Tag: Gareth Widdop

Gareth Widdop in hot pursuit of Mitchell Pearce in race for Steele Sports Medal

New South Wales halfback Mitchell Pearce holds a slender lead over St George Illawarra’s Gareth Widdop after the pair received three votes each in their respective matches over the weekend. Only a few weeks ago, the duo were sitting on 15 votes with Paul Vaughan and Cameron Smith but have skipped clear recently.   After […]

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Widdop joins Vaughan, Pearce Smith on top of Steele Sports Medal

St George Illawarra half Gareth Widdop has joined Dragons teammate Paul Vaughan, Mitchell Pearce and Melbourne Storm legend Cameron Smith on top of The81stMinute’s Steele Sports Medal after 13 NRL rounds. Widdop received three votes for his performance against Wests Tigers while Penrith Panthers captain Matt Moylan jumped to equal third with one vote for […]

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Steele Sports Medal after round seven

Gareth Widdop and Cameron Smith have moved within striking distance of Paul Vaughan atop the Steele Sports Medal with man of the match performances in round 7. Darius Boyd and Mitchell Pearce have also leapfrogged South Sydney’s Cody Walker. Check out all the votes after round 7 below:   After Round 7 Paul Vaughan 13 […]

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Veteran playmaker McCrone not fazed by Dragons halves merry-go-round

Many good experts believed the St George Illawarra Dragons would struggle in 2017 especially when rookie halfback Drew Hutchison went down in pre-season with a long term injury. But that hasn’t stopped veteran Josh McCrone from making the halfback position his own as his partnership with captain Gareth Widdop continues to grow. “It’s been nice […]

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Steele Sports Medal after Round Six

St George Illawarra’s Paul Vaughan and Gareth Widdop are first and second respectively after six rounds of the Steele Sports Medal. Widdop took three votes away from Brookvale on Saturday but Vaughan’s two votes means he is now out to 13 points after just six games. Cody Walker’s Man of the Match performance against Penrith […]

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The Saints are marching: Why the fight-or-flight Dragons can make it all the way to the playoffs

BY CURTIS WOODWARD They are 3-1 to start 2017, boast the season’s top points scorer, The81stMinute’s Steele Sports Medal leader and three of the top scoring fantasy players to begin the year but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a St George Illawarra Dragons fan willing to break the shackles and dance from the rooftops just […]

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We’re ready to back up last week’s win: Widdop

The St George Illawarra Dragons are desperate to back up their upset win over Premiers Cronulla with a similar performance this weekend according to captain Gareth Widdop. Widdop’s Dragons have been inconsistent to start 2017 beginning with a huge win over Penrith in round before being outplayed by Parramatta in Wollongong the following week. Last […]

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2017 Predictions: St George Illawarra Dragons

BY CURTIS WOODWARD St George Illawarra Dragons Coach: Paul McGregor Pre-season: Auckland Nines February 4th and 5th, v Wests Tigers February 11th, v South Sydney February 19th   What they’ll get right: The Dragons have some quality forwards which will keep them in plenty of contests. They need a monster year from Tyson Frizell and […]

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I’m taking responsibility for Dragons attack: Widdop

St George Illawarra captain Gareth Widdop says he will be taking ownership of the Dragons attack with Benji Marshall’s exit and a pre-season injury to young half Drew Hutchison. The Dragons also have to consider who to partner with Widdop in the pre-season with former Canberra playmaker Josh McCrone the frontrunner. “We’ll be changing things […]

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Widdop dropped, Cronk rested, JWH injured: Four Nations teams

BY CURTIS WOODWARD ENGLAND Wayne Bennett has dropped England’s veteran playmaker Gareth Widdop for their clash with Scotland this weekend. He has been replaced by Wigan’s George Williams. “I’ll try to stay as close to the team that I will probably pick to play against Australia,” Bennett said. “We just need more time together, this […]

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