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Feb 23, 2018 - A Southerner in League #8 – A little bit of knowledge can be dangerous.

It’s been quite some time since I penned the last Southerner in League column and there has been much change at both Stade Gilbert Brutus and at my own Yaxley Yaks Club.

The Dragons might have turned over a few players and coaches but their results are still very average.

Having played and coached the six tackle game now (albeit non-contact) I am finding myself sitting in front of the television looking at how Steve McNamara has set us side up.

My own team have a set pattern of play throughout the club from the age of 3 upwards. We call it to “play the Yaxley way” and it is a detailed document for all coaches and school PE teachers who work with us.

For me there is no point having the game taught in different ways by different coaches, especially as our ultimate aim remains to develop a competitive senior touch side with players who have transferrable skills to all other forms of rugby.

As a club just over a year old and with limited experience on both the playing and coaching staff we have to keep the patterns of play simple and effective. Take the ball up the park as far as possible for a set number of plays before bringing the half back up to the line to look for deep runners.

You could call it a sort of one-out rugby with the centres just trying to make the metres the defence has to drop (and maybe a couple more). In touch this set up works and it tends to suck the wingers in to cover the defenders in the centre of the park, thus freeing up space for the right pass.

Steve McNamara and his team seem to be playing a variant of one-out rugby at the moment with a very un-Dragons like ‘safety first’ policy.

This could and should be effective but errors in attack are putting too much pressure on the defence who can’t keep teams out.  

It’s really frustrating when you think back to the brilliant off the cuff play at St Helens for Daryl Millard to score that try. You most certainly wouldn’t back the current Dragons to make that play.

Maybe McNamara is trying to make us harder to beat first before adding some flair finishes to the play book. I hope so as its pretty painful viewing right now, even with my limited knowledge… I can only imagine what it must be like for someone with a decent rugby league brain. 

Feb 19, 2018 - Domestic bliss as St Esteve get to cup 1/4

Ille (9) 9

T : Lapierre
G : Burghoffer 2
DG : Burghoffer

Saint-Estève XIII Catalan (20) 58
T :
 Pala 4, Belmas, J. Flovie 3, Franco, Jouffret, Grandgeon
G : Jouffret 7
DG :

 

A four try haul from Mathias Pala set St Esteve on the way to a good win in the French cup. 

Feb 16, 2018 - Feeble Dragons leave questions being asked

Hull KR (16) 23

T : Ryan Shaw, Mose Masoe, Shaun Lunt, Danny Tickle
G : Ryan Shaw 3
DG : Chris Atkin

Dragons Catalans (0) 4

T :  David Mead 

G:

DG :

There may be trouble ahead for Steve McNamara after the troubled head coach saw his side succumb to a third consecutive defeat to start the season. 

Amazingly his position is being questioned less than a month into the season with his side nowhere close to being competitive in matches. 

"We can't get any worse" he told the press afterwards.

After a terrible last couple of campaigns, Dragons fans may wonder if he is wrong and they can...

Feb 13, 2018 - Dragons beaten but perform much better

Dragons Catalans (0) 12

:  David Mead ,  Alrix Da Costa 
:  Lucas Albert  2
DG :

St Helens (12) 21

: Jonny Lomax, Regan Grace, Adam Swift
: Danny Richardson 4
DG : Danny Richardson

 

Dragons players and management will have left Stade Gilbert Brutus late on Saturday evening with a sense of what might have been. 

After a second half capitulation at Widnes the previous week, the Dragons chose the first half to play poorly this week. 

They were only two scores behind hot title favourites St Helens before building a come back started by David Mead. 

When Saints were reduced to 12 men it looked on, but referee Phil Bentham chose to send  Benjamin Julien to the sin bin to even things up a bit. 

We had a rant on the day about the official winking at Saints players once he had given penalties and generally being in their pocket so we will move on. 

Big game now coming up against Hull KR.

Feb 13, 2018 - Gigot allowed to return

Tony Gigot has had his ban overturned and is cleared to return to action with Catalans Dragons when fit. 

 

Feb 6, 2018 - Last minute heartache for domestic league side.

Lézignan (14) 28

: Costes, Gregorius , Tort, Sarda
: Benausse 6

Saint-Estève XIII Catalan (8)  24

: Ambert 2, J. Flovie, Yaha
: Guasch 4

 

The return of Eloi to the South of France went well for Cyril Stacul and Lezignan. 

A late try saw the Catalans beaten for the second time in three matches. 

Feb 6, 2018 - Dismal Dragons hammered on opening day.

We've been here before havent we folks? 

A winter of optimism and restructure felled at the first hurdle against a side widely tipped to finish bottom. 

Maybe the performance at Leigh in the Million pound game was a mirage?

It had started so well with David Mead and Ben Julien crossing on debut, but the second half saw us run ragged. Even Krisnan Inu scored...

 

Oh well.

 

It doesn't get any easier with title favourites St Helens visiting at the weekend. 

 

Widnes Vikings (12) 40

: Chris Dean 2, Joe Mellor, Krisnan Inu, Patrick Ah Van, Charlie Runciman, Stefan Marsh
: Tom Gilmore 6

Catalans Dragons (12) 12

: David Mead, Benjamin Jullien
: Luke Walsh 2

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