DRAGONS BLOG: Round 24 footy tips

So here’s why the Dragons need to win at Canberra. Because it’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing that we haven’t won there in forever. Okay since 2000, but still that feels like forever.It’s embarrassing to support a team that is usually in finals contention each year but who can’t beat a team that saves its best form until the moment the finals are out of the question (come on, Raiders fans, that must annoy you. That they can play like kings once the pressure’s off and they’re no chance of making the finals. That would annoy the hell out of me.Look, Big League this week says “since 2001, the Green Machine has made mince meat out of the Dragons”. Rugby League Week says “It’s 3716 days since the Dragons last won in Canberra”. And the Sydney Morning Herald says “when it comes to playing in Canberra, the Dragon suck big-time. Black holes wish they could suck that hard”.Okay, so I made that last one up but, if they did really say that, no-one would bat an eyelid, because it’s true. I’ve been there to see a few of those losses in person and few things are less enjoyable that sitting in an arctic-cold stadium after your team has lost to a side that should, realistically, have been little more than a speed bump.Well, I reckon this weekend is when the Dragons break their nine-year, seven-match losing streak. Why? Well, firstly, the game is being played in the afternoon rather than the night-time, when it’s much colder and when most of the Dragons’ Canberra losses have happened. So the Raiders won’t have the weather on their side.They also won’t have the throw caution to the wind “we’re not in the finals” attitude. Instead, they’ll be feeling a bit of pressure because the Raiders are still in the finals race and need to win every game to make the top eight. That creates a new wrinkle for them – they’re not just playing for pride this weekend. The result actually means something.Also after a small slump, the Dragons form has been on a steep climb the last two weeks – compared to late last year where we met them when the death wobbles had already kicked in.So it’s a new and better Dragons outfit going down to Canberra to face a worried and under pressure Raiders side. Dragons to win. The other games: Broncos, Bunnies, Sea Eagles, Bulldogs, Storm, Tigers, TitansSeason so far: 100 points
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