites. Coming out of the game, the Tigers were the clear losers, as they were humbled by a Dragons side keen to avenge last week’s disappointing loss to the Bulldogs.

The game was almost a no-contest in many ways, with the Tigers poor ball control, lack of execution, and too many silly penalties – ultimately costing them the game.

Although a talking point will be about the way in which the Dragons went about their performance to win the game, the major talking points from the game, are three particular incidents that will come under heavy scrutiny from the NRL match review committee.

Two incidents involved Dragons players, with props Jeremy Latimore and Trent Merrin both involved in a swinging arm incident, though neither was put on report.

For the Tigers, it was a swinging arm from recruit Adam Blair, that may see the NZ international in some strife.

Following their heavy defeat of 26 points last week against the Bulldogs, for Dragons coach Steve Price, he says that tonight’s win means that the club has distanced that heavy loss from their minds.

“We showed tonight how the Dragons can play and put a lot of things right from last week,” Price said.

With the incidents the major talking point of the game, Price said that he did not feel the need to discuss them, or that they warranted any further action.

“I couldn’t see anything from up in the box. I didn’t see any intent and for me there is no major issues.”

Tigers coach Tim Sheens was bemused and confused on the interpretation of certain decisions by the referees, that went against his side.

“What ball we did get we threw it away and we trailed 9-3 on the penalty count and I think the crowd got them home from there,” Sheens said.

“I am perplexed about the penalty on Nightingale and then being told that the one on Ryan wasn’t a penalty because he was falling.

“I’ve never known where I stand with the judiciary and referees. You can have no penalty and a player cited and a then a referee puts a player on report and they let it go.

“They are on different pages sometimes.”

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