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Dragons vs Rabbitohs Player Ratings

  • Dragons vs Rabbitohs Player Ratings

Josh Dugan

What a performance, did not deserve to be in the losing team, I think he was clear man of the match, 290m a few line breaks and a couple of try saves, it was an all-round performance that should have done enough to secure him the NSW fullback spot, he got the Dragons on the front foot all night they were just unable to take advantage of the platform. 10/10

Peter Mataíutia

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I have said it all season, Pete is in our best line-up, and he showed that again 140m a 2 line breaks and a try assist that came out of nowhere, he is strong and very safe under the highball due to being a fullback, he also has great one on one defence, he put in a very good performance in a losing effort, should keep his spot in the coming weeks, especially during origin. 8/10

Euan Aitken

It wasnít the superstar clash that I was hoping for between him and walker but once again he put in a tough gritty performance 14 runs for 140m, 18 tackles and a linebreak a good tough performance from a young star of the future, it might be worth swapping him and Farrell, I think he might be better running off Benji and it could really trigger our attack. 8/10

Dylan Farrell

It was not a good enough performance from Dylan Farrell, 6 runs for 60m and a couple of missed tackles, McGregor has shown that he is willing to mix with the lineup and I think this is the next move, Mataíutia to centre and Nabuli back onto the wing. 5/10

Jason Nightingale

Somewhat of a mixed night from the veteran, very elusive and tough performance 150m and a try would seem like a good performance, but it was offset by the fact that he ran in and exposed our edge leading to a try and then later he was bumped off for Gray to score his second, good in attack but off in defence. 6/10

Gareth Widdop

Widdop started the night strong, scoring a try with some very good backup work and he was running the ball strongly and creating opportunities with a great short kicking game and forcing multiple line drop outs but as the game went on he got confused in what he needed to do, we had enough ball in the final 10min to score a try but was unable to come up with the goods. 6.5/10

Benji Marshall

I think Benji must have been watching Shaun Johnson on the weekend because he was back trying to be the hotstepper, we have seen that Bennji is at his best controlling the game keeping it simple but at the back end of the game he lost all direction and the lack of penetration late from him and Widdop ultimately cost us the game. 5/10

Leeson Ah Mau

A quiet night from Ah Mau, only saw about half an hour of game time and punched out 70m and 24 tackles, not outstanding but had limited minutes, was probably feeling the pinch of playing for Samoa last weekend where he played big minutes in the backrow which he has not been accustomed to. 6/10

Mitch Rein

Backing up from a good game in the City Country clash, Rein was back doing his thing, stealing metres around the ruck and tackling anything with legs, and last night was no different, he produced 70 running meters and 35 tackles and he even got creative adding a few deft kicks, I like what I am seeing from Rein and he will only get better in the years to come, would appear to be locked in race with Nathan Peats to be the heir to the Farah throne. 7.5/10

Mike Cooper

Another great performance from the Englishmen who just inked a new 2 year deal to stay at the Red V, 15 runs for 140m and 30 tackles a superb effort, George Burgess was named man of the match but his stats were identical to Cooper, I think Cooper is the second best English forward in the comp, behind Graham. This due to the consistency of his performances. 8/10

Tyson Frizell

Great game for Country last weekend, backed with another good performance against the Bunnies should have done enough to secure him a maiden blues jersey, it was a typical performance from the Frizz, I could copy it from every other week, 13 runs 130m and 33 tackles, he has yet to run under 100m this year and also has been above 30 tackles, outstanding young talent. 8/10

Joel Thompson

The same can be said about Thompson as Frizell, copy book stuff, I think Thompson could also snag a spot in the blues lineup especially if Gallen isnít fit, Thompson also has a utility value which could make him a great asset. Against the Bunnies he produced 110m and 35 tackles and once again did not deserve to be in a losing team. 8/10

Trent Merrin

As the previous two ratings go, copy book. 18 runs, 170m and 30 tackles, did do his best Paul Gallen impersonation, by hogging the ball late in the sets. With these three together the Dragons have the best backrow in the comp, throw in Debelin coming off the bench and it is outstanding, I keep hearing whispers of a backflip and I would love to see it, Iím not holding my breath but I will not believe it until Rd13. 7/10

Ben Creagh

A quiet night for the bench bar De Belin. Only required for 30min Creagh had 4 runs for 40m and 22 tackles, with 9 of our starting 13 playing 80min every week there is not much opportunity for the bench except for De Belin. But they are doing a job, our only problem is points, not metres or defence so most of the team is doing their job. 5/10

Jack de Belin

D bomber produced much of the same as previous weeks, 10 runs 100m and 30 tackles, I donít think I have seen a team where the forwards are consistently punching out numbers like this every week, would have felt unlucky to miss out on Country selection and hopefully that will drive him for the rest of the season. 8/10

Will Matthews

Same as Creagh, not much of an opportunity, played limited minutes but got through some defensive work, only 1 run but 25 tackles , doing his job and thatís all he can do really. 5/10

Heath L'Estrange

Provided good relief for Rein, kept our middle strong and helped lay a platform for the forwards with some good energy and good ball. 5/10

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