DRAGONS BLOG: Beating theWarriors

If you’re going out on Saturday night and you record the footy with the plan to watch it on Sunday, make sure you stay far away from Twitter.
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I learned that over the weekend. We’d gone away for the weekend and I’d done very well to avoid any mention of the game on Saturday.

But then I woke up on Sunday morning and, without thinking, I flicked through my Twitter feed and there they were. Loads of tweets talking about how we’d thumped the Warriors by 38-6.

So when I did sit down on Sunday night to watch the game, there were no nerves or much excitement as I already knew the outcome.

I imagine had I not known the score I’d have been thrilled with the game, especially the second half where we scored 26 points (that’s more points than we’ve scored in all but two matches this season), and stoked at the efforts of our players

But knowing the result allowed me to take a different view. And what I noticed is that I don’t think we played all that well – we certainly bombed a few tries during the game and looked a bit lost from time to time.

Also, what helped us to that high score was the stunningly uninterested New Zealand team. The commentators described the Warriors as looking like they were at a training run and that’s exactly right – especially in defence. So often they looked like they were going at half-speed.

So the scoreline did flatter us a bit – a better team would have cracked the half-century mark against the Warriors team that turned up on Saturday.

I’m not going to ask the question ‘‘why couldn’t we have played like this all season?’’, because I think we actually didn’t play too much better than usual. The big differences were the fact that the players finally seem to have figured out that Trent Merrin can offload the ball, so someone tends to follow him now and Jamie Soward strong kicking game.

The Warriors were so inept that they allowed us to rack up a big score without much effort.

Still, at least Ben Hornby and Dean Young got to leave their home ground for the last time as winners.

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