Steve Price says that the perceived notion of a hoodoo is “a load of crap”, and Ben Hornby says it comes down to belief – but whatever it is, the St George Illawarra Dragons hoodoo in Canberra has continued, with the side unable to win in the nation’s capital, for 12 years now.
Just when it looked like the Dragons might have been breaking the duck, the Raiders scored in the last few minutes – a try to Reece Robinson, his third of the game, giving the Dragons yet another loss.
The last time the Dragons won a game in the nation’s capital, Raiders coach David Furner was still playing for the Raiders – with the Dragons determined to end the hoodoo.
It was the Raiders who started the game strongly, as the Dragons appeared to play the same one-out style of footy that has seen them heavily criticised.
As the game wore on however, and they gained confidence, they played a more expansive style of footy, with hooker Mitch Rein scoring a double, with two crafty tries from dummy half.
With Dragons coach Steve Price not believing in the hoodoo that many bandy about, Dragons captain Ben Hornby said that the Raiders get a sense of belief every time they play the Dragons, that they can win.
“It’s belief,” he said.
“When they play us, they believe they can win and you can’t underestimate what belief does for a side.
“Until we have a win, and a couple of wins, they’re going to have that.”
Raiders coach David Furner was confident that his side was always going to take out the game, and knew the points were there for the Raiders taking.
“I just thought if we got to a certain position where we’d worked hard on, that we’d get an opportunity to score some points,” he said.
“It was very clever.”