The Dragons players need to follow the example of their captain, Ben Hunt. To say the current situation is disappointing is a massive understatement.
The Dragons were considered wooden spoon contenders at the start of the year.
A new coach, a new captain and a season-ending injury to Cameron McInnes didn’t place a lot of confidence in even the most rusted-on fan. Yet, despite the odds, they found themselves in the eight.
The run home after beating the Warriors in golden point meant there was a chance of playing finals.
The game earlier in the year when beat Parramatta showed that on any given day, if they played to their potential, they could really give the competition a shake.
Then the BBQ happened – a simple sausage sizzle, no doubt, with a couple of beers too.
Except, it should never have happened.
In fact, they were told to enjoy the win, but don’t do anything stupid.
By way of full disclosure, I have to admit that I was born in the Illawarra and have been a St George fan all my life.
The Steelers were always my second team, so when the merge happened it was perfect. I have been through the highs and lows but have never doubted my support, until now.
I had issue with the appointment of Anthony Griffin. My concerns were heightened when he tapped a couple of stars on the shoulder and said they weren’t in the long-term plans.
Assuring the media that those decisions had nothing to do with attitude, the question had to be asked why you would let them go.
The events of the infamous BBQ have shown that Hook is a good judge of character, while not wanting to rubbish the players in public.
Hook chose Ben Hunt as captain and many wondered why. For the record, I’ve always supported that call as I’ve been a Ben Hunt fan for a long time.
It wasn’t just a C beside his name, he was finally able to lead the team around the park and set the standards. That’s why the Dragons players need to follow the lead of their captain.
Not the dumb Hunt who dropped the ball in the grand final and cost the Broncos a premiership, but the smart Hunt who realised that the Broncos were throwing support behind Anthony Milford.
Taking the money and opportunity that the Dragons offered was a good call.
His good judgement in not being at the BBQ shows the leader that he is.
He wasn’t the Hunt who threw the BBQ, he wasn’t the Hunt who hid under a bed, he wasn’t the Hunt who ran five kilometres home and he wasn’t the Hunt who left his wallet and car at the scene.
So the Dragons players need to stop being a bunch of dumb Hunts, and instead be a bunch of smart Hunts.