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Media Silent as Dragons Slay Critics

  • Media Silent as Dragons Slay Critics

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Gareth Widdop of the Dragons scores a try during the round six NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Lottoland on April 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Media Silent as Dragons Slay Critics

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Dragons fans celebrate a try during the round six NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Lottoland on April 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Media Silent as Dragons Slay Critics

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Euan Aitken of the Dragons celebrates with team mates after scoring a try during the round six NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Lottoland on April 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Media Silent as Dragons Slay Critics

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Paul Vaughan of the Dragons runs the ball during the round six NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Lottoland on April 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Media Silent as Dragons Slay Critics

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Leeson Ah Mau of the Dragons runs the ball during the round six NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Lottoland on April 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Media Silent as Dragons Slay Critics

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Timoteo Lafai of the Dragons runs the ball during the round six NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Lottoland on April 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

We ride the Wests Tigers rollercoaster, watch Billy Slater's return with interest and lament a possible longterm injury to the best half back in the game.

Love-struck Cronk is to leave Melbourne and attention will soon return to Tiger territory to learn of Tedesco's plans. Is he a Dragon in disguise?

Mainstream media continues to play what's in front of them. There seems to be no need to be creative and delve beneath a set of six stories that might appear in their daily  'in' tray.

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But the elephant in the footy scribes' dressing room is the seeming disregard to report on  just how well the team with the Big Red V on the jersey has started season 2017.

After just six rounds, few pundits other than Freddy Fittler have sung from the Dragons' song sheet.

Saints hit the jackpot at Lottoland on Saturday. Cashed in, hit the bullseye and fleeced every player wearing maroon and white. But except for highlighting  Widdop's miracle try at the death, little in-depth congratulatory analysis took place.

 

Adhering to the coach's  call, St George Illawarra Dragons are also playing what's in front of them. Straight running, offloading quality and flinging the pill wide. 

Josh McCrone doesn't set the field on fire but his partnership with Widdop is a masterful work in progress. Out wide or at the back, Gypsy Nightingale might get up the big nose of a certain TV commentator but who cares, he's rock solid. With flick-passing Lafai,  a V8 in Vaughan and jumping Jack De B growing in leaps and bounds, Mary's men are warming to their tasks.  

This points-scoring well-oiled machine has already surpassed many a supporter's expectations so early in the season by playing a fine form of  No Frills footy.

Flying under the Syrian radar, Saints are set to destroy other clubs quests for glory. Pennies, Sharkies, Tiges and Eagles, TICK! Next stop the Cowboys without their playmaker. 

Is winning everything? Perhaps not,  for there is plenty of belief and fire in the Dragons belly. Certainly enough heat to sustain me through the winter.

Fire up red and whites and demand of those who are the supposed 'expert' commentators of the game to give equal credit where it's due. 

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