2013 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

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2013 St. George Illawarra Dragons season
2013 recordWins: 7; Losses: 17
Points scoredFor: 379; Against: 530
Team information
CoachAustralia Steve Price
Captain
StadiumWIN Jubilee Oval WIN Stadium
Top scorers
Tries9 Daniel Vidot, Jason Nightingale & Brett Morris
Goals21 Jamie Soward
Points58 Jamie Soward
2012 2014 >

The 2013 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was the 15th in the joint venture club's history. Coached by Steve Price and captained by Ben Creagh, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2013 Telstra Premiership. This season was the worst year performance wise since the joint venture was created. They finished only over the top of Wests Tigers & the Parramatta Eels.

The Dragons started the season losing their first 3 games to Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos & Canberra Raiders only to come back and win their next 3 over Cronulla Sharks, Newcastle Knights & Wests Tigers. The Knights win coming at a cost, with the injury of New Zealand international Gerard Beale for the season. Unfortunately for the Dragons those were the only wins they could string together in 2013 losing another 3 to the Sydney Roosters, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Gold Coast Titans.

Round 10 saw a glimmering light at the end of the tunnel for the Dragons when they signed former Canberra Raiders superstar Josh Dugan. Dugan was seen as the answer to the fullback spot left by the injured Beale. He kicked off his career at the joint venture scoring 2 tries in the team's romp of the Parramatta Eels 32-12 at WIN Stadium.

The next week the Dragons were sent back to earth with a thud as they became the first St. George Dragons / St. George Illawarra Dragons team to be kept to nil at Jubilee Oval as the Penrith Panthers ran in 3 unanswered tries to win 19-0. This was followed by a loss to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs by 2 points. This was the last game for the club's all time leading point scorer Jamie Soward for the Dragons as he was dumped out of the side and two weeks later released to join the London Broncos of the Super League.

Over the month of June the Dragons 3-1 record with only a solitary win of the Newcastle Knights in Newcastle, Josh Dugan again scoring 2 tries.

July started disastrously for the Red V again being kept to nil by the Sydney Roosters, losing 36-0. After this night the Dragons had to win almost every remaining game to stay in the final hunt. Round 17 saw first v 2nd last as the Dragons played the South Sydney Rabbitohs away at ANZ Stadium with the Dragons showing true grit to score twice in 10 mins to bring the game into extra time. Brett Morris getting the winning try in golden point extra time.

However the Dragons then went on a streak that was etched in the club's history books, losing their next 6 games, including the 2 teams below them on the points table, an embarrassing loss to Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels. Four of those six games were lost by 4 points or less, including a heart-stopping loss to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks where Sharks player Andrew Fifita scored on the buzzer to win the local derby after trailing the whole game.

In the last game of the year the Red V said goodbye to some legends of the game including Matt Cooper (rugby league), Nathan Fien and Michael Weyman. The 17 on the field, scoring an impressive 19-10 win over the New Zealand Warriors who needed a win to keep their finals hopes alive.

Squad[edit]

St. George Illawarra Dragons
Current NRL premiership squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Steve Folkes - Assistant Coach
  • Paul McGregor - NSW Cup Head Coach
  • Andrew Gray - Performance Director
  • Scott Campbell - Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Dan Lawson - Physiotherapist
  • Matt Shirvington - Sprint Coach
  • Melanie MacDonald - Sports Science/Dietitian & Nutritionist
  • Rob Leslie - Athletic Development Coach
  • Robert Finch - Operations Manager

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


Transfers[edit]

New Signings

Transfers/leaving

Ladder[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (P) 24 18 0 6 2 640 325 +315 40
2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 18 0 6 2 588 384 +204 40
3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 16 1 7 2 589 373 +216 37
4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 15 1 8 2 588 366 +222 35
5 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 14 0 10 2 468 460 +8 32
6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 13 0 11 2 529 463 +66 30
7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 12 1 11 2 528 422 +106 29
8 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 12 0 12 2 507 431 +76 28
9 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 11 0 13 2 500 518 −18 26
10 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 11 0 13 2 495 532 −37 26
11 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 11 0 13 2 495 554 −59 26
12 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 10 1 13 2 434 477 −43 25
13 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 10 0 14 2 434 624 −190 24
14 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 7 0 17 2 379 530 −151 18
15 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 7 0 17 2 386 687 −301 18
16 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 5 0 19 2 326 740 −414 14

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