DRAGONS BLOG: Round 23 footy tips

In case it had escaped anyone’s attention I’m a Dragons fan.That means I care a lot about the Dragons and precious little about any other team. In some cases I wouldn’t even be able to recognise – or even name – their players (hello, New Zealand Warriors).Perhaps the only time I have an interest is when Jarryd Hayne fails to win the game for the Eels. Not because I hate Hayne; who I hate are the people who treat him as God in a pair of footy boots when he does something great but are strangely silent when he’s not going so well.But I digress. Because of my lack of interest in any team not wearing a Red V, the Friday tips from now on will proceed as follows; I bang on about the Dragons game and list my other tips at the bottom. Which should at least please those Sharks fans who hate me because I mock their crap team.Anyway, in Round 23, the Dragons have the Monday night game against the Sea Eagles. In case you’re not a regular reader, I hate Monday Night Football. I preferred the old days where, by 6pm on Sunday night, all the games had been played. I hate having to wait around for an extra day to see my team play – and on a school night too (seriously, I’m old enough that 9pm feels late to me).Last weekend against the Roosters the Dragons showed a bit of improvement in their attack (and in their defence, which was already pretty good). But the Dragons still looked rusty, so there is scope for some improvement (which will surprise foolish Roosters fans who seem to think they played the Dragons at their peak). And we’ll see some more of that improvement against the Sea Eagles – Weyman and Fien will be so much the better for the game time, while Gaz is showing signs he’s about to make an impact.As for the team north of the Spit Bridge (wherever that is, my Sydney geography is woeful), they’re a bit inconsistent this season – win a few, lose a few, go to sleep at half-time – that sort of thing. On top of that, their worst game of the season was only a fortnight away – that would be the 32-14 shellacking at the hands of the Knights. The Knights! My God! Sure, they bounced back with a win over the Storm – but beating Melbourne doesn’t mean what it used to.Last time these two sides played, the Sea Eagles gave us a 24-6 hiding. But it’s worth remembering that back then we were missing a bunch of players due to injury and had a number of others backing up from rep games stupidly scheduled the night before.This time we’re as close to full strength as we can get. And it’s Manly who are missing key players due to injury. And they’re in for a bit more hurt on Monday night.The other games: Broncos, Sharks, Titans, Bulldogs, Warriors, Storm and TigersSeason points so far: 94.
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