2011 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

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2011 St. George Illawarra Dragons
2011 record 14-11-1
Home record 8-4-0
Away record 6-7-1
Points for 507
Points against 375
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 Matt Cooper (14)
Goals Jamie Soward (68)
Points Jamie Soward (157)
 < 2010 2012

The 2011 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 13th in the joint venture club's history. Coached by Wayne Bennett and captained by Ben Hornby they competed in the NRL's 2011 Telstra Premiership as defending champions. The Dragons finished the regular season 5th (out of 16) before being knocked out of the finals by the Brisbane Broncos. This was Bennett's last match with the Dragons as he moved to the Newcastle Knights for the 2012 NRL season.

Pre Season[edit]

In the pre-season the Dragons won their annual Charity Shield match against South Sydney before travelling to take on reigning Super League champions, Wigan Warriors.

The Dragons won all three of their pre-season games. This included victory in the 2011 World Club Challenge, giving them the title of best club rugby league team in the world.

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
13 February Charity Shield South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 32 – 10 19,267 [1]
18 February Mercury Challenge Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs WIN Stadium, Wollongong 28 – 12 6,174 [2]
27 February 2011 World Club Challenge Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors DW Stadium, Wigan 21 – 15 24,268 [3]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw

Regular Season[edit]

By the middle of the regular season the Dragons were leading the competition.

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
12 March 1 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park, Gold Coast 25 – 16 21,709 [4]
21 March 2 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Toyota Stadium, Cronulla 10 – 16 12,183 [5]
27 March 3 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland 25 – 12 11,651 [6]
3 April 4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Ausgrid Stadium, Newcastle 20 – 18 20,986 [7]
10 April 5 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 25 – 6 31,122 [8]
18 April 6 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 16 – 0 22,771 [9]
25 April 7 (ANZAC Day Test) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney 24 – 10 34,976 [10]
1 May 8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 30 – 0 19,319 [11]
8 May 9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 22 – 8 13,056 [12]
13 May 10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 15 – 10 34,322 [13]
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29 May 12 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 24 – 18 19,892 [14]
3 June 13 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta 14 – 14 16,066 [15]
10 June 14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 14 – 28 10,139 [16]
17 June 15 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 14 – 21 34,185 [17]
27 June 16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles WIN Stadium, Wollongong 24 – 6 18,974 [18]
3 July 17 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights WIN Stadium, Wollongong 10 – 14 17,205 [19]
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18 July 19 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 38 – 8 16,897 [20]
25 July 20 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium, Canberra 19 – 24 10,425 [21]
31 July 21 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs WIN Stadium, Wollongong 24 – 34 18,980 [22]
5 August 22 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney 14 – 16 27,687 [23]
14 August 23 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters WIN Stadium, Wollongong 12 – 20 14,141 [24]
19 August 24 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm AAMI Park, Melbourne 6 – 8 24,081 [25]
28 August 25 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors WIN Stadium, Wollongong 26 – 22 15,732 [26]
2 September 26 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers WIN Stadium, Wollongong 32 – 12 13,621 [27]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw       Bye

Finals[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
9 September Qualifying Final Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers ANZ Stadium, Sydney 12 – 21 45,631 [28]
17 September Semi Final Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 12 – 13 48,474 [29]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw       Bye

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 19 - 5 2 521 308 213 42
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 18 - 6 2 539 331 208 40
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 18 - 6 2 511 372 139 40
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 - 9 2 519 430 89 34
5 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 24 14 1 9 2 483 341 142 33
6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 14 - 10 2 504 393 111 32
7 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 - 10 2 532 480 52 32
8 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 12 - 12 2 478 443 35 28
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 12 - 12 2 449 489 -40 28
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 - 13 2 531 562 -31 26
11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 10 - 14 2 417 500 -83 24
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 9 - 15 2 430 517 -87 22
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 - 17 2 428 557 -129 18
14 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 6 1 17 2 385 538 -153 17
15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 6 - 18 2 423 623 -200 16
16 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 6 - 18 2 363 629 -266 16

Squad[edit]

St. George Illawarra Dragons
Current NRL premiership squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Steve Price
  • Jeremy Hickmans (performance director)
  • Scott Campbell (strength & conditioning)
  • Adrian Lam (NYC head coach)

Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
  • (gk) Goal kicker
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: 29 May 2011
Source(s): Player profiles, Rugby League Project


Transfers[edit]

Gains

Player Gained From
Adam Cuthbertson Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Daniel Penese Penrith Panthers
David Gower Wests Tigers

Losses

Player Lost To
Neville Costigan Newcastle Knights
Jeremy Smith Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Jarrod Saffy Melbourne Rebels
Ricky Thorby North Queensland Cowboys
Michael Lett Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Beau Henry Newcastle Knights
Kalifa Faifai Loa North Queensland Cowboys
Junior Paulo Penrith Panthers
Luke Priddis Retirement

References[edit]