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LISTEN: The concerning trend plaguing the Dragons

St George Illawarra have failed to close out matches on a number of occasions in 2019. (Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
13th May, 2019
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Magic Round 9 of the NRL season was a memorable one for a number of clubs that stepped up to take the two points. St George Illawarra wasn’t one of them.

The Dragons looked to be in control at Suncorp Stadium when they led a reshuffled New Zealand 18-6 at half time on Saturday, but the Warriors bounced back fiercely to win the game 26-18 and break a three-game losing streak.

It was a stunning comeback by Kodi Nikorima’s new side and injected some much-needed confidence into the club, but does the result exacerbate a worrying pattern for the Dragons? On today’s episode of the Game of Codes podcast, we asked Roar rugby league expert Joe Frost just that, along with what it all means for Paul McGregor.

Listen to the debate:

The late blitz by New Zealand over the weekend marks the fourth major fadeout by the Dragons this season, who have been outscored 116-50 in second halves so far in 2019:

• Round 1: Trailed Cowboys 8-6 at HT, lost 24-12
• Round 2: Led Souths 12-6 at HT, lost 34-18
• Round 8: Led Parra 14-6 at HT, lost 32-18
• Round 9: Led Warriors 18-6 at HT, lost 26-18

St George Illawarra fans will be hoping this doesn’t translate into another forgettable back-end of the season, which the club has struggled with virtually every year since 2015.

Visit our Game of Codes hub to catch the full episode and be sure to subscribe and review on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever else you’re listening.

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