Confused. Disappointed. Hurt. That is the general feeling amongst Dragons after the shameful surrender against the Roosters. It wasn’t the huge comebacks like against Canberra and South Sydney but it was an empty feeling.
Normally when the Dragons go into halftime with a lead, even a slender two point lead like yesterday, they would grind their opponents into the dust, as recent history shows, that hasn’t happened.
Besides the backdoor exit in the finals of 2009, this might be the lowest point of Bennett’s reign at St George Illawarra. Four losses in a row, 2 from 10 since the origin period, it isn’t enjoyable reading for Dragons fans or the coaching staff.
This isn’t to overlook, how amazing and impressive, the past two and a half years have been. Two minor premierships, a grand final win and topped off by the World Club Champions in February this year are great but the main thing, Bennett and his coaching brought was belief! Belief that we can defend anything, defeat anyone and have a team, that would put in every week.
Looking at the team in the last few weeks and months, that belief has deteriorated to what was on display yesterday afternoon, surrendering to a team that was battling for the wooden spoon.
Scarier is that, the supercoach Wayne Bennett doesn’t have the answers, all Dragons thought he had to every situation that arose, even saying, he is beyond concerned about the Dragons slump. That is what has caused this backlash against Bennet and the team.For the first time, since 2008, Dragons fans can’t trust Wayne Bennett to deliver them victories.
Unfortunately that feeling won’t be erased overnight. All us fans have to strap in for the ride, put our belief into the players like the previous two seasons and hope the playing group will get together to rectify this form and make a charge deep in September.
Next up for St George Illawarra, is probably the game we need. An away clash against the table topping Melbourne, with a large crowd in which 80% will be against them. There is their opportunity to prove all these slogans from the past few seasons, “Red V is apart of me”, “Proud.Inspired.True” aren’t only useful to sell memberships and show the passion for the team, perfectly illustrated by Dean Young.
Fans have our own part in this, even if you can’t get to Melbourne to cheer on the team, stick solid, remain positive and get two the remaining home games, to show the boys they still have the fans behind them, if nothing else. “In Wayne We Trust,”