Griffin refuses to blame BBQ breach for loss


Dragons coach Anthony Griffin has refused responsible St George Illawarra’s latest drama in Shellharbour for the membership’s newest loss, revealing he was assured his undermanned aspect was ok to win towards Manly regardless of taking place 32-18.

Regardless of having six gamers out on account of NRL punishments stemming from the notorious home celebration, St George Illawarra was strong within the first half and even led by two factors on the primary break, earlier than a horror opening 10 minutes within the second 40 minutes noticed Manly cross over for back-to-back tries to take management.

Following the Shellharbour home celebration hosted by former Dragon Paul Vaughan, who has since been sacked by the membership, Griffin opted for Matt Dufty, Tyrell Fuimaono and Kaide Ellis to make use of their one-game suspensions on tonight’s match towards Manly.

With Vaughan not part of the group, and Zac Lomax and Daniel Alvaro additionally out after their refusal to signal a sworn assertion concerning the celebration, the Dragons had been nicely and actually undermanned.

Griffin stated he hoped the gamers lacking in the present day would really feel the ache of in the present day’s loss, however stated on-field errors harm the Dragons greater than the absent gamers towards Manly.

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“[The suspended players] can be disenchanted like all of us,” Griffin informed reporters after the match.

“We put ourselves able to win that recreation and the primary 10 minutes of the second half was disastrous for us defensively

“I believed we had been on prime at half-time, then swiftly you are down … we had been patchy.

“We seemed like a group coming off the by spherical, that hadn’t performed plenty of footy within the final month.”

Seven gamers – Corey Norman, Jack Chicken, Josh McGuire, Blake Lawrie, Jack de Belin, Josh Kerr and Gerard Beale – had been all a part of the squad in the present day regardless of having one-game suspensions that should be served over the subsequent three weeks.

Griffin stated because the membership was compelled to maneuver to Queensland amid the NRL’s non permanent relocation, the taking part in group has moved previous the Shellharbour drama.

“I do not assume it is a matter of tackling it anymore,” Griffin stated.

“They’ve paid a worth. As a membership, we have come collectively.

“Since we acquired up right here on Wednesday, we had a extremely good week right here at coaching.

“That first 40 minutes, although it did not go our approach at occasions, we discovered a technique to get in entrance within the recreation and play some affordable footy at occasions.

“The factor that occurred at Shellharbour is over and it has been handled.”

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