In the 31 year history of the Charity Shield it had never been played outside of Sydney, so when the game was scheduled for WIN stadium I wanted to take Ethan (our son) who is a huge Dragons fan to this historical Dragons V Rabbit’s match.
There was a good mix of fans spread around the ground both hoping for their respective team to win and the game got off to a solid start with both teams hitting the ball and each other hard. I was amazed at just how big some of these guys are, the Burgess Brothers especially.
The Dragons let in 1, then 2 soft tries and the signs didn’t look great. However the quickly hit back giving their fans some hope, but it was short lived with the rabbito’s running away with the game. The Dragons defence was non-existent and the offence was stagnant. At half-time it is 22-4 to Souths.
The 2nd half surely had to be better but it wasn’t to be and the rabbits soon run in a few more tries. A couple of big-name player injuries halted the game for a while but when the score blew out to 32-4 it was all over. Not to lie down the Dragons did fight back scoring a few late tries to add some respectability to the score.
Ethan and I had both had enough with 10min to go and we opted not to be among the many who boo'd the Dragons off the field. The final score of 32-20 was no indication of how poorly the Dragons played. It might have been a trial match but the St George-Illawarra Dragons have a lot of improving to do otherwise it’ll be a long year.
I felt sorry for Ethan who came to watch his favourite team, only for them to get smashed.