Dragons wary of under siege Rabbitohs - Sports News - Fanatics - the world's biggest events

Dragons wary of under siege Rabbitohs

By Steve Jancetic 31/05/2008 03:34:59 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney have had a few bad weeks this year but the past seven days have probably trumped them all.

It started with a loss to Melbourne, though that was hardly a surprise given the Rabbitohs had managed just one win so far this year and the defending premiers were virtually at full strength.

Then came the resignation of executive chairman Peter Holmes a Court, to be replaced by former chief executive Shane Richardson and former chairman Nick Pappas.

Then former Penrith premiership winning coach John Lang was brought in as a football consultant, hardly the sort of move which smacks of an endorsement for head coach Jason Taylor.

To top it all off, on Thursday their star 2009 recruit Luke Lewis announced he would be staying at Penrith, a lavish lunch with high-profile co-owner Russell Crowe not enough to change his mind.

The Rabbitohs kept Taylor and the players at arms length from the media all week, allowing only Richardson to answer a few questions over the club's future direction and injured halfback Craig Wing to defend the morale of the players.

But all this has St George Illawarra scared heading into the clash with the Bunnies at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon because the Dragons know that at some point things will turn for the red and green army.

The Dragons have strung together back to back wins over last year's grand finalists in the past fortnight but a loss to the wooden spoon favourites would take some gloss off their recent achievements.

"They've had some administration changes this week and they'll be out to impress," Dragons halfback Ben Hornby said.

"They (also) changed their combinations again so it's a little bit of an unknown. We've got to go out there and play a good game for ourselves.

"It's been a good month and we need to keep that going with a win this weekend.

"It won't waste what we've done but it would definitely be disappointing (to lose). We've got to keep winning to go up the ladder, we're still not in a great position."

The Dragons will be without skipper Mark Gasnier due to a hamstring injury, Josh Morris moving from wing to centre with Chase Stanley the new winger.

Taylor has again reshuffled the halves with former Dragons lower grader George Ndaira handed the No.7 jumper alongside utility Dean Widders in the halves.

Brought to you by AAP AAP © 2020 AAP

0 Comments about this article

Post a comment about this article

Please sign in to leave a comment.
Becoming a member is free and easy, sign up here.

« All sports news