2010 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

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2010 St. George Illawarra Dragons
NRL Champions
League 1st NRL
2010 record 27-20-7
Home record 12-9-3
Away record 15-11-4
Points for 591
Points against 319
Team information
CEO Australia Peter Doust
Coach Australia Wayne Bennett
Assistant Coach Australia Steve Price
Captain Australia Ben Hornby
Ground

WIN Jubilee Oval

WIN Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Brett Morris (20)
Goals Jamie Soward (84)
Points Jamie Soward (197)
 < 2009 2011

The 2010 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 12th in the joint venture club's history. They competed in the National Rugby League's 2010 Telstra Premiership, securing their second successive minor premiership and becoming the only team to be awarded the J. J. Giltinan Shield consecutively since the NRL was formed in 1998. The Dragons went on to compete in the 2010 NRL Grand Final, defeating the Sydney Roosters to gain the club's first premiership since their formation in 1999.

Season summary[edit]

Restarting their ambitions of a maiden Premiership, the Dragons began the 2010 season without dual international Wendell Sailor after the winger announced his retirement during the pre-season.[1] The Dragons had been competition favourites since day one of the 2010 season, and for all but three rounds of the entire regular season were on top of the ladder (the Sydney Roosters were on top after rounds 1 and 2 and the Melbourne Storm were on top after round 4, when they defeated the Dragons 17-4).

In the regular season of 2010, the Dragons lost only seven matches, against Melbourne in round 4, Manly in round 9, Canberra in rounds 11 and 24, Penrith in round 17, the Gold Coast in overtime in round 20 and Brisbane in round 21. The Dragons built their season on defence and when they finished the regular season, they became only the 2nd team in the NRL to concede less than 300 points in a season. 299 points were scored against them at an average of 12.4 points per game. The St George Illawarra Dragons headed into the week one of the finals and had a great victory against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles winning 28 - 0. After the week off the St George Illawarra Dragons faced the Wests Tigers in the preliminary final and won 13 - 12. The Dragons then faced the Sydney Roosters in the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final and despite trailing 6-8 at halftime they scored 26 unanswered points in a wet second half to win 32-8 and secure the first NRL Premiership for the joint venture.

A major coup for the club was the re-signing of former captain and star centre Mark Gasnier following his stint in French rugby union.

Pre-season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
14 February Trial Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Members Equity Stadium, Perth 34 – 20 9,450 [1]
20 February Mercury Challenge Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs WIN Stadium, Wollongong 16 – 14 [2]
27 February Charity Shield South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 26 – 26 27,221 [3]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
12 March 1 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta 18 – 12 18,293 [4]
19 March 2 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs WIN Stadium, Wollongong 26 – 6 16,177 [5]
26 March 3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys WIN Stadium, Wollongong 33 – 8 13,267 [6]
2 April 4 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Etihad Stadium, Melbourne 4 – 17 25,480 [7]
9 April 5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos WIN Stadium, Wollongong 34 – 16 15,374 [8]
16 April 6 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park, Gold Coast 19 – 6 21,336 [9]
25 April 7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney 28 – 6 36,212 [10]
1 May 8 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks WIN Stadium, Wollongong 38 – 0 15,779 [11]
8 May 9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval, Manly 6 – 24 16,745 [12]
14 May 10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 19 – 6 37,773 [13]
23 May 11 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders WIN Stadium, Wollongong 14 – 22 14,728 [14]
28 May 12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 30 – 0 15,068 [15]
6 June 13 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland 22 – 20 8,312 [16]
14
20 June 15 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Toyota Stadium, Cronulla 22 – 4 16,773 [17]
25 June 16 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 34 – 10 16,574 [18]
5 July 17 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 8 – 12 12,974 [19]
18
16 July 19 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 16 – 13 22,368 [20]
23 July 20 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 10 – 11 12,688 [21]
1 August 21 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 6 – 10 42,269 [22]
8 August 22 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 19 – 12 37,994 [23]
16 August 23 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 32 – 10 14,740 [24]
22 August 24 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium, Canberra 16 – 32 20,445 [25]
28 August 25 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle 26 – 18 23,148 [26]
5 September 26 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 38 – 24 18,274 [27]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw       Bye

Finals[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
12 September Qualifying Final Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 28 – 0 15,574 [28]
25 September Preliminary Final Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers ANZ Stadium, Sydney 13 – 12 71,212 [29]
3 October Grand Final Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters ANZ Stadium, Sydney 32 – 8 82,334 [30]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw

2010 NRL Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 17 0 7 2 518 299 +219 38
2 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 15 0 9 2 645 489 +156 34
3 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 0 9 2 537 503 +34 34
4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 15 0 9 2 520 498 +22 34
5 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 14 0 10 2 539 486 +53 32
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 14 0 10 2 559 510 +49 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 499 493 +6 30
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 12 0 12 2 545 510 +35 28
9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 0 13 2 584 567 +17 26
10 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 11 0 13 2 508 535 −27 26
11 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 499 569 −70 24
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 10 0 14 2 413 491 −78 24
13 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 9 0 15 2 494 539 −45 22
14 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 0 17 2 354 609 −255 18
15 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 5 0 19 2 425 667 −242 14
16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 14 0 10 2 489 363 +126 01

1 Melbourne were deducted eight premiership points and barred from receiving premiership points for the rest of the season due to gross long-term salary cap breaches.[2]


Squad[edit]

No. Position Player
1 Australia FB Darius Boyd
2 Australia WG Brett Morris
3 Australia CE Matt Cooper
4 Australia CE Mark Gasnier
5 New Zealand WG Jason Nightingale
6 Australia FE Jamie Soward (GK)
7 Australia HB Ben Hornby Captain sports.svg
8 Australia PR Dan Hunt
9 Australia HK Dean Young (VC)
10 Australia PR Michael Weyman
11 Australia SR Beau Scott
12 Australia SR Ben Creagh
13 New Zealand LK Jeremy Smith
No. Position Player
New Zealand HK Nathan Fien
Papua New Guinea SR Neville Costigan
Australia SR Matt Prior
South Africa SR Jarrod Saffy
Australia PR Trent Merrin
Australia PR Michael Greenfield
Australia CE Nick Emmett
Australia HK Luke Priddis
Australia PR Jon Green
Australia FE Kyle Stanley
New Zealand PR Ricky Thorby
Australia WG Peni Tagive
Australia WG Michael Lett

*VC - Vice Captain *GK - Goal Kicker

Transfers[edit]

Gains

Player Gained From
Michael Greenfield South Sydney Rabbitohs
Peni Tagive Wests Tigers
Junior Paulo Parramatta Eels
Mark Gasnier Stade Français

Losses

Player Lost To
Mickey Paea Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Justin Poore Parramatta Eels
Wendell Sailor Retirement
Chase Stanley Melbourne Storm
Dean Whare Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warren, Adrian (12 November 2009). "Wendell Sailor announces his retirement from rugby league". Fox Sports. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Stuart Honeysett and Brent Read (23 April 2010) Shocking end to the Melbourne Storm era The Australian