An eight-point loss to the reigning premiers in the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition still shows up in the column headed “L”, but the St. George Illawarra Dragons might take the optimistic view over their 24 – 16 loss to the Sydney Rosters in Wollongong.
The Dragons could adopt the glass half-full approach and optimism would seem the way for the Dragons to move ahead, despite having won only four games this season.
St. George are currently 11th on the ladder, but there is only a slight gulf between them and the eighth-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs. If the Dragons can figure out a way to climb past Wests Tigers, which is to say, if the Dragons will show up for the rest of their games, they could find themselves playing finals.
The other obstacle, aside from the Dragons themselves, is Manly Sea Eagles, who have failed to maintain the form that saw them as high as top-four near the end of the 2019 season before a 2 – 3 finish left them in sixth.
The Dragons had patches of competency in parts of the game, adequacy in other parts, and business-as-usual in other parts.
St. George had the game level at 10 when the signal for the half sounded.
The closeness of the game was partly due to the Chooks being under-strength, but they still had enough to own the second half and score three tries to the Dragons’ one.
In the closing stages of the game, the Dragons had the margin down to six points, but they could not maintain their intensity and they committed a costly error that resulted in James Tedesco retrieving a bouncing bomb off the foot of Luke Keary.
Tedesco fed the footy to Joseph Manu, who was totally unimpeded on his way to the line.
For the glass-half-empty St. George followers, the Dragons must win six of their last seven games if they are to have a chance to make the finals.
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