Dragons interim coach Dean Young has called out his side after their demoralising loss to the Raiders, admitting that it was ‘disappointing’ that they were forced to rely on debutant Cody Ramsey to be their best player.
Having impressed during the NRL Nines, Ramsey crossed twice in the first half as the Dragons kept pace with the Raiders during the first half.
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However, they were blown out in the second half, conceding four tries in 25 minutes as they fell to a 37-8 loss, their third consecutive.
Whilst Young was pleased to see Ramsey excel in his first game in the NRL, he conceded that he was unimpressed that the rest of the squad failed to match the same level of effort and performance as the 20-year-old.
“He’s what this club should be about, bloke that turns up and tries his hardest at training every day and as you all got to see today, he tries that hard in the game and he should’ve had three tries today as we just touch on.
“I’m really happy for him but I’m a little bit disappointed from the group that a 20-year-old kid making his debut was our best player so there’s some good to it and some disappointment to it.
« He was getting up at four in the morning going to work, working all day, coming down to Wollongong from Sydney, training at the university, best trainer at the 20s and getting home at 8:30-9 and doing it all over again.
“This year we all got excited about what he did over in the Nines and he then did his shoulder. He’s fought his way back and earned his way into the team through determination and competing at training.”
Young lambasted the side’s lack of fight in the final tackles, accusing them of not trying towards the back end of the Raiders’ sets.
« We’re down on confidence, we’ve been losing a lot the last two years and our confidence is down. We’re just not nailing our stuff with the ball that we need to,” Young said.
“Before today, we let in 22 tries on the last tackle and we spoke about that and really focused on because Canberra are good at it and we let in two tries, the most of any side in the competition,
“We’re all a bit embarrassed, the fans that turned up today would’ve like to have seen a better performance and as a group, we’d like to deliver that a lot better performance then what we did. »
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